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Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Nature’s Path Foods Inc. StephensCo-Founder & Co-CEO of Nature’s Path Foods Inc.<div class="ExternalClass2BB6CA9216784E3C8A060B4D4CD9449B"><p>​​Arran Stephens has passionately helped pioneer the organic movement for over 50 years —before it became a global industry. Born on his family’s farm in 1944, he learned an invaluable lesson from his dad: “Always leave the soil better than you found it.” Bettering the soil, communities and the world has been his lifelong work. </p><p>Starting with $7 and a $1,500 loan, Arran started a small natural foods restaurant in 1967 that ultimately became America’s first certified organic cereal processor in 1985, and within a few years, the world’s largest organic cereal brand - Nature’s Path. In an age of sell-outs, Nature’s Path remains a proudly independent family enterprise, involved in farming, processing and marketing organic products worldwide. All three of their modern factories have earned Zero Waste Certification—the only cereal producer so far to achieve this designation. </p><p>Nature’s Path is a Founding Partner of Loop, joining a coalition of global brands rethinking and reworking its manufacturing and packaging to offer goods in reusable containers. Through a circular, zero-waste model, empty containers are collected from the consumer and refilled by the manufacturer at least 100 times and recycled into something new at the end of the container’s life cycle. This continuous cycle of reuse and refill aims to address our waste crisis and overuse of our planet’s resources. </p><p> Arran has received many high-profile awards during his career, including; an Organic Pioneer Award from Rodale Institute (2018) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2002). Arran has contributed to the success of various organizations, where he has served, or continues to serve, including; Advisory Board of the UBC Land and Food Systems, Rodale Institute and the Canadian Health Food Association. </p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">Zero Waste Conference blog </a>for more about this speaker.</p></div>, Arran StephensGP0|#5733a304-c591-4c91-9316-22fe28620071;L0|#05733a304-c591-4c91-9316-22fe28620071|Arran Stephens;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10ArranStephens



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