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Food Spotlight: Quinola Mothergrain Express Quinoa



Nutritious and easy, you can prepare a healthy and delicious meal in next to no time! Reheats in a microwave in only 90 seconds for a hot side to replace rice, pasta or spuds. Or you can enjoy it cold. Just pour out pack contents into a bowl and add whatever you have to hand for a filling salad. Add some fruit and raw veg with a dash of lime or open a tin of tuna to mix in. The recipes are endless.

Our Express Quinoa recipes have won numerous awards, including several Great Taste gold stars and overall winner of the Store Cupboard category at the 2015 FreeFrom Awards.



Two Organic Quinoa Mixes.

Pearl & Black Quinoa Mix : not only does the black quinoa add a beautiful and unusual colour to your plate, but its crunchier texture gives the mix an extra kick. Click here to see the nutrition and ingredients panel

Pearl & Red Quinoa Mix : the red quinoa adds a more pronounced nutty flavour to the mix that perfectly accentuates the smooth quinoa taste. Click here to see the nutrition and ingredients panel



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Two Organic Quinoa Recipes.

Spicy Mexican : A meal in its own right, this recipe has a punch to it that hits the spot every time. Not so spicy that it over rides the taste of the ingredients but just enough to wake up the taste buds. Click here to see the nutrition and ingredients panel

Split peas : The split peas add a perfect roundness to the quinoa. The instant  on to a healthy side with veg. And let’s be honest : it’s not every day you eat split peas. Click here to see the nutrition and ingredients panel



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About the company

Quinola was created to bring some super tasty new flavours to your kitchen and make being healthier that little bit easier. By the way it also helps a whole load of Peruvian farmers, several handicapped people in France and the environment generally.

After 17 years as a fund manager in London and Paris, the world economy (quite correctly) decided it needed a few less people in banking (for the record I was never in the vampire squid category).

We decided to invest the redundancy cheque wisely and headed off travelling as a family for the best part of a year. Alice was 9 years old, George 7 and Oscar 3.

Before setting off I decided that a change of direction was needed. That my energy and creativity should be channelled towards helping the poor get richer rather than helping the rich get richer. It was with this is mind that I set off looking for a suitable product that I could start a fairtrade business with.

It was whilst in Peru that we discovered the delights of quinoa. The kids loved its texture and taste, especially relative to the other two local staples of overcooked rice and sun blackened potatoes.

It was only on arriving in Australia that I discovered its ‘superfood’ qualities and the choice of product was sealed.

Altiplans aims to be a deeply ethical company. We not only work directly with the smallholders of Cabana in Peru, but also employ mentally handicapped people to do the packing in France. We also ensure that the product is not only organic, but sustainably so.



Company: Quinola
Brand: Express
Origin: UK
Category: Prepared Meals
Packaging: 250g
Claims: Microwave re-heatable, fair trade, gluten free.organic
Variants: View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy: UK, Store Locator
Website: http://quinola.com/






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Company Spotlight: Bramo Coffee



revolutionizing the way we prepare and think about coffee


Bramo is a handcrafted cold brew coffee concentrate carefully prepared by steeping our personally selected fair trade organic coffee beans in cold water for just the right amount of time to extract all the coffee’s natural flavors.  Our concentrate is packed in a convenient 2-ounce single serve pouch for easy travel and preparation. Bramo’s roast, process and attention to detail creates a concentrate that when simply added to cold or hot water serves up the most astounding cup of coffee.  

Bramo coffee is available in Original, Espresso Roast, Whole Bean Vanilla, and Raw Cacao.



The search for the perfect cup of coffee

Bramo has scoured the US and abroad to experience more hot and cold coffee and espresso beverages then we could have dreamed.  Like many coffee lovers, we also have had countless unfortunate situations where there was simply no good coffee to be found; whether on a plane, in a hotel, on the road, at home or at work. Armed with knowledge, experience and a passion to deliver a high quality organic product, we began to carefully select beans, roasters and build recipes while being conscious of what our bodies consume as well as how things are consumed in today’s lifestyle.

Our patience for perfection drove us to spend countless hours developing our recipes. Our cold brew delivers a coffee that does not taste burnt or acidic that forces people to mask the flavor with cream and sugar.  Although every coffee can be enjoyed with cream, milk or sugar, we want to make our coffee so good you want to drink it black.

