Fast Facts

Company Statistics & Financial Data

  • 2014 Revenue: $60,049,000
  • Average annual growth, 1987―2014:  23.6% 
  • Employees: 145
  • Worker-owners*: 117

*Employees must work at Equal Exchange at least one year before becoming eligible to join the co-operative. 

Equal Exchange is one of the largest worker co-operatives in the United States, and the world’s largest worker-owned coffee roaster. 

Offices, Warehouses & Cafés

  • West Bridgewater, Massachusetts (HQ) 
  • Canton, Massachusetts
  • Boston, Massachusetts (café)
  • St. Paul, Minnesota 
  • Portland, Oregon 
  • Seattle, Washington (café) 

Regional Sales Staff

  • Central & Western Massachusetts
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Central Virginia
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • New York, New York
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Sacramento, California
  • Los Angeles, California


Equal Exchange is the leading Fair Trade brand of food and beverages in the United States. 


We offer one of the world's largest selections of Fair Trade coffee:  87 choices (SKU’s), including 13 distinct single-origin coffees, 36 certified organic coffees, and 10 different package sizes from single-serve pods to 5 lb bulk bags. 

Fair Trade Tea, chocolate, bananas & other products 

  • 14 Organic bagged teas – 96% sourced from small farmer co-op’s 
  • Organic hot cocoa mix & spicy hot cocoa mix
  • Organic baking cocoa powder (one of the nation’s best selling organic brands)
  • 10 Organic 3.5 oz chocolate bars & chocolate "minis"
  • 2 flavors of organic chocolate chips
  • Organic sugar packets
  • 9 types of organic dried fruit & nuts
  • 3 types of organic 1.4 oz fruit & nut bars
  • Organic bananas & avocados
  • 3 fairly traded spreads: Guatemalan honey, organic orange marmalade & organic strawberry jam
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil

Commitment to Farmers and Fair Trade

  • First U.S. food or beverage company to formally adopt the international Fair Trade standards (1991)
  • Credit―In 1995 Equal Exchange became one of the first U.S. coffee importers to actively provide pre-harvest credit to the small farmer co-operatives. In 2014 we helped provide over $2,000,000 in affordable credit to our coffee farmer partners.
  • Fairly traded coffee imported in 2014: 6,950,000 pounds
  • COFFEE farmer co-op partners: 31 co-ops in 13 countries

Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Indonesia

  • Other farmer relationships ― Equal Exchange purchases fairly traded foods from approximately 44  small farmer co-ops in 19 countries or territories, including: 

Latin America: Mexico (avocados), Guatemala (honey), El Salvador (cashews) Dominican Republic (cocoa), Panama (cocoa), Peru (cocoa & bananas), Ecuador (cocoa & bananas), Chile (raisins), Paraguay (sugar) 
Africa: South Africa (rooibos), Madagascar (vanilla), Burkina Faso (mango), Uganda (pineapple), Tunisia (dates), Egypt (chamomile)
Middle East: Palestinian occupied territories/West Bank (olive oil) 
Asia: Pakistan (apricots), India (tea & cashews), Sri Lanka (tea & spices)
Global North: France (sea salt), U.S. (California almonds, Washington state peppermint)

Commitment To Organics

  • 97+% of the coffee we import annually is certified organic, making Equal Exchange one of the nation's largest purveyors of organic coffee. 
  • 100% of our black tea, herbal teas, cocoa, chocolate, sugar, bananas, apricots, pineapple, mangos, olive oil and almonds are certified organic.
  • In 2007 Equal Exchange worked with others to successfully overturn a USDA ruling and protect U.S. market access for hundreds of thousands of small-scale organic farmers around the world.