Andean Dream Story
Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, Ingrid Hirstin-Lazcano founded Andean Dream in 2006. Her husband Fernando Lazcano-Dunn, who was serving as the Consul General of Bolivia, in Los Angeles, introduced her to the plight of the indigenous quinoa farmers in Bolivia, who at that time, were living well below the poverty line.
After developing the first quinoa cookie in her kitchen, in June 2006, she traveled to Bolivia and connected with a quinoa supplier who had obtained organic certification for 280 indigenous farming families, who became her dedicated supplier for this superfood. In addition to helping farmers, she saw an opportunity to improve the lives of single mothers and individuals with disabilities, by identifying a local manufacturer who employs those individuals.
It wasn’t long after when Andean Dream Quinoa Cookies were introduced exclusively in the Southern Pacific region of Whole Foods Market. This was the beginning of a now 12-year endeavor that has continuously benefited the farmers and workers in Bolivia, who are associated with the brand.
In 2011, New York businessman Klaus Whitney joined the Andean Dream team as a partner and has been actively involved with Mrs. Lazcano in running the day to day operation of the company.
The social impact that the founder, Mrs. Lazcano, had with her products, in Bolivia, gained her recognition, as well as an invitation to the United Nations to speak and share her story during the 2015 International Year of Quinoa Celebration.
Andean Dream donates its products to charities and events in the U.S. and in the summer of 2015, the company served as a “Champion” Sponsor of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles. A donation of 48,000 quinoa cookies was provided to the athletes participating in one of the world’s biggest international sporting events.
This line of Gluten/Allergen-Friendly products continues to provide food options for consumers with special dietary needs, vegans and those who are looking for high quality, nutritious products that are manufactured in a dedicated facility free from Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Corn, and Nuts. All products are Non-GMO and Fair trade.
Products can be found in all Whole Foods markets, as well as, other Natural and Conventional food stores. Products may also be found on the menus of many popular restaurants throughout the country.