Fri, Dec 8, 2017 - 3:29pm

Update on Honduran Election

Carly Kadlec
December 8, 2017

This week I was supposed to visit our producer partners at Café Orgánico Marcala S.A. (COMSA) in Marcala, La Paz, Honduras, along with Equal Exchange Coffee Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen, to discuss milling practices, contracts, and ongoing project work with our counterparts at COMSA. However, due to political unrest we decided to reschedule our trip so as not to put any of our partners at risk, and recognizing that our work could be put on hold while the Honduran people are fighting for democracy.

Mon, Dec 4, 2017 - 1:46pm

Eat, Drink and Be Mindful

Ashley Symons
December 4, 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a wave of consumption. We’re surrounded by food, drinks, gifts, travel - things that can add up to an increased carbon footprint. So, what can we do to be more sustainable during the holidays and even to use our purchasing power for good? Here are some tips to help us be conscious consumers during this busy holiday season:

Mon, Nov 27, 2017 - 2:37pm

Palestinian Olive Oil: The Struggle to Build Markets for Small Farmers Under Occupation

Equal Exchange
November 27, 2017

Last month, we traveled to the West Bank to visit our Palestinian suppliers of organic extra virgin olive oil. At Equal Exchange, we are more than familiar with the daunting challenges and obstacles confronting cooperatives of small farmers growing coffee, cacao, and many other products. To those, we need to add all the constraints of physical movement and access to water that are everyday realities for Palestinian farmers given the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 - 9:17am

Member Profile: Meet Kai

Equal Exchange
November 14, 2017

Hello everyone! My name is Kai Kyles, and I’m deeply inspired and humbled by the work of Equal Exchange and the Action Forum. I became involved with the Forum after I joined Equal Exchange in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, last November for an incredible presentation about who controls our food system and how we can organize ourselves as citizen-consumers to create a more just, sustainable and democratic food system that works for farmers, workers, and consumers.

Tue, Nov 7, 2017 - 2:03pm

My Month in Ecuador

Ravdeep Jaidka
November 7, 2017

As the banana buyer for Equal Exchange, this September, I got the opportunity to work and live alongside Guabo, a small farmer banana co-operative in southern Ecuador. Guabo is Equal Exchange’s longest banana partner; the two organizations have worked together for over 10 years to bring Fair Trade, organic bananas from small-scale growers to the U.S. marketplace.

Tue, Oct 31, 2017 - 10:33am

What's Behind Your Halloween Chocolate?

Ashley Symons
October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! This year, it's expected that Halloween candy sales will reach a record $2.75 billion in retail sales.​ According to the National Confectioners Association, Halloween is the biggest holiday for seasonal candy sales, accounting for about 34 percent of seasonal candy sales (outnumbering Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day). And, i​f you took all the candy that’s sold during Halloween week​, it would equal about 300,000 tons or two pounds of candy per American!

Tue, Oct 24, 2017 - 11:59am

Celebrating Co-op Month

Sara Fiore
October 24, 2017

October is Co-op Month! At Equal Exchange, we’re proud to be a worker-owned co-operative and to trade with democratic farmer co-ops worldwide. Co-operative values are key to who we are, and they manifest in our daily and long-term work.

Mon, Oct 9, 2017 - 2:19pm

Creating Cacao Tasting Standards

Equal Exchange
October 9, 2017

In 2010, Equal Exchange and TCHO Chocolate embarked on a journey to partner in new and innovative ways with cacao co-operatives in Peru, Ecuador and Dominican Republic. With support from the USAID Co-operative Development Program, we set out to develop a project focused on three key factors for cooperative success: quality, productivity, and capitalization.


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