Our Social Commitment
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR
Melatta, Inc., is a woman-owned company founded in August, 2016 by Chef Denise Iannini and Andres Lombana in Groveland, Florida. It was founded with a profound desire to transform lives by giving healthier and sustainable food choices.
At that time in Colombia, the government and the guerrilla narco group FARC were negotiating a political and social peace agreement, which would put an end to 50 years of internal war and drug trafficking. Melatta was inspired by the idea of supporting farmers who enrolled in the peace agreement in 2016. These farmers were previously harvesting coca leaves used to make cocaine. To support their new legal venture, Melatta will buy raw materials: fruit, and cereals.
Colombia has a small economy and expensive distribution charges. Chef Denise realized that selling the Melatta spreads (the company’s first product) in Bogota wasn’t going to make a big enough impact on the ex-FARC farming community. Without enough financial incentives and opportunities, the peace agreement could fail. Denise and her husband, Andres, moved to the United States, the biggest economy in the world.
With hard work and the free trade agreement, Melatta will purchase in big quantities some of the ingredients called peace products or legal farming from these vulnerable communities who need legal business opportunities and continued support so that, eventually, the cycle of illegality and suffering will end.
So, the Investment visa application began. Chef Denise and Andres established Melatta Inc. and its factory in Groveland, Florida. The US government believed in their project and approved it. Melatta started selling spreads at local farmers’ markets. We learned what the American population likes, and focused the recipes on their requests. Now all Melatta products are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, palm oil-free and plant based, naturally sweet with no refined sugar, and all without sacrificing texture or flavor.
Medium size retailers like Earth Fare and Lucky’s Market welcomed Melatta. These wonderful mid-size stores gave us the necessary experience to understand the food business and bring the yogurt and fruit spreads mainstream for you to enjoy!
Melatta is committed to supporting farmers in Colombia, Melatta is committed with your wellness, Melatta is committed with our planet.
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