Chicory has been recognized for years as a healthy dietary supplement. In this article, we aim to help distinguish between two industry-leading companies, both headed by C. David Hergert of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Not only have the Hergert companies been a longtime staple in the Nebraska panhandle, but both Dave and his wife Nancy are very active, contributing members of the community. Son Matt is also involved. It’s a family operation with strong ideals.
We had known Dave and his family long before the day he boldly walked through our doors at Hale Multimedia, presenting himself as a local candidate and asking for our support. We were very impressed by Mr. Hergert’s underlying passion to take on a much bigger oponent. We not only decided to support his candidacy, but we also built a website for his campaign. He won that election and has been winning in other areas, since. The endeavors we will look at today are Hergert’s Chicory companies.
What’s the difference between U.S. Chicory, Inc and Chicory, USA?
Simply put, U.S. Chicory, Inc is the corporate entity, with U.S. Chicory as the wholesale pet food division, whereas Chicory USA delivers two finished products at retail, Roasted Chicory and Chicory Flour. Let’s dig deeper…
So, what is Chicory?
Chicory is a perennial herbaceous and somewhat from the dandelion family. It has beautiful blue flowers. Chicory has a wide range of culinary and medicinal applications. It is widely used in Europe, America and Asia as well.
The Chicory roots are baked, roasted, ground, and used as an additive in different types of cuisines.
But the most popular use of Chicory is that it blends with coffee for a rich and bold flavor with health benefits, but it can also be used as an alternative for those concerned with their caffeine intake.
For the Taste :
Gourmets throughout Europe and the US have been mellowing coffee with chicory for generations. Chicory blended with coffee actually produces a smoother, richer, more enjoyable cup of coffee, adding body, aroma, color and mellowness. Chicory offsets what many refer to as “the bitter taste of coffee”. Some consumers enjoy adding milk with the chicory-coffee.
For your Health :
Fresh roasted chicory is rich in inulin, a soluble fiber that enhances digestion and promotes regularity by increasing the quantity of beneficial digestive flora in the intestines and colon. Since ancient times chicory has been used for liver disorders, and promoting health of the urinary system and kidneys. Medical research has shown it can reduce the heart rate, thus it can help counteract the stimulating effect of caffeine when blended with coffee. Roasted chicory does not contain caffeine or acid.
For your Budget :
Add roasted chicory to your coffee for a smoother, economical cup of coffee! Measure 1/3 to 1/2 chicory quantity to blend with coffee according to personal taste preference and brew.
For your Pet :
Chicory is a highly effective and natural prebiotic that improves the balance of bacteria in your dog’s digestive system. Chicory is harvested for its root, then is washed, dried and ground before being added to dog food. It is a completely natural ingredient and does not have anything added to it or extracted from it.
Other uses :
Chicory is a creative, versatile ingredient which adds flavor to other drinks. The chicory root is a common ingredient in herbal tea blends and, as an extract, (made by steeping ground roast chicory in boiling water, then straining), it can be used to add a dark rich color to soups, meats, gravies and dark breads.
Where is the Chicory grown and processed?
Where can I buy Roasted Chicory or Chicory Flour?
Chicory USA Shipping Policy
You can trust that your order will be quickly processed and delivered. All orders are shipped using USPS Priority mail. Shipping rates are determined by the quantity ordered, listed on the website. https://www.chicoryusa.com
Is Chicory a good pet food additive?
Yes it is, and that need is fulfilled by U.S. Chicory, the wholesale pet food division of U.S. Chicory, Inc. https://www.uschicory.com
One of the most important reasons that Chicory Root is included in dog food is that it is believed to be an effective prebiotic.
Probiotics such as Chicory Root can have several benefits, such as helping to maintain healthy bacteria in the gut. This support of “healthy” bacteria in the gut is said to reduce the risk of certain diseases and improve the dog’s immune system.
Another important trait is that Chicory Root has been found to contain up to 20% inulin. Most people will not be familiar with Inulin, but it is similar to starch.
Inulin is not found in most vegetables you would eat but can be found in other niche vegetables such as the Jerusalem Artichoke and Yakon. While different from its purpose in dog food, Inulin is used in some human foods as a sweetener and is around a tenth the strength of sucrose.
The benefit of Inulin in pet food is as a source of soluble fiber, which is very similar to the use of other sources of soluble fiber like Dried Beet Pulp and Tomato Pomace.
Soluble fiber is important as it absorbs water during digestion, ensuring that stool is a consistent and moist texture.
Thanks to this trait, Soluble fiber helps your dog digest its food effectively and consistently as well as pass its stool regularly, which is an issue for many.
Lastly, it has been suggested by some that Chicory Root’s natural oils can help eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While the evidence for this trait is fairly limited, it could be a notable benefit if it is an issue your dog experiences regularly.
While Dried Chicory Root may not be well understood by most pet owners, it is used widely throughout the industry, and a number of the popular and prominent dog food brands include it in their recipes.
Want more information?
Please feel free to contact Hergert’s Chicory companies, or visit their website(s) below to learn more about the amazing little company in Scottsbluff dubbed as the only Chicory manufacturer in North or South America!
U.S. Chicory, Inc https://www.uschicory.com
Chicory, USA https://www.chicoryusa.com