Every ingredient that goes into One Degree foods is thoroughly researched and carefully selected to optimize both taste and health benefits.
Take raisins, for example. They are packed full of healthy vitamins and minerals, high in antioxidants, and an excellent source of fiber. We retain all this nourishing goodness by turning fresh whole organic raisins into a puree that we add to our breads as a natural sweetener. Simple, delicious and so good for you!
To find organic raisins that met our high standards we travelled to Argentina, to the Frezzi family farm located in the foothills of the Andes about 1,200 meters above sea level. This particular area has a unique microclimate: the hot days and cool nights make for good quality grapes with enough sweetness to be pleasing to the palate.
“My grandparents emigrated from Italy to Argentina in 1906 full of dreams and bought their first piece of land in 1928. When I graduated as an agricultural engineer in 1972 I returned to the farm and launched our family vineyard business. In just three years, the first sun-dried grapes were turned into raisins and commercialized under the trademark of Pasafre,” explains Oscar Frezzi.
Today, the family business has grown into two successful companies: FREZZI S.A., run by Oscar and his son Diego, produces raw materials, growing grapes for wine and raisins as well as olives. L.I.R.A. S.A. operates a modern industrial plant that specializes in processing and selling certified organic raisins for FREZZI S.A.
“It’s thrilling to think that we started with infertile land 45 years ago and today, the soil is so healthy, in perfect equilibrium with nature, that we have great yields without the use of chemicals,” says Oscar with pride.
Improving the sandy soil was hardly a quick fix. It took Oscar 20 years. During that time he planted many different types of grasses, which he cut and left to mulch into the soil. He added organic material and to facilitate composting he created holes, allowing air and water to get into the soil to improve its structure. Even today, Oscar is still growing cover crops to continuously build up and improve the soil naturally.
Oscar’s decades of dedication and success in adding structure to the soil was recognized by INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria de Argentina) in 1991 when he received a prestigious award for Improving Agricultural Production.
Being an agricultural engineer – and environmentally concerned – Oscar proceeded to have the family’s vineyards Organically Certified under international standards.
One Degree Organics is proud to source ingredients from farmers who are making a real difference and setting an example for others.
“I think we all owe something to society,” explains Oscar. “I had the opportunity to study. To be born in a family that helped me. I feel it is my duty to do something good for the world. The ways I do good are by giving people jobs, making a healthy product, helping the people around us improve their quality of life, and by ensuring that we are being good to the environment and our planet for future generations.”