The cold winter months were brightened up a bit when the Equal Exchange warehouse in Portland notified us that our first shipment of Salvadoran cashews had arrived. The nuts were so tasty they were practically sold before we could unpack the container. Once in the stores, the response was tremendous. Sales reps were hanging up the phones and reporting unexpectedly large orders. We immediately contacted Aprainores and asked for twice the quantity from the following year’s harvest. We were not going to have a problem selling these tasty snacks. Our challenge was actually the reverse: Aprainores already has two Fair Trade buyers in Europe, the trees are over fifty years old, and the co-op doesn’t have a lot of extra resources to put into farm maintenance: so how can we get more?
Our expanding line of Fair Foods includes olive oil from the West Bank, almonds from California, cashews from El Salvador and India, pineapple from Uganda, mango from Burkina Faso, apricots from Pakistan, raisins from Chile, and Geobars, a global snack bar made in partnership with Traidcraft in the U.K.