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Operation Build a Better Trail Mix: 3 New Additions to Our Boxes!

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We’re always looking for new ways to recover food and deliver great value. Two of the most commonly requested grocery items from our community are dried fruit and nuts. Since we also love healthy snacks like these, we’ve been keeping our eye out for a chance to source fruit and nuts in a way that supports growers and also helps fight food waste. We’re excited to share that we’ve found a way to do just that. Now you can add the building blocks of your own Imperfect trail mix to your next box!

It all started when we learned about a batch of California-grown almonds with some minor insect damage on the skin. Due to this minor cosmetic quirk, they were going to be shipped all the way to Spain to be sold, increasing the environmental footprint of this already resource-intensive crop. We offered the grower an alternative that involved far fewer food miles and 100% more almonds for you.

Along the way, we also heard about some surplus pistachios and dried berries that were stranded in a warehouse after a wholesaler ordered more of them than they could sell. We jumped at the chance to offer them in our boxes since it guarantees that they won’t go to waste and gives you a chance to build your own personal trail mix with your next Imperfect box. Just imagine the adventures you can go on powered by such a delicious and healthy snack!

Be sure to keep an eye out for our pistachios, almonds, and dried berries the next time you customize your box. We’ve also got grocery staples like rice, lentils, and beans too if you’re interested. Thanks for helping us build a sustainable trail towards a better food system for everyone, one snack, and meal at a time.

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