Ocean Spray’s Latest Innovation Helps Foster a Zero-Waste Supply Chain

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The agricultural cooperative launches Cranberry Seeds, an upcycled ingredient with powerful nutritional benefits and clean label.

Ocean Spray’s Latest Innovation Helps Foster a Zero-Waste Supply Chain

By CGT Staff - 12/11/2020

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 farmer families, has introduced Ocean Spray Cranberry Seeds, a new innovative, upcycled, and clean-label product harvested from cranberries certified as sustainably grown and offering an array of powerful nutritional benefits to support a healthy lifestyle. A versatile ingredient, Cranberry Seeds add natural color and powerful nutrition with a neutral flavor to several different occasions including baking, blending smoothies and creating snack bars among many other possibilities. This launch marks another innovative approach to wellness by Ocean Spray, as the farmer-owned cooperative seeks to diversify use of the cranberry superfruit and empower consumers with health-focused nourishment.

"We are thrilled to be introducing Cranberry Seeds and offer even more ways for people to incorporate the cranberry superfruit into their everyday routines," said Courtney Hendrickson, director of innovation at Ocean Spray. "Moreover, we're proud that the Cranberry Seeds reflect not only our commitment to drive health and wellness, but also sustainability and our dedication to make a positive impact on our planet."

Ocean Spray Cranberry Seeds offer a multitude of nutritional attributes as an excellent source of fiber at 1.6 times the amount found in chia and flax seeds, a good source of zinc, magnesium, and Omega 3 fatty acids. In addition, the seeds are 100% natural in vibrant red color, GMO free, allergen free, and have no additives or preservatives. With these attributes, when consumed as part of a healthy diet, Cranberry Seeds have dietary fiber that can help support digestive health, zinc that can help support immunity, omega-3 fatty acids that can help support heart health, and magnesium and zinc that may also support cognitive function. 

The Cranberry Seeds are obtained from Ocean Spray's cranberries, which have been verified by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative as sustainably grown. Ocean Spray farmers implement regenerative farming as they grow the superfruit, using practices that support health and conservation of natural resources. In addition, the Cranberry Seeds themselves are upcycled from what would have been food waste, fostering a zero-waste supply chain.