Better Bean Company

Premium, refrigerated, ready to eat beans

Portland, Oregon

United States

www.betterbeanco.com

About Better Bean

Better Bean blossomed from founder Keith Kullberg’s recipe for refried beans that originated in his vegetarian youth. A favorite of his daughters, Keith would cook up his special recipe at least once of month, despite the lengthy process of the recipe. The delicious flavor and texture of their beloved beans inspired the Kullberg family to found The Better Bean Company. To preserve the quality of taste, the Kullbergs pioneered a new grocery category: fresh, ready-to-eat beans sold in the refrigerated section. Better Beans are now sold across the United States and Canada through premium and natural food retailers.

We became B Corp certified to cement our dedication to building a values-based business. We believe in the power of small business to change the food system. We truly believe our success is not just based on our bottom line, but also on our values. We proudly join the B Corp movement, committing ourselves to consistently improving and to increasing our impact.

The artisan, small batch bean recipes are made from premium locally sourced ingredients using an exclusive skillet sauté process, which gives them their rich authentic flavor. Better Bean only uses ingredients that you would find in a home kitchen and maintains vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO verified products. They are delicious as dip or straight from the tub, but they also provide the base for a variety of easy meals such as tacos, burritos, soups and salads. Better beans are so versatile that you can use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

The beans come in unique, “one-seal,” fully recyclable BPA-Free tubs. The “one-seal” system integrates the extra layer of plastic (that is often found in other fresh products) into the lid and represents a 30% reduction in carbon footprint. The lid is firmly sealed into place with heat and pressure, creating a food-safety barrier that peels off easily.

Built by a father-daughter team, The Better Bean Company has always been about family values. Better Bean believes “the strength of the dog is in the pack” and appreciates the creativity and knowledge of its employees. From the beginning the team has worked openly and transparently to learn, grow and create solutions. Better Bean also strives for long-term, loyal, win-win business relationships with its suppliers, distributors and business partners, and prefers to do business with small family-owned and values-based businesses that strengthen the community.

The Change We Seek®

The Better Bean Company is bettering the food system one bean at a time: from how their ingredients are grown and sourced to their impact on the health of their customers. Better Bean endeavors to regionalize sourcing to strengthen the regional farming economy and to minimize the adverse impact and cost of transporting products and ingredients long distances. The company’s mission is to make it easy, tasty and healthy for people to eat more beans. By pursuing their mission, Better Bean helps people eat more of a plant-based diet, which has a positive impact on both public health and the food system.

To maximize their impact, Better Bean shares the philosophy and knowledge that underlie their decisions with the wider public. Through social media and event marketing, they educate the community on healthy eating, sustainable food cultivation and the health benefits, history and preparation of beans.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Overall B Score
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80

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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