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Alter Eco refers to two alternative trading organization, first founded in 1998 by Tristan Lecomte in France, and followed by Mathieu Senard and Eduoard Rollet in the United States, and Ilse Keijzer in Australia.
Alter Eco France
Alter Eco France specializes in Fairtrade and responsible food products. The organization is part of the Fair Trade movement and offers its products in several French mass retailers such as Monoprix, Cora, Match, Système U, E.Leclerc and Carrefour. As of 2007[update], there are over 100 Alter Eco Fair Trade products on the market, sourced from 42 cooperatives in 37 countries. Some Alter Eco Fair Trade products include coffee, tea, rice, sugar, quinoa, chocolate, olive oil, juice and cotton balls.
In 2006, Alter Eco France approached Brazilian retailers to sell Brazilian products in the country under Fair Trade terms, creating the first South-South Fair Trade experiment. In Europe, all Alter Eco products are FLO-CERT certified and bear the International Fairtrade Certification Mark.
Alter Eco United States, Canada and Australia
In 2005, Alter Eco expanded into the United States and Canadian markets. Headquartered in San Francisco, Alter Eco's mission is to pioneer a full circle approach to eating, farming and doing business, and to inspire others to do the same. Headquartered in Melbourne, Alter Eco Australia is part of the larger Alter Eco US company. Alter Eco US acquired Alter Eco Australia in 2015.
Alter Eco sells chocolate and chocolate-centric snack products. This includes a line of chocolate bars, chocolate truffles, and dark chocolate coconut clusters that are all fair trade and organic.
Alter Eco has a full circle sustainability approach to their business. The four tenants of this approach are to 1. Choose Clean Ingredients, 2. Invest in Farmers, 3. Regenerate the Earth, and 4. Eliminate Waste.