Once we mastered our cold brew recipe, we didn’t want to stop at having the best tasting cold brew on the market, but we wanted to provide a product to accommodate today’s lifestyle.  We produced a product that is easy, environmentally conscious and that could be taken anywhere with ease and without sacrificing quality.   We can't imagine a day without amazing coffee.  Bramo created the pouch that is simple as ZIP, RIP and POUR to hold our handcrafted organic cold brew coffee concentrate.



About the company

Bramo supports organic farming and the elimination of pesticides by using only organic ingredients. Our fair trade practices help to support empowering family farmers and workers by enriching the lives of those struggling with poverty.

Our pouches are environmentally conscious.  Stand up pouches have a much smaller environmental footprint than the rigid bottles.  Our pouches mean less and lighter packaging, less fuel used in manufacturing, transportation, and recycling, and less plastic waste in turn lowering our carbon footprint.  Bramo also brings back the tap.  Our coffee concentrate can be mixed with filtered tap water so that no plastic bottles need to be used.



Company: Bramo Coffee
Brand:  Bramo Coffee
Slogan:  Coffee for your lifestyle
Origin: US
Category: Coffee
Packaging:  59ml
Claims:  Handcrafted, fair trade, organic.
Variants: View product range here
Price:  $19.99
Where to Buy: US, Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: http://www.bramocoffee.com/



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Drink Spotlight: Rebbl Maca Mocha




Maca root is the premier Andean adaptogen, traditionally used to enhance vitality, stamina and energy in the harsh, high-altitude central Peruvian plateau. This super-herb is a favorite of elite athletes and anyone motivated to push their bodies to the limit of their potential.




Our singular maca extract is produced through a patented process resulting from years of scientific research, by a world leader in environmental and social responsibility. Every maca root used by REBBL is purchased through a direct relationship with the grower families through a unique fair exchange program.








About the company

REBBL is about a different path. Standing for something. Rewriting the old rules. Looking left when the rest of the world is looking right. It’s about knowing your truth and living with purpose. You deserve to have it, whatever it is. You deserve to feel great at every turn. Be REBBL. Drink different. Never settle.


REBBL’s unique products were developed by two friends. They had often wondered, “Why can’t we buy what we want to drink? Where are the products that are as good as what comes from our own kitchen?” The answer to their own questions was REBBL – Roots Extracts Berries Bark and Leaves.


Every bottle of REBBL is a celebration of the traditional Super-herb wisdoms refined over millennia, that are only now being openly shared, studied and embraced globally. Thousands of years of collective intelligence is captured in every bottle to deliver you pure, potent, delicious good health.


Every REBBL recipe starts with a meticulous process of sorting through hundreds of the world’s super-herb growers, and artisan ingredient producers to identify the key ingredients with the integrity, the story and the efficacy to be called REBBL



Company: Rebbl
Brand:  Maca Mocha
Slogan:  Awaken, De-stress, De-energize
Origin:  US
Category:  Beverage: Energy
Packaging:  354ml
Claims:  USDA Organic, soy free, dairy free
Variants:  View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy:  US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.rebbltonic.com/



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Food Spotlight: NUCO Organic Coconut Vinegar








About the company

I grew up in the Philippines, mainly in the area of Metro Manila where the coconut industry is of vital importance to millions of its people. Our family saw poverty and viewed firsthand the struggle of the Filipino coconut farmer. Although we were fortunate to thrive, the desperate and unjust wages coconut farmers were paid, tugged at our hearts. We made it our mission to change and positively alter the economic landscape of the Filipino farmer. As a result, NUCO organic and natural coconut products were born.


It is among the country’s leading export.

• 23% of the Philippine population is somehow directly or indirectly involved in the coconut industry.

• More than 90% of those working in the coconut industry live below the poverty line. Tragically millions of Filipino coconut farmers are trapped in working poverty,considered modern day slaves. They are paid paltry wages, not because their product has so little value, but because the value is added later in the production chain.



Company: NUCO
Brand:  Organic Coconut Vinegar
Slogan:  NUCO
Origin: US
Category:  Condiments
Packaging: 237ml
Claims: Organic, fair trade, rich in Amino Acids, vegan, gluten free
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.nucoconut.com/







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Drink Spotlight: Prospectors Cold Brew



Welcome! We are a Grand Rapids based coffee company serving only the best organic fair trade Cold Brewed Coffees and coffee concentrates for the true coffee lover’s discerning taste.





