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logoAlter Eco
San Francisco, CA

Food is fundamental to life – and Alter Eco believes wholesome, organic and delicious food can improve the lives of people all over the world and help build a better planet. As a pioneer of globally crafted organic foods, including delicious Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles, Bolivian Royal quinoa, heirloom Thai rice and Mascobado cane sugar, all of our products are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free. Committed to offering delectable options for all, Alter Eco produces vegan chocolate bars, including Dark Blackout, Sea Salt, Quinoa, Almond, Cacao, Mint and Twist, Jasmine Rice and Mascobado Cane Sugar.

Alter Eco works directly with small-scale farmers, building sustainable futures, providing fair wages, and implementing development programs to better societies and empower women. To date, we’ve paid $796,131 in total fair trade premiums, and we look forward to the many more years to come!

A certified Benefit Corporation, Alter Eco operates on four pillars: sourcing using Fair Trade principles, producing of only organic and non-GMO foods, creating minimal waste by working towards 100-percent compostable packaging, and in-setting carbon emissions by means of large-scale reforestation programs in the cooperatives that produce our crops. These principals are entwined with our commitment to the highest quality ingredients and taste in each and every one of our products. As part of our effort to becoming a carbon negative company, we work with our reforestation partner, Pur Project, to plant trees and offset the amount of CO2 produced, having successfully planted 6,567 trees planted in 2014. This approach extends to flora, fauna and fields, and we diligently work with our co-op partners to preserve heirloom grains and replenish and reforest the land.

With 17 billion non-recyclable pouches sold in the US each year*, Alter Eco is committed to producing eco-friendly packaging and revolutionizing the food industry. Having already launched our compostable truffle wrappers in 2013, we will soon be launching compostable stand-up quinoa pouches in January 2016 to help offset the 17 percent of plastic materials that fill U.S. landfills**.

But the achievement we’re most proud of is the family we’ve created. We travel far and wide to build personal relationships with the farmers that hand-cultivate our foods and bring you the world’s most exotic, delicious and sustainable indulgences. And while we can’t all break bread at the same table, we like to think that every time we crack open a bag or bar of Alter Eco here in the states, we’re sharing a lively meal with Gustavo in Bolivia, Sompoi in Thailand, Grover in Ecuador – and you. 

Quinoa Laptop
Edouard Rollet, Co-Founder and COO, with quinoa farmers from Anapqui Quinoa Coop in Bolivia, 2014.

2012 laptop donation program at Anapqui Quinoa Cooperative in Bolivia.

Reforest Nursery
Mathieu Senard, Co-Founder and CEO, planting a Cedro tree at the Acopagro coop in Peru, October 2012. Tree nursery that houses six varieties of trees (Caipirona, Shaina, Cedro Rosado, Cedro, Teca, and Paliperro) for reforestation projects at Acopagro coop in Peru, October 2012.

*Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Tables and Figures 2012
**2013 study from PCI Films Consulting reviewing trends and developments in the US market from Stand-Up Pouches