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What is Hylea’s basic principle?

We at Hylea are committed to a wide-reaching vision: the economic development of the Fortaleza region on an ecologically sustainable basis. Our aim is to improve the living conditions of the local population – to promote wealth and education and to ensure healthy, satisfied and self-determined lives.

Are Hylea products organic?

Besides our main product, Brazil nuts, we offer wild grown cocoa from the unspoilt rainforest and organic Bolivian pepper. We also operate teak plantations in accordance with ecological guidelines. All products offered by Hylea are of organic origin and sustainable for man and nature. Hylea has stood for premium quality Brazil nuts from natural forests for four generations. It is a matter of course for us to process and to offer only fruits from ecologically sustainable farming. This is our quality guarantee.

What sustainability is behind the products?

To ensure optimum sustainability we work together with the surrounding communities from which we obtain our organic Brazil nuts. The people learn to make sustainable use of the rainforest, as their ancestors did: the forests are valuable sources of all kinds of wood and fruits. So it makes sense to preserve them and to cultivate them only to the extent that they can regenerate by themselves.

How can I purchase Hylea products?

If you are interested in purchasing Hylea products, you can contact us via the following link. Here is the contact form »

Who is behind the Hylea brand?

The present Hylea 1884 S.R.L. has its roots in the company Braillard & Co., founded in 1884, and the fol-lowing companies Seiler & Co. and Hecker & Co. The foundation of the family business, which is still suc-cessful to this day, was laid by Friedrich Hecker in Riberalta and Fortaleza in northeastern Bolivia: he built up trade with natural rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) in the late 19th century. Hecker’s descendants from Swit¬zerland followed in the 20th century and successfully continued the business. We traded with natural rubber until 1988. The Hecker family also made pioneering achievements in the production of Brazil nuts in Bolivia and is today one of the six largest exporters of Brazil nuts worldwide. We have been offering pre¬mium quality Brazil nuts since 1919, which we mainly supply to Europe and North America. Since the foundation of the town of Riberalta in 1884 the Hecker family has also addressed the concerns of the local population. For example, it founded the first rural in schools back in 1932: state schools did not exist until 1953. The family has also set up infirmaries. This progress will continue in future.