Original - Like your standard iced coffee but so much better. Simply the best. No sugars, no calories, yet surprisingly sweet and refreshing.

Extra Strength - Would you like to add a shot of espresso to that? If you need an extra Kick to your day then this is what you're looking for.

Almond Milk - The same strength as the original but with a splash of non-gmo almond milk to add a delightful nutty flavor without any extra calories.




Pumpkin Spice

Thoughout the year, we at Prospectors Cold Brew Coffee will be introducing a unique seasonal flavor to our standard line up. This winter season we are serving up Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee.

This is great right out of the bottle or warmed up (try it with a little rum for a very pleasant evening).



About the company

Coffee is supposed to be simple. This truth led two grade-school friends to create a simple and healthy beverage for the true coffee lover’s discerning taste.

Through Prospectors proprietary cold brew process, organic Fair Trade beans and fresh mint are steeped in filtered water for 16 hours, exciting the bean's natural flavor while eliminating acidity and bitterness.  The result? A crisp, smooth coffee exuding tones of fruit and chocolate – with a slightly smoky, refreshing finish.

Simple roots and a patient process results in this cup of gold.
Enjoy Prospectors on all your journeys!



Company: Prospectors Cold Brew
Brand:  Prospectors Cold Brew
Slogan:  A Swift Kick
Origin: US
Category:  Coffee
Packaging: Coming soon
Claims: Organic, fair trade
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US, Store Locator
Website: http://www.prospectorscoldbrew.com/



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Company Spotlight: Pure 7 Chocolate



Pure 7 Mission

Pure7 is devoted to providing artisan chocolate using the highest quality, organic, and all-natural ingredients to nourish the body. With honesty and integrity, we are intentional and accountable in all that we do, as we feed the world and our own families with chocolate. Through Pure7 chocolate, we hope to open your mind and change the way you think about food, with ingredients that you can pronounce on our labels. We hope to inspire you to live a healthier life by showing that eating can be both delicious and decadent. Pure7's mission is to help make our world a better place, one chocolate bar at a time.





About the company

Julie, through her passion for food, went in search of finding a chocolate that was both gourmet and healthy. When she couldn't find one, adventure and creativity guided Julie through her dreams of creating an organic raw chocolate, loaded with health benefits, without the junk. She brought raw chocolate to life in her Carlisle, MA farm house and Pure7 chocolate was born. Just pure. Free of sugar, dairy, wheat and gluten.

Carrie has been cooking delicious meals for friends and family for over 20 years. She has always had a passion for gourmet food and challenged herself to re-create favorite recipes at home but always made sure to use local, organic and high quality ingredients. Both having similar passions, she and Julie became fast friends and worked together in the farm kitchen to create a raw chocolate without refined sugars, gluten, dairy and soy.

Having many years of home culinary experience under her belt, Carrie easily took the role of Head Chocolatier. Since launching Pure7 Chocolate in October 2013, Carrie and Julie have been trained and mentored by a top chocolatier out of New York City and continue to bring to the world the healthiest, tastiest and highest quality chocolate worthy of not only the health conscious but also true chocolate connoisseurs.



Company: Pure 7 Chocolate
Brand:  Pure 7 Chocolate
Slogan:  Pure 7 Chocolate
Origin:  US
Category:  Chocolate
Packaging: 2oz.
Claims: Fair Trate Organic Cacao, USDA organic
Variants:  View product range here
Price:  $6.99 each
Where to Buy:  US, Buy Online
Website: http://pure7chocolate.com/index.html



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Food Spotlight: Earnest Eats Thrive Detoxifying Hot Cereal





turmeric beans & greens
our savory blend packed with protein and fiber from black beans, vitamins & minerals from dark greens, kale and spirulina, with a kick from turmeric and cayenne.
Enjoy anytime, or early evening meal as Step 3


We believe that whole, organic grains, nuts seeds, herbs and spices provide the necessary calories, fiber, fat and nourishment to power and satisfy you, supporting your body’s natural detoxification processes:


