Organic Sierra & Selva, the main Peruvian exporter of Andean grains is launching in the domestic market ”Instant Chia Cool” drink this season.

Recognized as the most innovative product at the 6th Expoalimentaria fair in Lima, “Instant Chia Cool” will be available at the main supermarket chains in Peru such as Wong, Vivanda and Metro.

Sweetened with stevia and loaded with Omega 3, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this unique beverage presentation is easy to prepare simply dissolving it in water and letting it stand for 10 minutes until the tiny chia seeds are activated. The result is a delicious healthy drink with a rich texture.

Organic Sierra & Selva has also introduced ”Quinoa Cool”, a beverage with great reception in the domestic market that includes Peruvian native fruits like golden berries and camu camu.

“Our success in the local market has provided us the confidence to now showcase our products in the foreign market,” said Mathias Taubert, commercial director of Organic Sierra & Selva.

Exportadora Agrícola Orgánica S.A.C., commercially known as Organic Sierra & Selva, was founded in 2007 by its current CEO César Zorrilla Wong. The largest Peruvian exporter of quinoa and supplier of amaranth, cañihua and chia has been distributing retail branded products such as ”Organic Chia” and its natural drink lines, ”Chia Kids,” ”Quinoa Cool” and ”Chia Cool” since 2013.

All its products are certified under the most stringent organic production standards and manufactured in observance of strict quality and food-safety standards.

The company is EU, USDA and JAS certified. Its plant is the only one in the world with an automated quinoa washing and drying machine, with a strict filtering and reverse osmosis process that eliminates saponin, yeast and mold. This machine was built in full compliance with food-safety standards and regulations, enabling Organic Sierra & Selva to offer all of its customers the best quality health products.

Business growth

Earlier this year, César Zorrilla Wong, CEO of Organic Sierra & Selva, received the Agriculture Exporter of 2013 Award from the Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX) for his ability to seamlessly combine business growth further exposure of Andean grains and social responsibility in projects developed in the Peruvian Andean highlands.

In collaboration with local Peruvian producers from Puno, Apurimac, Arequipa, Cusco and Ayacucho, the company exported Andean grains worth US$31.5 million last year, an increase of 100.5% compared to 2012. Its main markets are the U.S., Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The creative and healthy products Organic Sierra & Selva has introduced also increased its total sales by 40% in the first 8 months of 2014 and it estimates to close this year with an increase of 50%.

Commercial director Mathias Taubert, declared that Organic Sierra & Selva will enter the U.S. market with its Andean grains under private label. “Distribution will be through supermarkets in the next six months,” said Mr. Taubert.

Creating shared value

Organic Sierra & Selva creates shared value by facilitating economic and social value for all the parties involved, from the supplier to the customer, thus closely linking corporate success with social progress.

Working in conjunction with experts in agricultural matters, Organic Sierra & Selva teaches the farmers effective methods of organic production as well as ways to improve competitiveness, both in the national and international markets.

Opening new organic production areas in remote places, the company provides work opportunities to the communities while utilizing the soil in a more effective manner. It also stimulates the creation of farmer associations to foster organic production in the most effective way, thus facilitating improvement of the raw material and obtaining better yields, resulting in better prices.

The company provides its farmers with solar panels and light bulbs as a sustainable, healthy and free-of-charge source of electricity. It has also taken active part in the development of improved eco-friendly household stoves with metal smokestacks.

Organic Sierra & Selva has made a great effort to develop new production areas, satisfying the increased demand for quinoa and other super grains in the global market, reclaiming an almost lost cultivation of the Andean grains that enjoy a rich nutritional value.