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How Your Groceries Help Rescue Food

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Together the Imperfect community has rescued over 139 million pounds of food from going to waste. Wow! And the new items worth saving just keep on coming. Oranges from a creamery, lavender left without a home, and award-winning cheese that almost went to waste – you make stories like these possible. Get the tasty scoop on a few of our new rescued items.

Not just a nugget

Quinn Snacks Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets

We love Quinn Snacks because they source their ingredients with intention. With their Farm to Bag program, you can learn where all their ingredients come from. For instance, we learned the maple syrup in their Maple Peanut Butter Nuggets actually comes from a place called “Butternut Mountain.” Seriously, we can’t make this stuff up. So when they recently had a misprint on the packaging of their Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets and were left with bags they couldn’t sell to traditional grocery stores, we were like, “GIVE US ALL THE BAGS.” Besides, all that really matters is how perfectly salty, crunchy, and creamy these Peanut Butter Nuggets are. 

Goats make the best oranges

Navel oranges at Stepladder Ranch and Creamery.

Wait, what? Stepladder Ranch & Creamery is a 3rd generation family farm in Cambria, CA. We’ve been buying their delicious goat cheese for a while, and through our relationship, we learned that there are not only goats but 40-year-old navel orange groves on their farm. Stepladder used to sell these oranges, but without a reliable buyer for the last few years, they’ve had to let their citrus fall to the ground and rot. So we decided to buy their delicious oranges and provide them with additional revenue and keep their citrus from going to waste.

Spilled milk worth crying over

Rescued San Andreas Sheep Milk Cheese from Bellwether Farms at Imperfect

When the pandemic shut down the restaurant industry, artisan dairy producers Bellwether Farms lost most of their business overnight. To make sure none of their beautiful sheep’s milk went to waste, they donated over 60,000 pints to local food banks. But with business not going back to normal quickly enough, they had to find a way to keep their business afloat. So we partnered with them to offer their creamy sheep’s milk yogurt and award-winning cheeses to our customers. For a limited time, we’ll have wedges of their truly spectacular smooth & nutty San Andreas Cheese and their savory & earthy Pepato Cheese.

Leftover Lavender  

Leftover Lavender rescued at Imperfect for our line of Saved Stems

A flower farm was left with lush fields of lavender but a customer list that dried up due to the pandemic. When we caught a whiff of this, we knew they would be a perfect fit for our line of Saved Stems! Grab a bunch for a floral arrangement that will make your home smell like a spa. After 3-5 days, hang them upside down to dry and enjoy their fragrance for months. Check out more of our flower care tips to help your lavender even last longer.

Watch for these newly rescued items and other ways to help us fight food waste each time you shop with us at Imperfect!


  • betsy A Rosenberger
    July 28, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    I love Imperfect foods. I have made more great tasting meals. You provide just enough food for 2 people. And I love the new selections coming up. I especially the goat cheese I get. Much less to buy at grocery store. Thank you

    • Imperfect
      September 29, 2021 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much for eating wonky and fresh with us! We appreciate you so much! 💚

  • Brandy Duncan-Fogg
    July 28, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips! Such a blessing! God bless you all 🤗

    • Imperfect
      September 29, 2021 at 8:01 pm


  • JoAnn Henningsen
    July 29, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    You guys are amazing! Thanks. Perfect timing as I order today.🤗

    • Imperfect Foods
      August 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

      Woohoo!! 💚🤩

  • Jack Walker
    July 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Sounds like a great program


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