Fast Facts

Products

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

Coffee

We offer one of the world's largest selections of fairly traded coffee: 79 choices (SKUs), including 16 distinct single-origin coffees, 41 certified organic coffees, and 6 different package sizes from 1.5 oz to 5 lbs.

Tea, chocolate, bananas & other products

  • 14 organic fairly traded bagged teas - 96% sourced from small farmer co-operatives
  • Organic fairly traded hot cocoa mix & spicy hot cocoa mix
  • Organic fairly traded baking cocoa powder
  • 9 organic fairly traded 3.5 oz chocolate bars & chocolate "minis"
  • 3 organic fairly traded 1.4 oz candy bars
  • Organic fairly traded sugar packets
  • 6 types of organic fairly traded dried fruits & nuts
  • Organic fairly traded bananas
  • Organic fairly traded extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 fairly traded "Geobars", 50% Fair Trade content

Commitment to Farmers and Fair Trade

  • First U.S. food or beverage company to adopt the international Fair Trade standards (1991)
  • Fair Trade Certification ― 100% of our coffee, cocoa, chocolate, sugar and bananas are certified Fair Trade.
    • In 2013 Equal Exchange became one of the first coffee companies in the world to embrace and utilize the "SPP", aka the "Small Producers Symbol". The SPP system is a Fair Trade labeling system established and run by the CLAC, the Latin American network of small farmer Fair Trade organizations. SPP-required minimum prices for green coffee are 16-38% higher than that demanded by Fair Trade USA or Fair Trade International ($2.20/lb vs. $1.60 or $1.90/lb). Unlike Fair Trade USA the SPP program does not grant eligibility to large scale plantations.
  • 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 2012 we helped provide over $2,000,000 in affordable credit to our coffee farmer partners.
  • Fair Trade Premiums paid over the conventional coffee market from 2000 through 2012: $10,000,000+
  • Fairly traded coffee imported in 2012: 6,975,000 pounds
  • Number of small coffee farmer co-op partners: 26 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 tea, cocoa, bananas and other foods and ingredients from approximately 50 small farmer co-ops in 20 countries or territories:
    Latin America: El Salvador (cashews), Dominican Republic (cocoa), Panama (cocoa), Peru (cocoa & bananas), Ecuador (cocoa & bananas), Chile (raisins, honey, blueberries), Paraguay (sugar)
    Africa: Burkina Faso (mango), Uganda (pineapple), Zambia (sugar), South Africa (rooibos), Madagascar (vanilla), Egypt (chamomile & peppermint)
    Middle East: Palestinian occupied territories/West Bank (olive oil)
    Asia: Pakistan (apricots), India (tea & cashews), Sri Lanka (tea), Thailand (rice),
    Global North: France (sea salt), U.S. (California almonds, Washington peppermint)

Commitment To Organics

  • 95% of the 7 million pounds of 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, mangoes, olive oil, and cashews 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.

Company Statistics & Financial Data

  • Average annual growth, 1986-2012: 28.7%
  • 2012 Sales: $51,046,000
  • Full-time employees: 146 (136 full time + 10 "full time equivalents")
  • Members* of our worker cooperative: 100
    (*Employees must work one year before becoming eligible to join)

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

Offices

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