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Direct Partnerships with Organic Farmers Yield Quality and Sustainability

Norway, Iowa (June 11, 2009) — Frontier Natural Products Co-op has become the first company in the U.S. to offer Fair Trade Certified™ organic spices to consumers. The eight new organic spices all come from Sri Lanka, where good news warrants notice.

Currently available in bulk one-pound bags, the line-up of organic Fair Trade Certified spices includes several grinds of black pepper and whole black peppercorns, white pepper (ground and whole peppercorns), Ceylon cinnamon (ground and sticks), cloves (ground and whole), mace (ground and whole), nutmeg (ground and whole), ground ginger and ground turmeric.

Offering these first-ever organic Fair Trade Certified spices in bulk benefits consumers who, in light of current economic conditions, are looking to save money on groceries. For example, the suggested retail price per ounce for organic black peppercorns is $1.05 and organic ground ginger is $1.73. These prices are less than half the per-ounce cost of bottled spices.

Fair Trade products also benefit the growers, their families, and their communities by helping provide a better standard of living. “We’re responding to the increasing demand for all Fair Trade products, but what makes our Fair Trade organic spices truly different is the personal relationships we have with the spice farmers,” says Kai Stark, organic spice buyer at Frontier Natural Products Co-op. Stark spends time with the growers in their homes, their communities and on their farms.

“The small spice farmers and producers in Sri Lanka really understand quality and sustainability,” he explains. “From composting to erosion control, rain-harvesting techniques to small-scale bio-gas production, the farmers Frontier works with in Sri Lanka produce some of the highest-quality spices in the world using the best sustainable practices anywhere.”

The new Frontier Fair Trade Certified organic spices are available now at and will soon be in bulk spice sections at natural foods retailers nationwide. For more information on all of the Fair Trade products Frontier offers, visit

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Note to Editors: Photo images of Mr. Stark meeting with the farm cooperative in Sri Lanka are available by request or at

Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM)
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM) 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