Support – Globe artichoke, Green Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger and Dandelion Root chosen to aid digestion and healthy liver function.
Eliminate – 8 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber from superfood grains, nuts and seeds to help your body’s natural processes so you can feel light & energized.
Elevate – Clean organic ingredients, free from wheat, added sugar, dairy and soy plus balanced nutrition to help your body hum.
Ingredients: SuperGrain Blend* (Rolled Oats*, Quinoa Flakes, Puffed Amaranth*), Dehydrated Pre-cooked Black Beans*, Pepitas*, Sunflower Seeds*, Flax Seeds*, Kale Powder*, Spirulina*, Cinnamon*, Sea Salt, Turmeric*, Garlic Powder*, Cayenne Pepper*, Globe Artichoke Powder*, Dandelion Root Powder*






About the Company
We bring fruits, nuts and other goodies together and let them be themselves, which means we leave them just how nature intended them. We don’t macerate, extrude or mush anything to a pulp. Baked in small batches in real kitchens, our foods are crafted with premium, whole food ingredients that you can see and taste in all their delicious and nourishing glory. So let’s make friends with food again, one nut at a time. Read More





Company: Earnest Eats
Brand: Earnest Eats
Origin: USA
Category: Cereal
Packaging: 60g
Claims: Organic, Non GMO, Fair Trade Certified, Antioxidants, Vegan
Varieties: View Range Here
Price: $47.00 (12 x 60g)
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: earnesteats.com





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Drink Spotlight: Runa Orange Passion Clean Energy



An entirely new take on energy drinks. One can of Runa Clean Energy has 120 mg of caffeine, 650 mg of polyphenol antioxidants, and a clean, smooth taste. The kicker? It all comes naturally from a brewed leaf – not a lab.





Orange Passion
With the perfect balance of citrus, sweet and tart, Orange Passion is a crowd favorite, especially since it has just 10 calories.


Organic Lemon Juice, Brewed organic guayusa (purified water and organic guayusa leaves**), organic mandarin flavor, organic passion fruit flavor, natural flavors, citric acid, vitamin C (ascorbic acid).








About the Company
Runa was founded in 2009, days after we graduated from college. But our story begins several years earlier, when Tyler was living with the Kichwa people in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It was then he was introduced to guayusa – a naturally caffeinated tree leaf brewed like tea, consumed early in the morning to help interpret dreams and late at night to provide energy and clarity while hunting in the jungle. He loved the earthy flavor, smooth taste, and energy boost he got from the leaf.

Living and working in Latin and South America, we both saw how unsustainable activities like logging were enticing ways for people living in the rainforest to pay for education and medicine. We also saw how development projects implemented by NGOs often floundered because they lacked buy-in from local stakeholders.
Upon returning to college we teamed up to write the business plan for Runa. We entered and won several business plan competitions. After graduating from school we moved to Ecuador to begin working with local Kichwa communities to build a guayusa supply chain.

Together with these communities we envisioned a business that could share energizing, rich-tasting guayusa with the world – a business that would respect cultural traditions, support small farmers, and maintain the integrity of the Amazon rainforest. Runa now buys guayusa leaves from over 2,300 farming families. Those leaves are processed in a plant in Ecuador and then shipped to the U.S. where they are shared with a growing number of people.

Runa is proving that businesses in the Amazon can be good for the environment and the preservation of traditional cultural practices while supporting producers and connecting them to consumers around the world.

We couldn’t be more excited.

- Tyler and Dan


Company: Runa
Brand: Runa Clean Energy
Slogan: Focused Energy
Origin: USA
Category: Energy Drink
Packaging: 250ml can
Claims: Natural, Low Calorie, Non GMO, Fair Trade Certified, Organic
Varieties: Original, Berry, Orange Passion
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: runa.org





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Drink Spotlight: Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water With Fair Trade Coffee




Continuing to raise the industry standards for social and environmental practices, Harmless Harvest’s new project blends their critically acclaimed, 100% Raw & Organic Coconut Water with fair trade and organic coffee beans. Highlighting the unique flavor, aroma, and nutritional properties of real ingredients, Harmless Harvest combines its distinctive Fair for Life–Fair Trade & USDA Organic certified Nam Hom coconut water with bold, energizing coffee. The stimulating beverage has about 50 mg of naturally occurring caffeine, the equivalent of a shot of espresso.

