In 1970, we (Michael, Paul, and Spencer, and myself) started Follow Your Heart as four young guys working in the original market and cafe in Canoga Park, CA. In 1988, Paul and I shared a common vision of a company, Earth Island, that would have the capability to provide healthful, nutritious, and delicious vegetarian food to a much larger community. We dared to dream that one day our company would inspire others to do similarly in their own fields and that a time would come when businesses everywhere saw themselves as a force for making the world better: contributing to it, not just taking from it.
To preserve and maintain our mission to produce the best plant-based food products and to make them available to as many people as possible, Earth Island looked for a partner that is both capable and well-positioned to help us accelerate and expand this effort. I am pleased to report that we have found one such company with whom we feel both a shared vision and shared values and one which we believe will, perhaps more than any other organization in the world, help us rapidly advance and expand our mission.
I invite you to join me in celebrating this wonderful milestone in Earth Island’s history as we take our place among the premier companies of the world and move forward toward the fulfillment of our dreams and our mission.