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Our Story

 

We believe nothing has a greater impact on our lives than our food choices, and that food should benefit the body and please the senses without harming the planet.

Founded in 2001 on the premise that wild Alaskan salmon is nature's most perfect food, Vital Choice has grown into a trusted source of premium wild seafood from healthy, well-managed fisheries around the globe. Since our first day in business, we've sold only sustainably-caught seafood, donated a portion of our profits to planet-protecting programs, employed environmental strategies throughout our shipping operations, and treated our employees, suppliers, and customers right. Along the way we've acquired a fan club of nutrition and medical experts, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Dr. William Sears.

We know firsthand the importance of trust as it relates to the quality and sustainability of wild seafood. Three core members of the Vital Choice crew — Randy (Founder and CEO), Dave (President), and Terry (Senior Buyer) — collectively possess more than 50 years' experience fishing Alaskan and Northwest waters for salmon, herring, halibut, and other regional species. We work only with healthy, well-managed fisheries that meet our rigorous standards for quality and sustainability, and we conduct third-party testing for contaminants in any new seafood we offer.

In addition to nutrient-dense sustainable seafood, we offer an ever-growing range of pastured proteins, organic foods, and marine-source nutritional supplements. A certified B Corporation since 2014, we are privately owned, located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, and have a small crew of well-nourished employees.

 

Our Values

 
  • food for health

    Food for Health

    Believing that good health is our most precious gift, we strive to provide natural, minimally-processed, nutrient-dense foods of the best quality possible.

  • wild not farmed

    Wild, Not Farmed

    We only offer wild-caught fish, which is nutritionally superior to farmed fish and free of the antibiotics, pesticides, and GMO feeds used on fish farms (learn more). By selecting wild seafood, you also support the coastal communities that catch and process it.

  • sustainable seafood

    Sustainable Seafood

    We only offer environmentally responsible seafood that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or deemed Best Choice or Good Alternative by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

  • ethical sourcing

    Ethical Sourcing

    We seek ingredients that are certified organic and Fair Trade Certified™ whenever possible. We seek suppliers who uphold good manufacturing practices and who make a positive impact on their employees, communities, and the environment.

  • environmental stewardship

    Environmental Stewardship

    We donate a portion of our profits to planet-protecting programs, purchase carbon offsets to reduce our carbon footprint, and employ environmental strategies throughout our shipping operations (learn more).

  • special diets

    Special Diets

    We only offer products that are naturally gluten-free, and most of our products contain little or no added salt. We kosher-certify whenever possible, and virtually all our products are Paleo-, Keto-, and Atkins-friendly.

 

Our Impact

 
 

Environmental Stewardship: Through our VitalGreen program, we contribute a substantial sum annually to offset the entire climate-warming effects of our customer shipments, including the radiative forcing caused by jet emissions at high altitudes. Working through NativeEnergy, we've supported a methane-to-energy project at a Pennsylvania farm, and helped turn the town of Greenburg, Kansas, into a partially wind-powered community.

Corporate Giving: We contribute a portion of our net profits to a variety of organizations devoted to improving the health and well-being of people and the planet that sustains us. Current recipients include SeaShare and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Community Service: We encourage our team members to spend up to two days per year performing volunteer work in support of recognized local or national community service groups and their projects. These "Vital Choice Volunteer Days" are fully paid days off that allow our employees the chance to reconnect to their community through service.

 

Our Values at Work

 
Marine Stewardship Council seal

Marine Stewardship Council
Chain-of-Custody Certification
MSC-C-50265

Better Business Bureau seal

Better Business Bureau
Accredited Since 2004
Rated A+

Trustpilot seal

Trustpilot
Based on Over 19K Reviews
Rated Excellent

NBJ Supply Chain seal

NBJ Supply Chain
Transparency Award 2018
Nutrition Business Journal

When Work Works seal

When Work Works
Award for Exemplary Workplace Practices, 2016

 

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