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Late July Organic Snacks

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Nicole Bernard Dawes’ mom ran a natural foods store and her dad founded a potato chip company, so it’s only natural she is now on a mission to satisfy families with Late July Organic Snacks.

They’re the kind of snacks Nicole always wished for as a kid, and still searched for years later while starting her own family. That’s when she knew the time had come to recreate classic crackers and cookies with organic ingredients and without hydrogenated oils or artificial additives.

“We started Late July to create a better, more sustainable food system for our children and future generations,” Nicole says.

With help from her father, the founder of Cape Cod Potato Chips, Nicole worked diligently to create snacks that are fun for all ages without compromising on the quality of ingredients — snacks that lived up to her family’s standards so she could share them with other families everywhere.

Family remains the primary focus at Late July, where you’ll find three generations at work, including eight-year-old Stephen and four-year-old Benjamin.

“Every time I look at my children I think about the huge responsibility this is,” Nicole says. “I hope to educate people about organics through their taste buds.” At Late July, that strong sense of responsibility also extends into the community.

The company supports several nonprofit organizations through the sale of products, including the Jane Goodall Institute, American Camp Association and Whole Planet Foundation.

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St. McDuck says …

I have yet to be disappointed by anything Late July makes. Wonderful organic food always has a place in my kitchen.

mia says …

love ur product need a coupon for ur late july tortilla chips on a tight budget

Kathleen says …

We have enjoyed the varieties of Late July chips. It's nice to read the story of the company and to know they support worthy charities.

Merril says …

I have been impressed by this company and its philosophy from its inception. Not only are they creating an excellent product, but they are doing so ethically and with philanthropy. Tikkun olam -- sharing with those in need -- is a tradition in my religion. While we don't likely share the same religion, I am so pleased to see others do the same. If you haven't tried their products, I encourage you to do so. They are tasty and healthy. MAS

Nicole Bernard Dawes says …

Thanks so much for spending some time with us! We all had a blast & my sons were so excited to see the final slide show! -Nicole, CEO Late July Organic Snacks

GirlRural.com says …

I love this story and the chips look so great! I can't wait to try some.

Kate Hopkins says …

My family just discovered Late July after my son was writing a paper (a protest encouraging the government to label GMO foods). We were surprised to find that out of hundreds of crackers at our local store, Late July was the only brand that actually confirmed on the package that it was GMO-free. We bought the crackers, and brought them home, and discovered how GOOOOOOOOD they tasted. So much flavor in such a simple product. We are big fans of Late July.

JoAnn says …

WOW, no wonder I love Late July products. I also love Cape Cod chips. Late July crackers are the best. I can't even eat other crackers after trying these....I am so spoiled.

Donna says …

Continuing to try to add more healthful foods and found your wonderful Late July multi-grain tortilla chips at Costco of all places. Love 'em. Just a few with a couple ounces of hummus & organic salsa makes for a satisfying and healthful snack. Will seek out your other products at the new Whole Foods nearby. Thank you for such quality products.

Jacquie says …

Just bought your Summertime Blues at Hannaford market and they are wonderful, crisp, healthy chips. I also like that they are gluten free and that any sweetener is natural and at the end of the ingredient list. Our family of nine will be with us in August and we will be buying your chips! Thank you for this great product.

Dennis says …

I had been purchasing the Late July Peanut butter sandwich crackers...not the mini....and have not been able to find them anymore! Are you no longer making them? I don't care for the mini sandwiches as much as the larger ones.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DENNIS- I was able to reach out to Late July and they are only offering the peanut butter sandwich crackers in the mini option, both in a snack pack version and a large box. We are currently featuring Late July in our summer giveaway contest at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/summer-giveaway-late-july-organic-snacks. What better way to try out the mini sandwiches than on us!

Deborah says …

Hi, I just purchased, and enjoyed a box of organic cheese and crackers. The ingredients listed were wonderful, except I have a question about one ingredient. It was soy lecithin. Every ingredient listed said organic, except that one. Everything I've read about soy lecithin is horrible. Since the majority of soy and corn grown in this country is GMO, I hope that would not be the case with the soy lecithin in your product. My understanding about organic foods is they cannot contain GMO products. Yet, like I said, every product listed had organic in front of it, but not the soy lecithin. This stuff is showing up in everything in our foods, including our teas. Please reassure me that this is not the case with your product...because otherwise it is an excellent product.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEBORAH - Thanks for your question. I was able to double check this with our Food, Organic and Environmental Quality Standards Coordinator and he said "The USDA National Organic Standards do not allow the use of GMOs in organic food, and there is no exception made for soy ingredients.". I hope this helps!

laurie feller says …

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR PRODUCTS. THEY ARE SO TASTY AND DELICIOUS!!!!!!! I LOVE YOUR VANILLA TEA COOKIES AND THE SWEET POTATO TORTILLA CHIPS. YUM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO YOU MAD YOU VANILLA COOKIES WRAPPED IN CHOCOLATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS. WILL YOU MAKE MORE OF THESE. THEY ARE GREAT. KEEP THE GOOD FOOD COMING!!!

