series on Sustainable Food Companies: Equal Exchange

Profile of Fair Trade Pioneer - Equal Exchange
Oct 18, 2013 11:00 AM ET

Businesses that uphold sustainable practices in how they source, produce, and serve or sell food play a crucial role in transforming the food system. Food Tank will regularly feature businesses that are providing food to their customers in environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable ways.

The mission of Equal Exchange, an importer of coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, and other foods, is deeply rooted in building long-term trade partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships. Equal Exchange began offering Fair Trade specialty coffee in 1986, 12 years before a Fair Trade product certification was even created for the market in the United States. 

Now, Equal Exchange is one of the nation’s oldest and largest worker co-ops, in terms of both members and revenue.

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