No Antibiotics Ever

Our standard is simple: No antibiotics, ever.

Applegate Humanely Raised

Animals deserve to be handled with care and respect.

No GMO Ingredients

Are GMO ingredients good or bad? The jury is out, so we took them out.

Learn more

Our standard is simple: No antibiotics, ever.

Animals deserve to be handled with care and respect.

Are GMO ingredients good or bad? The jury is out, so we took them out.

Learn more

Blog Feed - "Mission"

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We’re listening. We're learning. We’re taking action.

In recent weeks, Applegate has been reflecting on what we can do, as a company, to improve racial equity and make a meaningful, lasting impact both inside our company and externally. Today, we’re ready to start the work we hope will make a difference.

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Don't Cancel Meat. Make It Better.

When the reality of the coronavirus hit home in March, Americans rushed to the grocery store. They bought toilet paper and flour, meat and canned fruits and vegetables. But just as revealing as what they did buy was what they didn’t. Even when the store shelves were at their most empty, it was still pretty easy to get a plant-based burger.

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Mission Continues with COVID-19

Since 1987, Applegate has been on a mission: Changing The Meat We Eat.® With the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), putting unprecedented demands on the food system, that mission is more important now than ever. Applegate is paying close attention to the situation, and we’re working with partners – from farmers to warehouse distributors – to take extra measures that put safety first during this challenging time. Our team is working around the clock on precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and minimize disruptions in getting you the high-quality natural and organic meats you expect from Applegate.

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Hiring For Change

Change doesn’t just happen. It requires great leadership. That’s why Applegate®, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat brand, is proud to have added three experienced and progressive leaders to our team.

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Go Applegatarian!

The 'Go Applegatarian' movement is an extension of our brand's mission- Changing The Meat We Eat®- and we couldn't be more excited to launch it!

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Our New Natural Cheese Stands Alone

At Applegate, we’ve prided ourselves on progressing our mission: Changing The Meat We Eat® for more than 30 years, and we couldn’t be happier to add cheese to the change.

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A Letter to the USDA From Our President: Consumers Have a Right to Know What's in Their Food

Applegate is the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company, with a reputation built on trust and transparency. That is why the company has always supported GMO labeling.

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Food Allergies and The GFCF Diet

Food allergies are a serious matter for many families and one of the motivating factors as to why we choose to keep our ingredient lists simple and clean.

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A Warm Welcome to Our New President

We’re excited to introduce our newest changemaker: Applegate President John Ghingo!

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USDA Chickens Out on Us

This isn’t the first time the people responsible for setting the standards to protect us have let us down, and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last.

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Talk Is Cheap…Applegate Walks the Talk on Animal Welfare

Did you think it’s fair to label a package of bacon as organic if it was sourced from a farm where pigs are kept in crates? Yeah, we don’t either.

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How We’re Doing on Our Plan to Remove GMOs

In June 2015, we removed GMO ingredients from all of our products. In 2016, we went a step further: promising to take GMOs out of our entire supply chain and seeking third-party verification for all of our products.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Fearlessly Reading Hot Dog Labels

Thirty years ago, Applegate was founded on the simple premise of, “What if you weren’t afraid to read a hot dog label?” This bold question became a mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®.

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The Cleaner Wiener™ Is Now Even Cleaner

Our natural and organic 100% grass-fed beef hot dogs are officially verified by the Non-GMO Project.

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Tell the USDA to Stop Clucking Around on Animal Welfare!

Pardon the play on words, but the headline on this blog is pretty dead on regarding the latest action, (or should I say inaction?) at the United States Department of Agriculture regarding animal welfare rules for Organic.

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Our Commitment to More Humane Chicken Standards

At Applegate, we take pride in being the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company. We have never been content with the status quo, especially when it comes to animal welfare.

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Why Animal Welfare Standards Should Be Part of Organic Meat Labeling

The United States Department of Agriculture took a huge step forward on April 7, 2016 by proposing a rule that would make animal welfare standards part of its requirements for organic certification.

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Cheers to Changemaker Graham Meriweather

Graham created the documentary film, American Meat, which takes a look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America through the eyes of farmers.

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Cheers to Changemaker Cathy Snyder of Rolling Harvest

Changemaker Cathy Snyder of Rolling Harvest works with more than 25 social service organizations to supply food for at-risk, low-income families.

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Cheers to Changemaker Coach Mark Smallwood of Rodale Institute

Executive Director, Coach Mark Smallwood is the Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, the “birthplace of the organic movement.”

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Cheers to Changemaker Danielle Gould of Food+Tech Connect

Danielle Gould launched Food+Tech Connect to join food and technology innovators to make the world a better place through food.

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Take Action: Be A Citizen

How to be a Superbug Fighter

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The Real Cost of Food and Why You Should "Vote with Your Dollars"

Why it's important to keep choosing those products that, on the surface, cost more.

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What to Look for On a Label

What to look for on a label to make healthy and safe choices for your family.

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The Link Between Farms, Foodborne Illness, and Antibiotic Resistance

80% of antibiotics sold in the United States are given to animals raised for food. Learn more about why this is a human health hazard.