How Livio Bisterzo is Changing the Snack World In More Ways Than One

If you haven’t tried Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, then you’re missing out on a great addition to a healthy snacking diet, and more importantly, a snack that gives back to the community and the environment on Twitter. This 100 calorie, fiber- and protein-packed snack foods are produced from chickpeas grown by the Farm Africa Charity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Community owned farms are able to generate needed income for villagers to support their families, and because chickpeas release nitrogen into the atmosphere, which contributes to soil fertility, they are an eco-friendly crop. Hippeas is an organic, and totally vegan snack, that is available in a range of delicious flavors, like Sriracha Sunrise, Maple Haze, and Vegan White Cheddar, making the perfect addition to children’s lunch boxes or that afternoon snack at work.

The brand ‘Hippeas’, (a homonym of the word ‘hippies’), was purposely selected to signify its own social conscience direction. World issues, such as poverty, climate change, carbon footprint, and economic development, are central to the core mission of this snack food producer. Founded by Livio Bisterzo, an innovator in the food and beverage industry, he has maintained a steady focus on building consumer brands that have a meaningful purpose in improving the lives of growers and consumers. Interestingly, Mr. Bisterzo has managed to partner the serious side of the food industry with a lighthearted, even humorous snack – as the puffed chickpeas are shaped in that iconic 60’s smiley face grin.

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Not surprising, Hippeas’ originality, its ‘good for you’ ingredients, and their sustainable environment platform caught the eye of Starbucks. They have included the gluten-free snack as a grab-and-go option on the company’s distinctive menu. Yet, Livio Bisterzo isn’t surprised at all, having worked hard for over seven years in the natural food industry, he realized the growing international trend towards eating well while sustaining the environment, is not simply a fad, but a new way of living well and aging well.

While having a successful snack product on the market is a worthwhile venture, Livio Bisterzo takes a much greater pride in the social mission that gives back to eastern African communities. This part of the Africa must support 218 million citizens living in rural poverty and operates in an agricultural deficit. Closing the income gap is made possible by private industries helping to transition third world economies that have been curtailed by outdated colonial political systems and internal warfare. And it is for these reasons that all Americans should support brands such as Hippeas; helping to change the snack world in more ways than one.

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