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Alter Eco Foods: Fair Trade and Organic, Chocolate, Rice, Sugar, and Quinoa – Great for You and the Environment

December 18th

I’ll admit that my first impression of a new type and/or brand of food is generally made in a two part assessment: first off, it has to taste good (duh!), and secondly, it has to be good for me, or at least not bad for me. However, as I’ve become a mom and begun to […]

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Visions of Sugarplums: These new sweets will delight both you and your loved ones.

December 1st

Satisfy your chocolate craving with Alter Eco’s new black and velvet truffles, the perfect substitute for gluten-containing Lindt truffles. Ecuadorian-sourced chocolate blends with pure organic coconut oil, with a cream center inside each decadent truffle. 

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Stocking Stuffers: Rich Indulgence

December 1st

Luxurious chocolate truffles from Alter Eco are velvety perfection wrapped in a crisp dark chocolate shell. Coconut oil, not soy lecithin, give the soft, creamy chocolate center its rich, smooth texture. Alter Eco Truffles are soy-free and certified gluten-free. 

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Healthy Snacks and Treats Review

November 28th

I was recently contacted by a PR company to try a box of healthy snacks and treats. Sounds perfect for me! I enjoyed trying these snacks. Some I have tried before, some I had not.

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Influx of cheap Peruvian quinoa riles Bolivia

November 22nd

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that’s fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean “superfood.”

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The Friday Five 11.21.14

November 21st

3. Eating: Alter Eco makes some damn good chocolate. I’ve had a couple of their bars before, but recently tried these Salted Caramel Truffles. Holy moly they are goooood. The dark chocolate shell is filled with a rich, creamy caramel center with a sprinkle of sea salt. The combo is wildly delicious.

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Foods With Planet Friendly Packaging

November 20th

Many of our favorite organic food brands are also working to prevent unnecessary waste in their packaging. It can be difficult to find food-grade materials that are also sustainable and affordable, but these companies are ahead of the curve.

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Weird Healthy Treats: Andrea Metcalf

November 18th

Lifestyle expert Andrea Metcalf shows us some weird healthy treats that are not only full of protein, but also tasty!

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17 natural food & beverage staples we can’t live without

November 12th

This single-ingredient product is consciously sourced quinoa from Bolivia, and the company is dedicated to stellar transparency on its website. USDA Organic and Fair Trade USA certified, too.

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Alter Eco Foods

November 11th

Alter eco is an amazing organic and fair trade foods company! They have amazing chocolates, rice, sugar and quinoa! Each of their products are divine, delicious, organic and made with fair trade ingredients! Their packaging is also made from non toxic ink, and it is home compostable! You can read more about their sustainability on […]

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Treats With A Conscience

November 3rd

Halloween is over. What does that mean? The rest of the year is practically over in my book. Once November hits it seems like time literally speeds up as the Holidays approach. And once Thanksgiving is here? Forget about it! In a blink Christmas is here, New Year’s has come and gone and I’m longing to […]

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Men’s Health Best Foods for Men 2014

November 1st

To reap the antioxidant power of chocolate, choose a bar with 60 percent cacao or higher, like this one. The butter balances the bitterness.

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Happy Halloween Treats for Grown-ups

October 29th

I am a huge fan of any product with a conscience and Alter Eco’s new Organic Salted Caramel Truffles are just that. These new bites are crafted with Ecuadorian dark chocolate and Fleur de Sel de Guerande which surrounds a creamy caramel center. I felt as though I were spoiling my tastebuds with every indulgent […]

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6 Gluten-free, Organic Halloween Candies

October 28th

It’s time to start thinking about what’s going into your child’s trick-or-treat bucket…and belly. These gluten-free, organic candies will allow your little princess and superhero to enjoy Halloween, while you evade the ghost of unhealthy eating.

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Top 10 Healthy Snacks

October 28th

Wouldn’t it be nice to find healthy snacks within reach everywhere you go, including in your office space, at the vending machines, the deli, the airport and so on and so forth….Well, that’s not really the case – at least not yet – but don’t panic, we have put together a list of 10 healthy […]

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Shout Out Sunday: Alter Eco + Healthy Halloween Giveaway

October 26th

Happy Sunday!  We want to know if you’ve tried Alter Eco products before?  If not, here is your chance- just in time for Halloween!  

