Certified Organic the Icing on the Cake at Sticklings Bakery

sticklings_logo When asked why the owners of Sticklings Bakery choose to operate a certified organic bakery, the answer is simple. “We are doing what we believe in,” replies Michael Walter, the owner of the bakery since 1999.

Yet, the staff at Sticklings Bakery have realized that taste is an especially important quality  to their customers. Using certified organic ingredients is just the ‘icing on the cake’ according to Walter. “Quality products that taste great are what customers value most, although a lot of our customers feel confident knowing that we follow organic standards,” states Walter.

Organic standards do not permit the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers to grow grains. In addition, genetically modified seeds and ingredients are also not allowed. Organic grains represent a large amount of organic acreage in Ontario.

According to Walter, one of the challenges when it comes to selling organic bread products is pricing. Since organic ingredients are currently priced higher than conventional ingredients, the final certified organic product is often more expensive. “Explaining this reasons behind this price difference to our customers is a challenge sometimes,” reports Walter.

Not only is the bakery certified organic and vegan, Sticklings products are also low in sodium content and have no added fat or sugar. The bakery is recognized by the Canadian Diabetes Association and its products are served at the Hospital for Sick Kids due their recognized health benefits.

The bakery has been open since 1987 and has been certified since 1996. Stickling’s Low Sodium, Whole Grain 7 Big Toast, Light Rye, and Raisin Breads can be found in all Ontario Superstores, Fortinos, Zehrs, Your Independent Grocers and Loblaws, as well as selected No Frills stores in the freezers of the Natural Value aisle – an organic food aisle. Their products can also be found in health food stores across the Province. To view their store locator click here.


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