Founded in 1969 as a retail food cooperative, Eden Foods (Clinton, Mich.) is today the last significant independent organic food manufacturer in the United States, according to Chairman Michael Potter. “Walnut Acres used to be [the oldest independent] until they were bought and evaporated by Acirca,” said Potter. Despite many inquiries and tentative offers, Potter, sole owner of Eden, has declined to sell the company or dilute his ownership. “Bringing in venture capital or
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