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Profile of Fair Trade Pioneer - Equal Exchange

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The Equal Exchange roasting team at the Massachusetts HQ.

Boston Cafe manager/worker-owner Leif Rawson-Ahern

Equal Exchange co-founder, President & worker-owner, Rink Dickinson

Quality Control Manager, worker-owner, & former Board Chair Beth Ann Caspersen

Clara Huaman Santa Cruz, organic cacao grower, member of the CACVRA co-operative in the Rio Apurímac valley, Peru.

José Humberto Magaña, coffee farmer, Las Colinas co-operative, El Salvador

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:00am

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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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