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By Carly Price, January 25, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Carly Price

We love our producers, suppliers and vendors and we think most of them have some pretty interesting stories behind their products too. We’re sharing some of our favorites here in an ongoing series.

EVOL foods

When life gets busy and the frozen foods aisle beckons, EVOL Foods founder Phil Anson sees no reason to put your priorities on ice.

EVOL burritos, pizzas, flatbreads and entrées are made with meats from US family farms that pledge not to use antibiotics or growth hormones, including beef and pork from Niman Ranch, eggs from Wilcox Family Farms, and cheeses made with milk from cows not treated with rBGH.

EVOL foods

“Every ingredient we use is carefully chosen. We named our company EVOL, or ‘LOVE’ backwards, because our mission is about looking in the mirror and seeing the way we eat and live,” Phil explains. “We’re bringing optimism to the frozen foods section. Our mission is to inspire people to care about where food comes from and how it is produced.”

That mission influences everything they do, from purchasing wind credits that offset energy usage to creating a unique compostable bowl made from pressed straw grass.

EVOL foods

EVOL also supports the Growe Foundation, which creates opportunities for kids to learn about healthy eating and the environment, through monetary donations and hundreds of volunteer hours each year.

“We infuse fun and love into our company, our culture, our products and everything we do,” Phil says. “Our foods fulfill the need for convenience, but we also want to be part of a food revolution where people reconnect with farmers and the sources of the foods they eat.”

EVOL foods

What is your favorite EVOL food?

Category: Supplier Stories




Rose says ...
I was wondering how they came about that name, I assumed it had something to do with olive oil aka rachael ray! I love to see behind the scenes!!!
01/25/2013 11:30:11 AM CST
Diane says ...
Are their foods non-gmo?
01/30/2013 3:57:53 PM CST
Mary Ann says ...
I love the EVOL BOWLS!!! I wish there were a few more that were vegetarian (hint, hint!!!) They are really very good.
01/30/2013 5:02:23 PM CST
Lisa Eisenberg-Ferris says ...
evol....is LOVE spelled backwards. I don't believe RR had anything to do with it...or olive oil for that matter! !!!!!! MEHT EVOL EW~ ;)
01/30/2013 6:42:34 PM CST
Morgan says ...
We are addicted to these in our house! Supporting conscious farmers and yummy. Love it!
01/30/2013 8:14:31 PM CST
Sophie says ...
I love their business plan! Their food is amazing - I would love a lower carb version as well - options without pasta, potatoes or rice would be most appreciated!
01/30/2013 10:20:07 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
I would love to see more meatless meals. The few that I can eat are great!!!!!!!!!
01/31/2013 7:06:49 AM CST
Kelsey says ...
I had my first EVOL burrito at the finish line of the Denver Rock & Roll marathon last September... At that moment it was the best thing I had ever eaten! They also gave out coupons and I used them at Whole Foods back home to purchase more EVOL meals!
01/31/2013 8:14:23 AM CST
grace says ...
Just about a month ago (I think), Whole foods at Willowbrook discontinued the EVOL chicken burritos with cilantro lime rice and black beans. It came in a small individual box instead of a plastic wrap. I guess it was not selling much. That's really a bummer. I really loved those. I saw another variety of this chicken burrito in their freezer case, but it doesn't have the cilantro lime rice. Can I buy this directly from the supplier?
01/31/2013 9:53:35 AM CST
Peggy Benson says ...
LOVE the Fire Grilled Steak, loads of flavor and nutrition.... + guacamole Genious job. They are my favorite lunch meal (and I am not a big frozen food person at all) Thank you! I have not tried any other products but I will.
01/31/2013 11:28:00 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GRACE - Sorry to hear that you can no longer get that burrito. I was able to find an online shipping option on the EVOL site at http://evolfoods.elsstore.com/. Hope this helps!
01/31/2013 12:26:09 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DIANE - You can read more on the EVOL website about their stance on GMOs in their products: http://evolfoods.com/about/manufacturing-food-philosophy/gmos/
01/31/2013 12:32:36 PM CST
Kitty says ...
EVOL is yummy! I do notice that the veggie ones are almost always out at my local store, so peeps must love them. So keep the vegetarian options coming pretty please! More more more! ;)
02/02/2013 10:32:26 AM CST
Lisa says ...
I would like to know if you have low sodium items for cardiac patients?
02/05/2013 10:38:15 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LISA - If you are inquiring about low sodium EVOL products, I would suggest you reach out to the company directly at http://evolfoods.elsstore.com/ for further information.
02/05/2013 4:20:12 PM CST
TXEdie says ...
Can't wait to try some EVOL products. The comments are tantalizing and I want to try "everything." :-) Tomorrow I'm visiting my Whole Foods grocery. I've been diagnosed Celiac for more than five years and I am perplexed as to why I didn't see them in the Whole Foods freezer!
05/13/2013 7:21:04 PM CDT
Sean in Seattle says ...
Very tasty and great source of healthy lunch option for short lunch breaks !
09/04/2013 2:47:10 PM CDT
April Tune says ...
I love this produce. I picked up the bolognese from Target and I couldn't believe what I was tasting. I had to post a picture of the box on my Facebook page and tell my friends they had to try it. It really tasted homemade. Now if this company can produce products with less sodium, I'd probably eat it three times a week or more.
05/30/2014 12:13:00 PM CDT
Linda Jespersen says ...
Are your products available in Canada? I live just outside of Vancouver, BC and would love to try some of your products. Thanks.
07/07/2014 12:46:35 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LINDA - You can check online on the EVOL website at http://evolfoods.com/where-to-buy/.
07/07/2014 12:28:08 PM CDT
Jen says ...
I normally hate and avoid frozen foods, I can't even say what made me try the EVOL frozen chicken quesadilla, but it's great! Even the Guac is really good. I encourage people to give it a try, I actually stumbled accross the products at Target, so I'll be back to try some others. After reading the feedback, will definately try the bowls! Thanks EVOL for producing a great product.
07/14/2014 2:15:20 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
I've been walking by the evol meals at my local whole foods but I'm skeptical about frozen foods so I didn't purchase. Yesterday, I decided to try the truffle parmesan Mac n cheese meal. It was awesome! I like that the meals are healthy and not full of a bunch of preservatives. I will definitely try other veggie options.
08/17/2014 4:34:07 PM CDT
Mary Ellen says ...
Just grabbed an egg white frozen breakfast thing with kale and goat cheese. O - M - G!! Nice work!! I am definitely going to try some of your other delightful creations. LOVE = EVOL :)
01/08/2015 10:13:38 AM CST
rebeccazener says ...
I enjoyed everyone I tried and they were so easy and fast. What stores in Bellingham Wa carry these? Bekah
04/28/2015 5:32:03 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@REBECCA - Our exact products differ between stores. I would suggest checking with the Bellingham store directly at 508.966.3331to find out if they have this in stock.
05/11/2015 5:53:55 PM CDT