Who are the farmers that benefit from sales of Equal Exchange cocoa & chocolate?

We source from small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.
 
Through partnership with co-ops, small-scale farmers gain crucial market access they wouldn’t have otherwise. The co-ops are democratically run by the farmers, so that together they decide how to invest in their communities. When they work together as a co-op, they become owners of a business. They have economic and political control over their lives. They have access to quality trainings and processing equipment. And, they can positively influence their communities by investing in school supplies, women’s programs, clean drinking wells, or other social development projects.
 
80g Chocolate Bars and Chocolate Minis
The cacao in our 80g bars and minis is grown with care by small-scale farmer co-operatives in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. The sugar and vanilla in our 80g chocolate bars and chocolate minis are also fairly traded and organic. The sugar comes from small-scale farmer co-ops in Paraguay and the vanilla from small-scale farmer co-ops in Madagascar. 
 
Cocoas
The cacao in our Organic Hot Cocoa Mix, Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa, and Organic Dark Hot Chocolate, and Organic Baking Cocoa is grown by the farmers of CONACADO co-operative in the Dominican Republic. We’ve partnered with CONACADO for over 10 years, and now buy the cocoa powder direct from their farmer-owned manufacturing facility. The vanilla in our Organic Hot Cocoa and Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa is grown by small-scale farmer co-opsin Madagascar. The sugar in the Organic Hot Cocoa Mix, Organic Spicy Cocoa, and organic Dark Hot Chocolate is from Manduvira co-op in Paraguay. Manduvira recently became the first farmer-owned sugar mill in Paraguay, giving them control over the final sugar product – a radical shift in the sugar industry. 
 

Chocolate Chips
The cacao in our Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (55% Cacao)  and Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (70% Cacao) is grown by small-scale farmer co-ops in Peru. The sugar in these products is supplied by the Manduvira co-op in Paraguay.

 
Browse our list of farmer partners here