Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ recently unveiled three new Fair Trade Certified ™ organic spices as part of their ongoing commitment to cultivating socially responsible products. The newest additions to the line include whole cloves, ginger root powder, and cinnamon sticks. The company has been a pioneer in sourcing organic and sustainable spices, being the first national brand to launch Fair Trade Certified ™ organic bottled spices in 2009.
“We are committed to providing ethical and sustainable sources of herbs and spices,” says Brett Karminski, senior brand manager at Frontier Natural Products Co-op. “We worked closely with Sri Lankan growers to help cultivate these additional spices," he adds. Other Frontier Fair Trade Certified organic spices include whole black peppercorns, medium-grind black pepper, ground white pepper, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg and ground turmeric root.
As consumer awareness of the social impact of Fair Trade has grown, so has demand for Fair Trade Certified products. While Frontier was the first to offer Fair Trade Certified spices, it also sees first-hand the type of buzz these products create. “Giving consumers the option to purchase Fair Trade spices is another way they can proactively support small growers and their communities around the world,” adds Karminski.
Fair Trade allows growers around the world to be paid fairly for their labor, ensuring safe and humane working conditions as well as eliminating forced labor and child labor abuses. Along with the social benefits, the Fair Trade farming practices are sustainable, leading to an overall healthier environment. The goals of Fair Trade fall directly in line with Frontier’s commitment to conducting business that is sustainable for people and the environment.
As reported earlier this year, Frontier Natural Products Co-op recently donated $25,000 to support an organic training center for the Small Organic Farmers Association (SOFA) in Sri Lanka. Completed in late 2010, the center has already conducted more than a dozen training classes, educating more than 120 farmers on sustainable cropping techniques such as composting, erosion control and natural pest management. SOFA is a 2,043-member cooperative of small-scale, organic farmers.
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at http://www.frontiercoop.com.