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Love the Thrive Market Collection? Meet the Team Who Makes It

November 15, 2018

It all started with a jar of coconut oil. Then came extra virgin olive oil from the island of Crete, and now, the Thrive Market Collection offers more than 400 products you can’t find anywhere else!

A lot goes on behind the scenes to create every new item, so we caught up with our amazing team of product innovators to find out what their go-to picks are (plus cooking and snacking tips!), and what they love most about their jobs.


Jenna Engleman, Thrive Market Collection Director

Jenna Engleman

What’s your go-to Thrive Market Collection product and how do you use it?

“I always keep at least one jar of Thrive Market Organic Tomato Sauce in my pantry—my go-to is Tomato Basil. I love using it to make a one-pan meal with cauliflower rice, rainbow chard, and Italian chicken sausage. It’s a quick and easy, yet extremely delicious dinner!”

What do you enjoy most about working on the Thrive Market Collection?

“It’s been incredibly exciting and rewarding to build the Thrive Market Collection from inception. On a daily basis, our team gets to work on products that support ethical supply chains, simplify and clean up ingredient lists, explore eco-friendly forms of packaging, and deliver on our mission to help make healthy living more affordable!”


Jeremiah McElwee, Senior VP of Merchandising & Product Development

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What’s your go-to Thrive Market Collection product and how do you use it?

“I love Thrive Market Chickpea Pastas. They’re a great high-protein, gluten-free alternative to traditional grain-based pastas. My kids love them and I’m happy to provide a healthier option!”

What do you enjoy most or find most fulfilling about working on the Thrive Market Collection?

“We’ve really been able to raise the bar on the quality and conscious sourcing throughout supply chains with the Thrive Market Collection. It’s incredibly fulfilling to know that farmers are being encouraged to utilize regenerative, organic growing practices, while being paid fairly so their families can flourish. We deliver the absolute best quality products at great prices, while ensuring that everyone throughout the supply chain—from seed to site—is thought of and cared for.”


Lecia Rand, Thrive Market Collection Product Innovator, Non-Food

Lecia Rand

What’s your go-to Thrive Market Collection product and how do you use it?

“I love snacking on Thrive Market Raw Cashews. They’re bigger and fresher than other brands I’ve tried. I always keep a bag at my desk and enjoy a handful whenever I’m in need of a pick-me-up.”

What do you find most fulfilling about working on the Thrive Market Collection?

“I’m eternally curious. I love learning about the latest products in the natural sector and seeing how our members use them. When developing a Thrive Market Collection product, I research which attributes would be best for our members, then find a suitable supplier and work to make sure the final product delivers on every aspect. We’re given the permission to think creatively and sustainably with our products, formulas, and packaging. I look forward to developing new and better Thrive Market Collection items!”


Will Lochran, Thrive Market Collection Product Innovator, Food

Will Lochran

What’s your go-to Thrive Market Collection product and how do you use it?

“I have so many favorites it’s hard to pick one “go-to.” Every order I place usually includes at least one bottle of Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s so good, I think I could drink it straight out of the tin. The quality and value it represents is incredible—I always feel like I’m getting a steal whenever I purchase it. I also love Thrive Market Coconut Oil Mayonnaise. It’s an incredibly innovative product, and the convenience of the pouch cannot be overstated. Although, the most recent love of my life has to be Thrive Market Banana Munchies. I can’t stop eating the Buffalo flavor … I think I might have a problem.”

What do you enjoy most about working on the Thrive Market Collection?

“Building supply chains from the ground up—while using the highest ethical standards to make sure everyone in the supply chain is taken care of—is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job. Historically, retailers have taken the lion’s share and forced producers to cut corners, and that’s something we would never do at Thrive Market. Innovating products and bringing members an incredible value has to be the cherry on top for me. Finding products I think they’ll love and working with our suppliers to create them is what gets me up every morning.”


Tina Downey, Thrive Market Collection Product Innovator

Tina Downey

What’s your go-to Thrive Market Collection product and how do you use it?

Thrive Market Savory Paleo Snack Mix is my favorite afternoon snack. It’s so delicious! Just a handful holds me over until dinner.”

What do you find most fulfilling about working on the Thrive Market Collection?

“Our members really notice and appreciate the details that go into Thrive Market Collection products. Their positive feedback and enthusiasm is so rewarding.”


Top Member-Rated Products

Our members can’t stop raving about the Thrive Market Collection! From soy sauce alternatives to seeds, here’s a look at some of your favorite pantry staples.

Organic Coconut Aminos Sauce

“While it’s a little sweeter than soy sauce, it’s still a great replacement. It’s got a perfect balance of sweet, savory, salty, etc. I put it on almost everything!”
—Taylor

“I’ve tried other brands, but for some reason the Thrive Market brand always wins! I go through this stuff like crazy. It’s great for stir-fry or marinating chicken.”
—Taryn

Organic Cacao Powder

“From a life-long chocolate lover: This is the best cacao powder I have ever had!!! It tastes and smells like the best European chocolate truffles. It is incredibly smooth too. I have used it in making chocolates, hot chocolate, and chocolate cake so far. I am hooked!”
—Cori

“I use it in chocolate-peanut butter protein smoothies and sometimes pour the smoothie mixture into my ice cream maker!!! Yum.”
—Karen

Organic Chia Seeds

“Makes a great healthy chocolate pudding for kids and the whole family!”
—Christina

“Love adding these to my morning smoothies. They blend well and there’s no added taste.”
—Leah

Organic Raw Unstrained Honey

“This is my first bottle of unstrained honey. I made oatmeal bars with this and it was delicious.”
—Johanna

“Best raw honey I’ve tried and this is at least the 6th kind we have tried. Tastes like it’s straight from the honeycomb and super sweet.”
—Andrea

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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