The lack of glass marks the end of the innovative Kitchen Witch Bone Broth

Eight years later, the Kitchen Witch Bone Broth is on the boil.

The Santa Cruz-based company announced Wednesday that it will stop producing its organic bone broth and soups at the beginning of June due to an ongoing international shortage of glass that has made it more difficult to package and distribute its products.

The healthy spirit extended to its packaging. Kitchen Witch distributed its products exclusively in glass containers, which are a neutral and reusable material that, unlike plastic, does not leak toxins into foods. “For health and environmental reasons, we have always been in the glass industry,” said co-founder Magalí Brecke.

However, persistent problems with glass production in the international supply chain – yes, COVID plays a big role here – have caused glass shortages that are spreading throughout the food world.

Brick said that while the Kitchen Witch stops its broth and purifies the Gut Reset, the company will remain open and could re-emerge in a new form at some point in the future. While Brick says she is personally prepared to close this chapter, she is saddened that high-quality Kitchen Witch products will not be available to those who need them. A longtime wellness advocate and nutritionist, she believes there is no equal on the market right now.

Kitchen Witch Bone Broth became a widespread phenomenon that quickly went viral in grocery stores all over the West Coast, including Whole Foods and New Leaf Community Markets.

Kitchen Witch Bone Broth began groundbreaking in the wellness industry when founders Rhiannon Henry, Missy Woolstenhulme, and Brecke launched a line of nutritionally dense broths in 2015. Kitchen Witch marketed their products as superfoods packed with protein and collagen to help combat digestive issues and build Strength while recovering from illness or pregnancy. A few years later, the company launched the popular Gut Reset, a five-day regimen of soup and broth meant to give the digestive system a “break from base,” and educate people How to improve health issues through food. Monthly Gut Resets subscriptions sold out frequently.

Hundreds of customers have reached out to Brecke over the years to share how the Kitchen Witch’s chicken, beef, fish and vegetable broth has had a positive impact on their lives.

Beginning in 2020, the Kitchen Witch team couldn’t find for long periods of time the wide mouth canning jars they usually used. Ultimately, the company decided to switch to a smaller jar, but then suffered increases in the price of the glass, which had risen to double or triple its price before the pandemic. When the Kitchen Witch managed to find the glass, it was often disappointed with the quality.

“We’ve been in a really tough place paying much higher prices for lower quality glass with very unpredictable access,” Brick said. At the same time, the cost of food, shipping and labor has also gone up. Two years later, it’s impossible for the small business to make it work unless it’s willing to compromise on the quality of its product or packaging materials, which Brick says she and her colleagues aren’t willing to do.

Is canned broth an option? No, says Brick, because all aluminum cans are lined with plastic.

This experience led Brick to take a deeper look at how she consumes glass. “Glass is a very energy-intensive material. It is neutral on the body, but the production of glass is really very intensive and we offload energy consumption and pollution to third world countries,” “Even the recycling process consumes a lot of energy and pollutes.”

One solution is for consumers to use less glass and to reuse their glass when possible. Brick said he’s working on creating software through the Kitchen Witch that would help people make their products in their own home — without the need for packaging.

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