meet wild friends
hi there, we’re keeley and erika!
One rainy day at the University of Oregon, we were in our college apartment, scraping the bottom of yet another empty jar of peanut butter. As hungry college students and athletes, we ate a lot of nut butter, and on this occasion, neither of us felt like biking to the store in the rain to buy more. So we decided to try making our own nut butter that could meet our high nutrition standards, without compromising on great taste or fun flavors. That day, Wild Friends was born.
We source the best possible ingredients, including only USA-grown peanuts and almonds
We dry-roast and double-grind for our signature creamy and drizzly texture
We taste-test every batch at our Portland, Oregon HQ
We give back 1% of sales to women and girls through our giveback program Fuel Her Future
We believe friendly food should be delicious and fun, as well as nutritious. We promise to always make our products with short lists of clean ingredients, excluding palm oil, excess sugar, and artificial anything.
We source our peanuts from farmers in the southeastern states of the US. The plant where our peanuts are processed is focused on generating a reliable carbon footprint and working towards a zero waste landfill operational status.
Our almonds are sourced from sunny California. Our manufacturers partner with farmers throughout the state to ensure we receive the best quality almonds, while maintaining their commitment to sustainably sourced nuts.
We source cashews from West Africa and Vietnam. Our suppliers purchase entire crops of cashews from these farmers. This method is more sustainable and decreases food waste by utilizing the entire crop of cashews, including smaller or broken cashew pieces.
Our coconut comes from the Philippines from a family-owned business, actively supports the local communities in the Philippines with education and healthcare programs, including assisting the region’s coconut farmers with social, environmental and economic development programs.
We partner with a supplier who is committed to creating sustainable change and impact for cocoa farmers. They started a non-profit and third-party verified organization to drive cocoa farmer prosperity by creating self-sustaining communities that protect nature and children.
We partner with a honey supplier that has been family owned and operated for 45 years, is a Certified B Corporation and founders of Save the Bee nonprofit, a partnership of like-minded businesses, non-profits, researchers, educators, and beekeepers committed to protecting honey bee health.
Our hazelnuts come from Turkey. We source directly from a family run company that has decades of experience and is the leading specialist of organic and fair trade nut and dried fruit sourcing.
Our flax seeds come from the USA and Canada from a supplier that is very environmentally conscious. They support and report annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), have reduced landfill volumes by more than 20% and contracted more than 7,000 acres over the past four years to transition to organic.
Our chia seeds are sourced from Central and South America from the leading company in the development and worldwide distribution of specialty products originating from South America.
We are a B-Corp
We are proud to be a certified Benefit Corp, or “B-Corp”, which is recognized as the highest standard in social corporate responsibility. Being a B-Corp gives us the freedom to prioritize our triple bottom line of people, purpose, and profits equally. We think that’s pretty awesome. To learn more about what a B-Corp is, and why we decided to become one, check out our blog post, here.
Fuel Her Future
Through our pioneering giveback program, Fuel Her Future, Wild Friends donates 1% of sales to programs that help ensure women and girls have the environment and empowerment to make their dreams a reality. To learn more about why we launched Fuel Her Future, check out our blog post, here.
Our first non-profit partner is Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, an organization which provides resources and opportunities for girls of all ages to grow up strong, smart, and bold.
Their powerful mission aligns perfectly with our own values. They are committed to advancing the rights and opportunities of girls and young women to reduce and eliminate the barriers girls face and reforming systems that impede on their success. They approach this work with an equity lens, focusing in particular on the needs of girls from low-income communities and girls of color, who face multiple, intersectional challenges. If you’re an individual seeking to volunteer, check out the Girls Inc. website, here. We have both been after-school Girls Guides and we can promise it’s just as transformative an experience for the guides as it is for the girls.