The Goodness of Direct Trade:
We offer a delectable selection of premium, organic and 100% natural products harvested in South America. By trading directly with farmers we are able to bring your family the best products for your health at affordable prices, all while supporting sustainable agriculture in developing countries.
Based on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver, B.C., ANGAR Trading Company is proud to be part of the centuries-old tradition of trade between the Americas. We aim to benefit both side of the trade relationship: we improve the quality of life for Canadians by providing access to the natural goodness of products grown under the sun of the southern hemisphere, and we help South American farmers access northern markets to grow their livelihoods by working the land.
At ANGAR Trading Co. we are dedicated to the health of our customers and the health of the planet.
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Our goal is to create a worldwide network of mutually beneficial trade, procuring the absolute finest in healthy, natural products for North America from sustainable producers in developing countries.
We are currently seeking partnerships with established natural product retailers to reach Canadians who value high quality, wholesome ingredients that fit with their healthy lifestyles, and care about where their food and care products come from.
A Message from ANGAR Trading Co. Founder and CEO, Gustavo Rodriguez
When I was a child in Colombia, I never thought about healthy eating. It was a given! I had no idea how lucky I was, to grow up with a huge backyard full of banana, mango, papaya, and guava trees. Healthy snacking was our natural habit! On our family’s farm we grew pineapples, peaches, coffee, and vegetables of all kinds. When I was 12, our family moved to Venezuela, and here as well our diet consisted of 100% natural foods, cultivated on local, small scale farms.
In 2009, I brought my own family to Canada, and I soon noticed a big difference in snacking habits. Junk food seemed to be the go-to snack for busy families under pressure. Yet Canadians, especially on the west coast, clearly have a passion for healthy living and being connected to nature. They have access to wonderful foods, to be sure, but not the variety and quality that I remember from my childhood. I thought of my own daughters, growing up so far away from the delicious fruits and vegetables of the southern hemisphere. How could I bridge this gap? The idea of connecting North America to healthy products from my home region was born.
After working for over 20 years in private industry in South America and Canada in areas of Business Development, Process Improvement and Customer Service, I knew I could use my experience in business and my knowledge of the cultures and economies of South America to introduce healthy and convenient options to my new northern country.
I decided to begin the adventure of importing organic dehydrated fruits and 100% natural products to North America so that people here can have access to the many benefits of natural and certified organic produce grown in lush tropical climates.
With my two daughters, Andrea (8) and Gabriella (5), and my wife, Roselia as inspiration, I created ANGAR Trading Co. My family is a big part of what motivates me to make ANGAR’s vision come true, and they are all very much on board! My daughters have learned to recognize organic products and read the labels on every item we buy at the grocery store. Like all children, they want to eat candy and cakes, but when they read the amount of sugar and fat in these products, they will now say, “Daddy.. this is too much sugar or too much fat, better not buy it!”
I am passionate about providing healthy and tasty snack options for my children- and now I am thrilled to extend this to all families. Like our new Canadian neighbours who love the outdoor life and being active, we find the convenience of dehydrated fruit snacks a perfect fit for our healthy lifestyle. Whether we are camping or playing outdoor sports, or just busy and on the go, my family loves these nutrient-packed snacks.
To make all of this come together, I started to talk directly with producers of organic dehydrated fruits in Colombia and other South American countries where I had lived and traveled throughout my life. I care deeply about the farmers in this region, which has one of the most productive harvests on the planet. Local farmers in this area have a keen interest in continuing to develop organic farming practices. What they need is access to people willing to pay a fair price for their dedicated efforts to farm sustainably, protect the environment and provide much needed jobs in their communities.
To me, ANGAR Trading Co. is an amazing opportunity to benefit farmers in South America, health-conscious families in Canada, and my own beautiful family- all in one enterprise! Please join me in this wonderful journey and support direct trade, healthy living and the planet.
All my best,