This August 10th is National S’mores Day! To celebrate, Alter-Eco is teaming up with Global Exchange, an activist human rights organization, to promote the use of Fair Trade chocolate. Why? Many cocoa farmers live in poverty and do not have access to education, health care and human working conditions. With the help of Alter-Eco, the El Ceibo cooperative in Bolivia has invested in equipment to process and transport their cocoa. By selling on Fair Trade terms, these farmers are able to invest in high-quality production, increase their incomes and improve their living standards. El Ceibo benefits 800 families in the Bolivian Amazon by helping the farmers achieve higher living standards and protect their environment through sustainable agriculture.
Global Exchange and Alter Eco have a goal: to inspire the consumption of 1,500 irresistibly delicious and undeniably ethical Fair Trade s’mores nationwide. Whether you choose to make s’mores at your barbeque, campfire, or home, indulge in Fair Trade s’mores this summer and beyond! Participants can register their s’mores and sign a petition that will be sent to Hershey’s asking them to implement Fair Trade practices on the Global Exchange website.
ALTER ECO CHOCOLATE
Fair Trade has never tasted so good! Alter Eco’s Fair Trade and Organic chocolates are available in several mouth-watering varieties such as Dark Chocolate Velvet, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Twist, Dark Chocolate Cacao (73% cacao with crunchy cacao nibs), Dark Chocolate Blackout (85% cacao) and Dark Chocolate Almond. Alter-Eco’s Organic Dark Almond Chocolate is made with sun-dried and slow-roasted almonds for a deliciously crunchy taste, the Dark Chocolate Twist is made with delicately prepared with crystallized orange for a zesty and unique flavor and the Dark Chocolate Velvet is made from the finest cocoa and a touch of organic milk to round-off the flavor and make it supremely smooth.
Alter Eco sources ingredients for their chocolate from marginalized farming cooperatives in the global south, harvested by the members of the El Ceibo cooperative located in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon who use sustainable farming methods that preserve the local agricultural biodiversity. The chocolate bars are then crafted with passion by a master chocolatier in Switzerland from all natural, organic and Fair Trade ingredients – free from artificial flavors, chemical additives and emulsifiers. Alter Eco’s chocolate can be purchased at Whole Food’s nationwide, for a complete listing of retailers near you, please visit Alter Eco on the web at: www.altereco-usa.com
ABOUT ALTER ECO
Alter-Eco is a San Francisco-based gourmet food company that features a variety of delicious Fair Trade Certified products including gourmet dark chocolate, authentic jasmine rice, 100% Carbon Neutral extra virgin olive oils, sugar and quinoa. A team of fair trade visionaries and food-loving explorers on a mission to connect you to farmers and their honest foods, the Alter Eco brand reflects diversity in the faces, shapes, colors, landscapes, traditions, and cultures of the small farmers who cultivate them. Each product has a unique story and an authentic fragrance that will take gourmet enthusiasts on a journey of discovery from the kitchen, to the Himalayas, Palestine, Bolivia, Switzerland, and beyond.
Alter Eco will be giving away 3 delectable chocolate bars this month to honor National S’mores Day, and to encourage you to support Fair Trade chocolate! The three enticing flavors include: Alter Eco’s Dark Mint Chocolate, Dark Velvet Chocolate, and Dark Almond Chocolate. We’ll have 3 winners, one bar each.
Alter-Eco’s Dark Mint Chocolate is bittersweet and refreshingly intense. This chocolate is a real treat for your taste buds—and for the cocoa farmers too! To make the chocolate, Alter-Eco uses the finest ingredients—grown and selected by farming partners in Bolivia and Paraguay through sustainable farming methods that preserve the local agricultural biodiversity —which are then crafted with passion by a master chocolatier in Switzerland. The chocolate is both Fair Trade Certified and USDA certified organic and contains a minimum of 61% of cocoa.
Alter-Eco’s Organic Dark Velvet Chocolate is Fair Trade Certified and 100% natural – no chemical additives, artificial flavors or emulsifiers were used in its production. It is made from the finest cocoa and a touch of milk is added to round-off the flavor of this dark chocolate and make it supremely smooth. The cocoa in this chocolate was grown and harvested by members of the El Ceibo cooperative located in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon. By purchasing this chocolate, it directly helps 800 small-scale farmers achieve higher living standards and protect their environment through sustainable agriculture.
Alter-Eco’s Organic Dark Almond Chocolate is 100% natural and contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners. The chocolate is also Fair Trade certified, contains a minimum of 58% cocoa, and made with sun-dried and slow-roasted almonds for a deliciously crunchy taste. Alter-Eco uses small-scale farmers of the El Ceibo cooperative who cultivate cocoa crops using traditional farming techniques that produce the finest organic cocoa. The very best cocoa beans are selected and combined with organic unrefined cane sugar to make this deliciously rich bittersweet dark chocolate.
This giveaway is open to US residents only.
How to enter (required): Visit www.altereco-usa.com and then come back and leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite product!
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The giveaway ends on August 10, 2009 at the end of day, Pacific Standard Time. Alter Eco will ship the prizes.
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*The winner will be announced via e-mail and has 2 days to get back to us or other name will be chosen.
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RESULTS: Thank you all for participating! It’s been really fun reading your messages. Unfortunately, only 3 people win. Here they are:
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Congratulations, Megan B., Sharon McCloud and alka! You have 2 days to respond to our e-mail or other name will be chosen. Thank you!!