Musco Family Olive Co. olives are a family favorite. We almost always have a can (or a few cans) of Pearl brand olives in the cupboard, ready to open for snacking or as part of a meal. They are great on pizza, Mexican foods, sandwiches, salads, or as a side dish. They are portable, so we can take them with us on the run. Not only do they taste yummy, the company itself does a lot that I appreciate. They recycle 90% of their water (and, since they are based in California, that’s even more cool). They also have a neat program to recycle waste and water:
Musco’s most recent initiative is our Renewable Energy and Wastewater System, or RENEWS. RENEWS is the only system like it in the world, where we take two previous “waste” streams and generate renewable energy while treating wastewater. We take our olive pits, which used to be “waste”, and we now burn them in our special RENEWS system. Around 15 tons of olive pits are burned each day, generating a substantial amount of heat energy. This heat is used to evaporate process water, and the steam generated during the evaporation process is used to drive the largest production steam engine in the United States. The one of a kind Eco-Pod further concentrates and evaporates leftover water from our processing boilers, resulting in a greatly reduced volume of wastewater. Significant investment in state-of-the-art emissions controls means this is the cleanest burning biomass plant in California.
Invented and built onsite, Musco is proud of the RENEWS system, and it underscores our commitment to stewardship and preserving our planet so generations to come can enjoy its natural beauty.
I was sent a sampler box to review, full of different types of their olives. There were pitted black, pitted green, and pimento-stuffed green olives, one each from Pearls brand and Early California brand. Now, here is where I’m going to make a confession. It’s been a few *cough20cough* years since I’ve eaten a green olive. And I haven’t always loved black olives, either. But since we were sent green olives, I swore I would try them. And I did. Now I must admit that the pimento-stuffed olives are not a favorite still, but I did like the pitted green olives a lot more than I thought I would! Plus, I love that they offer lower salt versions of their olives, since sodium is not my friend at all in recent years.
One of my readers is going to win the same sampler box that I received! Three other readers will be sent a coupon for a free Musco Family Olive Co. product of their choice. Contest ends 8/18, and is open to US residents only. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: I was sent product for review purposes only, and no other compensation was received. All opinions are my honest views and opinions.