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Treats Without Tricks – Healthier Halloween Goodies

October 25th

With Halloween around the corner, you will soon be faced with mountains of candy full of artificial ingredients.  Check out this round-up of healthier Halloween treats – without the tricky ingredients!

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Trick or Treat? The Frightening Climate Costs of Halloween Candy

October 24th

Americans will spend more than two billion dollars on candy this Halloween, making it candy’s biggest holiday.  But many Halloween candies contain palm oil, the large-scale, monoculture production of which is driving deforestation, extinction, human rights abuses, and climate change!

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Good Buy: Newsday Features Alter Eco Dark Salted Brown Butter Bar

October 24th

The new Dark Salted Brown Butter organic chocolate bar by Alter Eco is a treat. The fairtrade 70 percent cocoa bar unfolds slowly on the palate. It’s subtly salty and buttersmooth, hitting rich, fruity notes.

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Green Halloween Treats

October 23rd

Get treat advice from non-GMO dietitian and smart health talk host Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD. 

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Healthier Tricked Out Treats

October 21st

Right now you are most likely in great shape from working out in the cooler fall weather. Your diet is on track and you’re looking in top form. Well nothing is trickier than navigating the high calorie, sugary treats of Halloween. You know the drill. You buy 4 bags of candy to give out to […]

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Alter Eco Unveils New Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles in Sea Salt and Salted Caramel

October 15th

Alter Eco™, pioneer of globally crafted foods with full-circle sustainability, announced the launch of two new dark chocolate flavors to its line of decadent, organic truffles, Sea Salt and Salted Caramel.

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Alter Eco Unveils New Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles in Sea Salt and Salted Caramel

October 15th

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Alter Eco™, pioneer of globally crafted foods with full-circle sustainability, announced the launch of two new dark chocolate flavors to its line of decadent, organic truffles, Sea Salt and Salted Caramel.

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Pure Intentions: A a new e-commerce site aim to stage a healthy living revolution by cutting out the middleman

October 13th

Entrepreneur Gunnar Lovelace traces the origins of his Culver City-based start-up (launching later this month) Thrive Market, an online wholesale membership club devoted to healthy products, to his upbringing on an organic farm in Ojai.

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Halloween Treats without all the Trick(y) Ingredients!

October 10th

With Halloween around the corner, you and your family will be encountering mountains of candy and Halloween treats that are full of artificial ingredients and tricky wording (things like “natural” flavoring, food dyes, colors, etc).  So when can you do when Halloween treats are everywhere you look and you want to say “Boo!” to them?  Try […]

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Food briefs: Local chef survives round one of ‘Halloween Wars’

October 8th

Bob Lombardi made it through the first round of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.” The season four premiere, “The Haunted Farm,” aired Sunday night. One of five teams was eliminated. Four – including Lombardi’s – are still in the running for the $50,000 grand prize.

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Stirring The Pot with Stefanie Sacks “Getting Healthy Finding Happiness”

October 7th

Is it possible to have fun getting healthy? Shifting diet and exercise can be anxiety provoking on many levels but nationally recognized Nutrition Twins have figured out a way to ease the “pain”.

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Summer Selections – Better Nutrition July 2014

June 26th

New products to make your July sizzle — from sea salt chocolate to an herbal spot treatment for clear skin

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Alter Eco Featured in ‘Category Trends’ of Candy and Snacks TODAY

June 1st

Alter Eco is introducing two chocolate bar flavors to its line.  Deep Dark Sea Salt Organic Chocolate and Dark Salted Brown Butter Organic Chocolate bars are made with 70% Cacao Nacional Forastero beans from Ecuador. 

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Healthy Indulgences: Regardless of Dietary Preferences, Many Shoppers have a Sweet Tooth that needs Satisfying

June 1st

Despite commitments to a vegan, gluten-free or fat-free diet, consumers still want to indulge. Better-for-you dessert and confection manufacturers have learned that the best way to satisfy the sweet tooth of a health-conscious consumer is through additional product benefits.

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Best for the World: Alter Eco Aims for Full Circle Sustainability

May 29th

Today we launch a new weekly series aimed at learning more about the 92 B Corporations who won the ‘Best for the World’ title earlier this year from nonprofit B Lab.  First we spotlight Alter Eco, a company that connects food with economic empowerment.

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Alter Eco honored as one of B Corp’s Best of the Best for Overall Social and Environmental Impact

May 10th

All B Corps strive to be best for the world. By scoring in the top 10% of all B Corps for overall social and environmental impact, the following businesses are honored as the Best of the Best for Overall Impact. 

