Tags: fair trade

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    October 1, 2013

    Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating. This month, we are making available a new educational resource, The History of Authentic Fair Trade.  In comic book format, we present a version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners. 

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    September 30, 2013

    We got the news late last week! Our first shipment of avocados from Mexico has just arrived and is being stored in a warehouse on the East Coast.  Soon, food co-operatives and natural food stores in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Upper Midwest will not only be carrying our small farmer bananas, but also these tasty avocados from Pragor, a small farmer co-op in Michoacan, Mexico. The first shipment of avocados arrives in the U.S.!

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    August 12, 2013

    The first Fair Trade farmer-owned certification system, referred to as the Small Producer Symbol (SPP, for its Spanish acronym) will arrive this fall on Equal Exchange coffees in food co-ops and natural food stores across the country.  Ten years in the making, the SPP certification system represents the small farmers’ persistent attempt to ensure a more just trade system for their fellow farmers everywhere. The colorful SPP logo will initially appear on Equal Exchange coffee bags and bulk coffee bins, and will soon become more prominent throughout stores.

  • Equal Exchange
    August 5, 2013
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    I am an Intentional Interim Minister, which means I serve churches during the period between settled pastors, while the church is going through a search process. My unusual vocation has also given me a unique opportunity to introduce Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade coffee program to a wide variety of churches.

  • Carly Kadlec
    July 8, 2013
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    My name is Carly Kadlec and I have been with Equal Exchange for just over two months. I am a Green Coffee Buyer. I just returned from my first big trip to visit coffee farmers in Peru and Bolivia. A big part of my job is this sort of “origin trip” to visit farmers and see how their harvest is going, discuss our quality standards with them, go over the previous year’s contracts with the co-operatives, and discuss the greater world of coffee face-to-face with farmers.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    June 20, 2013

    We're proud to introduce our new line of nuts and dried fruit! Sourced from around the world, this new line of products provides an alternative to conventional snacking.

  • Beth Ann Caspersen
    June 19, 2013

    Over the years we have worked with cuppers from around the world as a tool to find and secure delicious coffee. We wondered, how can we better connect baristas and coffee shop owners, the folks who sell and represent the delicious coffee we work so hard to lay hands on, with coffee cuppers, the people that work so hard to get us these tasty little beans? The result: Cooperation in Quality 2013.

  • Ashley Cheuk
    June 5, 2013

    Father's Day is quickly approaching! Looking for something unique to show Dad you appreciate him? Here are gift ideas that are delicious, practical and support family farms:

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    May 28, 2013

    The cold winter months were brightened up a bit when the Equal Exchange warehouse in Portland notified us that our first shipment of Salvadoran cashews had arrived. The nuts were so tasty they were practically sold before we could unpack the container. Once in the stores, the response was tremendous. Sales reps were hanging up the phones and reporting unexpectedly large orders. We immediately contacted Aprainores and asked for twice the quantity from the following year’s harvest. We were not going to have a problem selling these tasty snacks. Our challenge was actually the reverse: Aprainores already has two Fair Trade buyers in Europe, the trees are over fifty years old, and the co-op doesn’t have a lot of extra resources to put into farm maintenance: so how can we get more?

  • Small Farmers Big Change
    April 30, 2013
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    Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA’s labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients like sugar that are not fairly traded.

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