How Dandy Blend Came to Be....
Dandy Blend is adapted from an herbal formula that originated in Austria some 200 years ago. It ended up in Canada, where Dr. Peter Gail, a Ph.D. Ethnobotanist from Cleveland Ohio, discovered it, in 1988, being sold in an obscure little herb shop tucked away on a back street in Toronto's Kensington Market. He brought it to the States and introduced it to his medical herbalist friends at their annual conferences. They fell in love with it, and began recommending it to their patients.
By 1995, demand had grown so great that his Canadian supplier could not satisfy it. He was granted private labeling rights and given the recipe. Upon reviewing the formula, he discovered that the blend needed more dandelion to make it optimally therapeutic. He also discovered that the flavor could be improved by changing the roasting regimen, and what we now know as Dandy Blend was born .
For the first 10 years in the US, Dandy Blend was only available through health practitioners. At their urging, in 2003 Dr. Gail began making it available to health food stores. Now, in June 2014, Dandy Blend is available from more than 1000 retailers across the United States, mostly local Mom and Pop health food stores where the staff takes personal interest in introducing it to their customers.
Dandy Blend is one of those products that sells itself as soon as a person tries it. Most of our sales now come from people telling one another about it. In addition to being available in stores, it is also available by calling toll free 800-697-4858, on this website, and from other on-line merchants, including Amazon and Ebay. It can be shipped anywhere in the world. International customers can get the best shipping rates by ordering from iHerbs.com.
While we make no claims about Dandy Blend other than that it is a delicious herbal beverage with the taste, body, and texture of coffee, the ingredients - dandelion, chicory and beet roots, barley and rye grains- are all respected as health-promoting foods. You may search online to learn more about the attributes and value of each ingredient.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified
Dandy Blend is produced for us by Grana GmbH in Poland, the largest manufacturer of cereal beverages in the world. They private label for over 90 companies in 70 countries in addition to producing their own roasted grain beverage that is used by over 7 million households a day in Eastern Europe. They use no GMO ingredients and produce Dandy Blend on a line that is used for both organic and kosher beverages. They maintain a quality management system that fulfills
Who is Dr. Peter Gail
Dandy Blend is a product of Goosefoot Acres, Inc. a small corporation founded by Dr. Gail in August 1988. Dr. Gail has a Ph.D. in botany from Rutgers University in New Jersey and was a professor at Cleveland State University, in Cleveland Ohio, for 16 years. His primary research focus was on how various cultures used backyard weeds for food and medicine, during which he amassed one of the largest collections of recipes and folklore for wild edible plants in the United States. He left the university to follow his dreams of helping others learn the uses of plants for food and medicine..
Goosefoot Acres, Inc. is located in Valley City, Ohio, 30 miles south of Cleveland. Aside from selling Dandy Blend, they also sell books written and published by Dr. Gail, focusing on edible wild plants, the Amish, and the Northeastern Ohio area. Dr. Gail also lectures and conducts workshops throughout the country about edible wild plants.