Actor Leonardo Di Caprio made an investment in an Italian, vegan start up called Hippeas.
A brand of chickpea puffs, a healthy snack enjoyed made from USDA non-GMO, certified organic garbanzo beans. The brand promises that this new snack is better for you and is available in 5 mouth watering flavors: Vegan White Cheddar, Sriracha Sunshine, Far Out Fajita, Pepper Power, and Bohemian Barbecue. Hippeas have an ample amount of protein and fiber, they are gluten free, kosher and vegan. The snacks are currently being sold in over 200,000 stores in Britain and the United States. These stores include super coffee giant Starbucks.
Livio Bisterzo is the CEO and the cofounder of Hippeas. He responds to the news of partnering with Leonardo Di Caprio by saying that “it is incredible to bring on board partners who align with our vision and values as a company. We are very enthusiastic to be sharing in this journey with them.” Di Caprio is no stranger to advocating for healthy food and sustainable farming practices. He lead Barack Obama’s presidential committee on climate change and has also made several documentaries that chronicle what happens to the world’s agricultural resources when we do not take care of Mother Earth.
Live Bisterzo, like Leonardo Di Caprio, also cares about the world’s agricultural resources and the sustainability of these resources specifically on the continent of Africa. He has become a philanthropist and has partnered with the charity, Farm Africa. Farm Africa’s mission is to end hunger in East Africa. The charity also vows to bring wealth into this region as well. Bizterzo’s company has pledged to donate a portion of its profits from each bag of Hippeas sold to support farmers growing chickpeas in east Africa. They are hoping that their charitable donation will help alleviate the poverty experienced by these farmers. They want to help the farmers and their families to be able to live a more prosperous and fulfilling life.