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St. Louis Companies Partner to Deliver Heart-Healthy Cooking Oil

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Schnuck Markets, Inc. chooses Benson Hill’s Veri brand cooking oil for their prepared foods.

Benson Hill announced an agreement with Schnuck Markets to introduce Veri brand cooking oil for prepared foods in over 100 of the grocery chain’s stores throughout Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, according to a release.

Schnucks adopted Benson Hill’s soybean oil as part of their initiative to discover more local and sustainable suppliers.

“Benson Hill has developed an oil with industry-leading sustainability benefits and a heart-healthynutritional profile that matches up perfectly with our commitment to nourish people’s lives,” said Geoff Wexler, vice president of Deli & Prepared Foods at Schnucks. “As a family-owned grocer headquartered in St. Louis, we are excited to be working with another St. Louis company whose values align with our mission. Together we will introduce Veri for use in our prepared foods, while at the same time, maintaining the flavor and top quality our customers have come to know and love.”

Veri brand cooking oil is derived from Benson Hill’s soybeans and acts as a more sustainable option in comparison to other vegetable oils, such as canola. Veri uses less water, lessens CO2e emissions and requires less land to manufacture than canola and sunflower oil.

“As a food tech company, Benson Hill combines soybean seed innovation with a closed-loop business model to help bring more nutritious, more sustainable and better tasting food options to market,” shared the release.

Benson Hill works with farmers to advance its soybean varieties. The company prioritizes the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices that result in traceability and sustainability benefits.

“Buying trends at the retail level are increasingly shaped by Gen Z consumers who seek out food choices that align with their personal values, promote better health and can be sourced locally,” said Connie Diekman, registered dietitian and past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “When consumers can check all those boxes seamlessly and at multiple access points such as local grocery stores, everyone benefits. Better food choices then become possible at scale.”

Veri keeps health-conscious consumers in mind as it packs 10 grams of Omega-9 fatty acids in each serving.

“We believe everyone should have access to nutritious food options,” said Nicole Balderas, vice president and general manager of Benson Hill. “A better-for-you oil starts with better soybeans that are grown right here in the Midwest. When using Veri, retailers can offer their consumers a great tasting, more sustainable product.”

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