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Alter Eco Chocolate Bars Combine Premium Sea Salt and Brown Butter

May 7th

The latest additions to Alter Eco’s line of Swiss-style organic and Fair Trade chocolate bars deliver buttery and salted flavors that elevate these classic ingredients in a truly delicious and ethical manner.

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Whole Foods Market® honors 2014 ‘Supplier Award’ winners

April 24th

Company spotlights best in class supplier partners for outstanding innovation, responsible sourcing and commitment to quality standards

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Alter Eco wins Environmental Stewardship in Whole Foods Market’s 2014 ‘Supplier Awards’

April 24th

AUSTIN, Texas (April 24, 2014) – Tuesday night, Whole Foods Market named Alter Eco the winner of its Environmental Stewardship award in the grocer’s coveted annual Supplier Awards.

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Alter Ecoʼs Newest Chocolate Bars Give Chocolate Lovers Permission to Reignite Their Taste for Iconic Ingredients: Brown Butter and Salt

April 20th

The latest additions to Alter Ecoʼs line of Swiss style organic and Fair Trade chocolate bars draw on iconic ingredients that Americans have had to learn to resist – until now.

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Fuel Up, Feel Great!

March 31st

If you’re going to sin, sin healthfully. This unique chocolate bar from Alter Eco mixes organic 60 percent dark chocolate with toasted quinoa, adding a little crunch of protein and fiber to your smooth and sinful treat. Love it!

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Can fast-growing Alter Eco push the envelope on sustainability?

February 4th

Alter Eco is growing quickly and doing almost everything right, but the small company’s ambitions are to drive major change. –  Marc Gunther 4 February 2014      

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A Kind Voice on Employment, Opportunity and Innovation

January 1st

Host Dr. V. Mayfield interviews Mathieu Senard cofounder of Alter Eco, a values-based brand of specialty food products that brings delicious, exotic, high-quality and healthy ingredients from around the world to consumers in the United States, directly benefiting small producers around the world.  

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Alter Eco Organic Fair Trade Truffles: A Classic Reinvented

November 23rd

The classic truffle reinvented — for a new consumer who’s health-conscious, socially-conscious and environmentally-conscious.  Alter Eco Foods is proud to introduce their newest organic, fair trade product line: truffles!  

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Alter Eco Registers as Delaware’s First Benefit Corporation

August 1st

(Wilmington, DE – August 1, 2013) - Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock welcomed Alter Eco to register as Delaware public benefit corporations – PBC – on the statute’s first effective date, along with 16 other companies. 

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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Your Quinoa Addiction

July 18th

The quinoa craze continues, but the debate may at last be winding down.  In recent years, quinoa, popularly grown in Bolivia, has exploded in U.S. popularity — and the increasing demand for it has spurred a lot more than pilaf.

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Your Love Of Quinoa Is Good News For Andean Farmers

July 17th

Quinoa lovers have been put on a bit of a guilt trip with stories suggesting that the increased demand in the U.S. has put the superfood out of reach for those living closest to where it’s grown.

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When Doing Good Meets Investing

July 12th

‘Benefit corporations’ have legal cover to put social goals above financial ones. What do investors need to know?

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Can You Stomach The Truth About Quinoa?

July 11th

Quinoa has become America’s newest superfood. As the West becomes more obsessed with the crop, its South American farmers are paying the price. Would you eat quinoa if it caused others to starve?

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Is Fair Trade Quinoa A Real Thing, Or Has The Superfood’s Popularity Hurt Those Who Grow It?

July 8th

Quinoa, which until recently was eaten mainly by poor rural communities in Bolivia, seems to be everywhere these days. From quinoa salads to a gourmet backpacking dinner, we’ve featured a fair few quinoa recipes ourselves.

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Benefits of Quinoa Boom for Bolivia’s Poorest of Poor are Beyond Economic

June 25th

San Francisco – June 25, 2013 –Alter Eco, the only Fair Trade brand and the leading provider of organic Fair Trade quinoa in the U.S., helped shed light on how the quinoa boom has been a benefit to one of the poorest regions in Bolivia, and revealed the real challenges for this emerging industry that’s […]

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Food Review: Alter Eco Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar

April 13th

Quinoa in chocolate? Sounds a little bizarre, but if Nestlé Crunch was one of your favorites as a child, then you’ll adore this grown-up and healthier take made by Alter Eco — Organic Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar.  We’re talking smooth, deep, luscious dark chocolate with delightful quinoa-rice crisps. It’s vegan, GMO-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and certified […]

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San Francisco International Chocolate Salon 2012

March 24th

Alter Eco wins an outstanding 12 awards at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon 2012 including a Gold for the Best Milk Chocolate Bar and Best Organic or Fair Trade Product.