Tricia says …

Still looking for the ingredient list with everything listed.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TRICIA - I would love to help you but I'm not sure which list you are looking to find? Let me know and I'll see if I can track it down for you!

Mac says …

I'm a celiac and Late July corn chips are the best gluten-free chips I've tried. Unfortunately because of where I live I do not have access to your chips but once every few months since none of our stores sell them (except Walmart but they want $35 for 5, 5 oz. bags and the only other place is by Houston.) Also they're not very affordable online so I'd think about lowering the price or listing some places that sell them a bit cheaper, please.

Tommy Turner says …

This product is so good that I wanted to go to your website to find out more. Sea Salt by The Sea Shore are even approved by my wife who is a certifide personal trainer and owns her own gym. We will keep passing the word on to ur friends about how awesome your chips are. We will also try more of what you have. Thanks, Tommy

Aileen says …

Hi there, I live in Australia and found your Late July packets at an organic market stall in Bacchus Marsh Victoria. Where else in Australia can we find them, they are the best? Or how can we organise for our local fruit store to get them? Regards, Aileen

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@AILEEN - Since your question is geared more for Late July as a vendor, I would encourage you to reach out to them directly at http://www.latejuly.com/late_july_organic_snacks/. We do not have any store locations in Australia so they can let you know if they sell there and if not, how to get their product in your local stores.

Michael Yanez says …

fantastic story, we need more companies like Late July!

debbie says …

I recently purchased a couple of bags of Late July multi-grain chips at a Publix in Sanford, Florida, whatn an awesome chip :). I am interested in what other flavors you have. I also went to a publix in Mt. Dora, Fl and they do not carry your chip so I made a special request for them to order Late July products. This is truly a very flavorful chip and I will continue to purchase them when I can find them.

May Best says …

Love Late July! Are the dairy products in the chips pasteurized?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DEBBIE - I would suggest reaching out to either Late July or Publix for the flavors they carry. You can typically find tons of options at your local Whole Foods as well!

chris says …

Where are the snack-sized packages of the Late July cookies? They were chocolate sandwich cookies with white or chocolate filling. these were very popular in my family and they are no longer stocked at any of the 4 Whole Foods stores I frequent. Thanks!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHRIS - I was able to get in touch with Late July directly and found out that all of their organic sandwich cookie options have been discontinued. The organic bakery they were using closed and they are on the hunt for a new organic bakery to make these. They are "very disappointed and hope that we will someday be able to revive them but have no current plans to do so. We are working hard on our line of salty snacks, organic multigrain tortilla chips as well as some other new items." Hope this helps!

JoAnn says …

I just discovered these chips and I AM a FAN and now a customer. I loved them and went on thier site to discover this young vibrant lady is the real deal! So refreshing to find integrity and morality in these times! I sure wish we could have a whole foods down in the Galloway NJ area. our area suffers from lack of good shopping. Traveling up to you on 73 is a drag and I don't come there as much I would like because of that drive! Not a big Fan of Bontara Market it is to small and thus over priced, I think :-)

Jessica says …

Your chips used to sell at my Costco, but they no longer have them. I am very sad about this. Where can I get them now????

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JESSICA - You should be able to find them at your local Whole Foods Market store!

Lonnie says …

Thanks for making an all natural chip that my whole family can enjoy without the added ingredients that the big company's produce that are so unhealthy. Please keep making the Red Hot MoJo chips. So hard to find in my area anymore.

Vicki says …

I've been buying these at Costco. They don't seem to have them anymore. Where can we get them close to Mesa,AZ.

Charlene F Stursma says …

Where can I purchase them? I used to get them at Casco but they now carry the new ones with lime and I don't like them.The original are so good. The best tortilla chips that I have found.

Cheri Dorondo says …

I know you hear this all the time, but thank you for what you do. My husband and I have been eating organic foods for thirty years, almost all our married life. When we had our daughter--late in life because of my auto-immune problems, induced by a car accident--it became more important to us, not only to eat right, but to be right, that is, to do the right thing by our daughter, and by our planet. I hope and pray for your company's success in getting your products into mainstream culture asap. Bonne chance!

Rkm says …

My family and I really enjoy all of the chips, but can only get the big bag at Costco (but rarely the Seattle by the Seashore) as the small bags go too fast! Where can I get the big bags? Thanks!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RKM - You might be able to special order the larger bags at your local store or I would suggest reaching out to Late July directly to see where the bags are offered!

Patti Crawmer says …

My husband and I were at Costco. and doing a little and he need corn chips for his lunch. We decided to get the organic corn chips. We can't stop eating them. We have a vegan daughter and she is so happy that the taste good. We will get them and again. We want to try your other foods too.

Ralph says …

I have been buying their tortillas chips for years, lately the chips we have purchased are all stale. This has happened at least 4 times. The product is the lightly salted sea salt. Late July has to customer service department or any avenue to file a complaint in order for them to track and improve their product and further follow up with quality control. I will not be purchasing any more products from a company like Late July that does not offer any type of customer service or product guaranty.