Our story begins where all great food companies begin, on the farm. Our co-founder Carl has been farming sugarcane in Southern Louisiana for almost 40 years. As his passion for farming grew Carl began traveling Beyond the Equator with the hopes of farming on the world’s purest soils.
After visiting most of Central and South America, Carl found the rich soils he was looking for in the eastern plains of Bolivia. After partnering with a talented group of Bolivian farmers, Carl was introduced to a few staples of Andean culture— superfoods. After another decade learning the ropes of cultivating these ancient crops, Carl realized just how underused and underappreciated these grains and seeds were back home.
What originally began as a farming and exporting company quickly evolved into a nutrient-inspired product development venture focused on incorporating these wonderful superfoods into everyday products.
One of the healthiest seeds in the world, chia became the focus of this research and development. We saw the amazing benefits of chia firsthand, but were frustrated at the lack of food makers using chia. Our goal was to make products that have superior nutritional value and taste great. We’ve since expanded our focus from just chia to a number of underutilized nutrient-dense seeds like flax, sunflower, and pumpkin.
As we develop healthier versions of everyday products, we strive to keep in mind the growing concerns for food allergies and produce products that are as accessible and safe to consume as possible.
We launched Beyond the Equator in 2017 with 5 Seed Butter as our flagship product. As we grow we will continue to innovate and offer the healthiest products possible without sacrificing on taste.
Our co-founders and local partners working on the farm in Bolivia.