Chef Drew Starkweather founded Drew’s in 1995. Drew received his first restaurant job at the age of 12, and during the following eleven years, worked his way through the ranks to become head chef at the prestigious Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. It was here that people began to discover his all-natural salad dressings and marinades.
Before long, customers at the Deerfield Inn started requesting bottles of the dressings to take home. It was from this popular demand for the chef-created salad dressings that Drew’s was formed. Drew designed the labels himself, and produced and packed those first bottles in his own kitchen. Chef Drew’s philosophy from the beginning was to offer products that were chef-created and nature-inspired, using quality natural ingredients.
Within a year a regional natural foods distributor picked up the line, making it available to customers in hundreds of stores in the northeastern U.S. Consumers were pleased to find a dressing made of all-natural ingredients with innovative flavors, and the line quickly grew beyond Drew’s production capacity.
In 1999, after outgrowing the initial production facility, Chef Drew decided to accommodate the rising demand by assembling a new production facility in Chester, Vermont. The state-of-the-art facility increased Drew’s production capacity by 800 percent, and new distribution quickly created demand for the additional output.
In 2001, Drew’s sought and achieved organic certification for its production facility. That same year, the company introduced its line of all-natural salsas, including Hot, Medium, and Mild. In 2003, the original salsa varieties became USDA Certified Organic, and Drew’s introduced a fourth variety, Double Roasted salsa. Drew’s Double Roasted Salsa debuted at Natural Products Expo East, the premier trade show for the natural foods industry and was recognized there with a coveted “Taste of Expo” award.
In 2004, Drew’s was awarded registration by NSF International, the prestigious not-for-profit health and safety conformity assessment company, for complying with its stringent Good Manufacturing Practices.
In 2012, Drew’s began the process of 3rd-party certification of all of its products by Non-GMO Project (www.nongmoproject.org). Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products; they also work to educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMO’s and their impact on our health and food systems. ALL of Drew’s products are now Non-GMO Project verified!
Today, Drew’s ranks among the top three brands in the natural/organic products industry and is still one of the fastest growing brands in the country. The company’s top-quality dressings and salsas are now available nationally wherever natural and organic products are sold.