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For One Food Company, the Key Ingredient for Success is Fairness

December 4th

Food company Alter Eco is attempting to create a holistic, sustainable global food distribution system, one that resolves those moral quandaries by inserting a crucial ingredient—fairness.

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Alter Eco Receives the Non-GMO Project Verification for its Entire Line of Organic and Fair Trade Products

October 18th

Alter Eco, one of the country’s leading fair trade and sustainable food companies, announced that it has received the Non-GMO Project verification for its entire line of products. Committed to using only non-GMO ingredients since its creation in 2005, Alter Eco is now proud to have this claim verified by a third-party. 

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Spring Rolls With Shrimp, Red Rice and Herbs

October 8th

On the surface this looks like a classic spring roll, with the shrimp beautifully displayed against the thin rice flour wrapper. Inside, though, Alter Eco red jasmine rice replaces the traditional rice noodles.

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Quinoa Salads With Spring Vegetables

June 12th

Quinoa makes great salads because it has such a vegetal flavor. It can be the main ingredient or a lesser element added for texture and variation. This week’s recipes have great staying power, so make some of these on a Sunday and take them to work during the week.

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GSC recognizes Alter Eco with a 3S Award for Community Engagement

June 9th

GSC 3S Awards program recognizes exceptional achievements in the global sourcing marketplace, shown by individuals and organizations that exhibit a combination of positive social and economic leadership.

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How to Keep Your Chocolate Fix Healthy

June 6th

The virtues of chocolate just keep coming. A recent study found that eating dark chocolate every day over a decade may lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  But before you indulge, make sure you make your chocolate treat healthy by remembering these tips.

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Alter Eco Joins CommonKindness.com to Create Funding for Nonprofits

June 5th

Alter Eco proudly adds coupons to CommonKindness to help generate new funding for America’s favorite nonprofit organizations.

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Alter Eco receives the Acterra Award for Sustainability

June 1st

Alter Eco was honored to receive the Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Award in the category of Small Business for its commitment to small-scale farmers and to sustainable and fair trade practices.

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Alter Eco’s Dark Coconut Toffee Bar: As Good as its Producer’s Politics

May 28th

Alter Eco’s new Dark Coconut Toffee 47% Cacao chocolate bar with butter and sea salt is our newest keep-away bar:  Keep it away from me or I’ll eat it all. It’s a good thing they only sent one, as a case would have gone down just as easily.

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Fair Trade Chocolate, Tea, Spice and Coffee Sales Jump 75 Percent, Study Says

April 20th

A bite of Alter-Eco’s Dark Chocolate and Quinoa with a cup of rooibos superfruit tea from Choice’s organic Jane Goodall tea collection.

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5 new fair trade foods and beverages from Expo West 2012

March 14th

At Expo West 2012 this past weekend, I had the good fortune of attending a rooftop cocktail party hosted by Fair Trade USA. 

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Some Ways to Get Started as a Social Entrepreneur

June 22nd

With the economy still struggling, it may seem like an impossible time to start a do-good social venture. It can be hard enough to operate any business profitably — let alone one that also tries to improve the world. But some observers believe that the tough times may be increasing interest in social ventures.

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Alter Eco is recognized as a San Francisco Green Business

July 9th

Our mission is to help San Francisco businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable. We achieve our mission by setting stringent criteria, providing technical assistance, and publicly recognizing and promoting Green Businesses with a seal that enables customers to shop in keeping with their values.

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Alter Eco’s Tristan Lecomte Named One of TIME Magazine’s Top 100

April 29th

It’s an interdependent world we live in, and the work of Tristan Lecomte, 36, is the definition of interdependence. He has put into business common sense, which in business can be the least common of senses.

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Peru hails Western carbon offsetting programmes

March 28th

Nestle Waters France wants to offset emissions from its factories in the west by buying trees in a rainforest thousands of miles away. It is not the first and it will not be the last time a multinational company publicly declares its green intentions.