“The delicious flavor is irrevocably tied to our ingredients’ exceptional sourcing,” says Harmless Harvest co-founder Douglas Riboud. “After tasting coffee from around the world, the outstanding taste of coffee beans sourced from a small cooperative in Peru proved to be the ideal blend with our distinctive coconut water.” The beans are harvested by a small association of coffee producers in the San Ignacio province in Cajamarca, Peru. Like Harmless Harvest’s coconut farmers in Thailand, these Peruvian producers strictly adhere to organic and fair trade practices, making this a 100% Fair for Life certified product that promotes sustainable agriculture and the use of organic practices within the beverage industry.

“This project leverages the hydrating and nutritional properties of our coconut water with the uplifting buzz of coffee,” adds Harmless Harvest co-founder Justin Guilbert. “Our 100% Raw &
Organic Coconut Water with Fair Trade Coffee is an energizing, hydrating refreshment with no added sugar, dairy, or preservatives,” he continues. “The flavor is incredible, balancing rich,
smooth coffee notes with the lightly sweet, nutty flavor of our coconut water.”

This pioneering product will initially launch at Whole Foods Market nationwide. “Harmless Harvest continues their amazing track record for refreshing, ethically sourced beverages. We areexcited to partner on this great one-two punch of HPP coconut water and organic, fair trade, cooperatively grown coffee. This new option is a win for our customers and the growers and farm workers,” says
Errol Schweizer, executive global grocery coordinator for Whole Foods Market.

The Peruvian cooperative that harvests Harmless Harvest’s organic coffee beans has a focus on empowering women and the impoverished, with over 50 percent of members located in areas of
extreme poverty. The organization has seen a significant decrease in domestic abuse against women, as well as an increased priority on educating children to strengthen the community as a
whole. Guilbert concludes, “Sourcing from this cooperative is just another proof that better products can be made to benefit everyone involved. It’s worth the extra effort.”

Harmless Harvest 100% Raw & Organic Coconut Water with Fair Trade Coffee will be available exclusively at Whole Foods Markets nationwide in March.

About Harmless Harvest
Founded in 2009 by Douglas Riboud and Justin Guilbert, Harmless Harvest is a progressive food
& beverage initiative set on demonstrating that an ecosystem-based business model can and should be how food is made. By combining innovative scientific methods with local traditional knowledge, Harmless Harvest integrates the long-term welfare of all its stakeholders -from plant to customer-in the creation of better products for all. For more information, visit www.harmlessharvest.com







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Snack Spotlight: Traidcraft Cocoa & Beetroot Geobar



A raw fruit and nut bar made with fair trade dates, raisins and cocoa.
Raw fruit & nut wholefood bar
High fruit content - 65%
Gluten free
No added sugar
1 of your 5 a day
Perfect for lunchboxes

Geobar is right at the heart of fair trade, bringing opportunity and hope to growers around the world. We pack a global mix of fair trade ingredients into every bar – delicious, natural and wholesome ingredients, sourced from our travels. Join us in our joyful mission to change the world one bite at a time.

Geobar Fruity Cocoa & Beetroot Bar


Ingredients: Dates (35%), Raisins (30%) (Raisins, Sunflower Oil), Gluten Free Oats, Cashew Nuts (10%), Cocoa Powder (5%), Dried Beetroot (5%), Flavouring.

For allergens, see ingredients in bold.

The gluten free oats used in this product are free from cross contamination by other gluten containing grains. Not suitable if you are allergic to the protein Avenin. May also contain other nuts.

Suitable for vegetarians.

Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Once opened, store in an airtight container.


Nutrition Information

Per 100g

Per 33g

Energy 1430 kJ/338 kcal 473 kJ/112 kcal
Fat 5g 2g
of which saturates 1g 0.4g
Carbohydrate 69g 23g
of which sugars 51g 17g
Fibre 5g 2g
Protein 7g 2g

Salt 0.6g 0.2g

Dates, raisins, cashew nuts, cocoa: Fairtrade certified and sourced from Fairtrade producers. Total 80%.




About the Company
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation. Our mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives.

Traidcraft's unique structure - a trading company and a development charity working together - gives us a distinctive perspective on how trade can be made to work for the poor.

Established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, we build long-term relationships with producers, support people to trade out of poverty and work to bring about trade justice.





Company: Traidcraft
Brand: Gepbar
Slogan: Change the World! One Bite at a Time
Origin: UK
Category: Bar
Packaging: 33g
Claims: Gluten Free, Fairtrade, No Added Sugar
Variants: View Range Here
Price: £1.30
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: traidcraftshop.co.uk










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