Ecuadorian probiotic snacks gain listing on Amazon

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KunaPops from Ecuadorian producer LiveKuna will be hitting the US shelves this month. Pic: LiveKuna
KunaPops from Ecuadorian producer LiveKuna will be hitting the US shelves this month. Pic: LiveKuna

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KunaPops, puffed quinoa and chia snacks produced by Ecuadorian organic flour and snack producer LiveKuna, will be listed on Amazon US this month, following its success in Canada.

According to LiveKuna’s​ co-founder Santiago Stacey, more  people today are adopting a plant-based diet and are looking for tasty, protein-based snack options that complement their active lifestyles.

“It’s rare that you can get everything in one snack food, but that’s exactly what you get with KunaPops,”​ said Stacey.

Packed with probiotics

The baked puffs contain more than one billion probiotics in the form of GanedenBC30, which activate once they reach the gut flora to strengthen the immune system and improve digestion, the company claims.

The snacks  - gluten and GMO-free - are made from rice and quinoa flours, chia seeds, high oleic sunflower oil and natural flavorings, with no added sugars or dyes.

Each 35 g (1.2 oz) pack contains 130 calories and 9 g of protein.

The Kosher certified snacks are available in three flavors – White Cheddar Spicy Chili and Tomato & Basil – of which the latter two are also suitable for vegans.

Snack’s footprint

“LiveKuna has always been motivated by three things: nutrition, innovation and knowing where food comes from,”​ said Stacey.

“We have made a commitment to support the farmers that grow our ingredients, and their families,”​ he added, noting the word Kuna means ‘to give’ in Quechua, an indigenous language from the Andes.

LiveKuna is an official partner of the ME to WE charity through its Track Your Impact​ promise, meaning every purchase of KunaPops provides healthy food to Ecuadorian students, as well as supporting agricultural training, school kitchens and gardens to supplement existing government lunch programs.

The company – founded in 2014 by Stacey and Carolos Gutierrez – rolled out its organic banana and quinoa flours in Walmart stores across the US late last year.

It will be showcasing the KunaPops at Expo West, to be held in Anaheim, California, in March.

The snacks will also be stocked in vending machines in schools, universities, hospitals and airports across the US this month.

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