|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
A Spotlight on Vegan Companies and Businesses
throughout the United States and a few beyond - updated May 2006
by M. 'Butterflies' Katz
co-author of Incredibly Delicious; Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Gentle World www.gentleworld.org
Vegan Food Companies (including chocolate) based in Ecuador:
Yachana Gourmet markets ONLY vegan products.
The company owner and staff are not vegan. The majority of the staff is Ecuadorian (the owner and 1 staff member are North American).
The company has been in business since 2000 and they offer: Yachana Jungle Chocolate with Pineapple (tasty chocolate nibs toasted to perfection and mixed with chunks of tangy dried pineapple), Yachana Jungle Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts (coarsely ground chocolate beans and loads of smooth macadamia nuts), Yachana Jungle Chocolate with Brazil Nuts and Essence of Coffee (crushed chocolate beans and hearty Brazil nuts covered in coffee essence), and Yachana Jungle Chocolate with Raisins and Coconut (lightly roasted chocolate bits and shredded coconut mixed with sweet raisins).
"The company was started to be a catalyst for the commercialization of cacao from the Ecuadorian Amazon. The idea is to add value to the cacao (the term cocoa is used once it is processed) here in Ecuador so that the income from the processes stays in this country and help the farmers. I think it's important to mention that our work helps support the rainforest conservation programs of FUNEDESIN. FUNEDESIN buys rainforest to help protect the habitat of people and animals of the area. Also, Yachana Gourmet only works with small cacao farmers, who grow their cacao in the shade, we do not support mono-crop, plantation style production of cacao which destroys animal habitat and creates erosion and rainforest destruction" explains Laura McCurry; Yachana Gourmet's Sales and Marketing Manager.