Green Crushed Olives from interrupcion fair trade
July 25, 2009 at 16:30
You were introduced to interrupcion fair trade yesterday.
Green Crushed Olive Spread
The first product that we tried was their green crushed olives. This all-natural spread is made from freshly handpicked olives in the Mendoza Province of Argentina. Olives are crushed and puréed until smooth, leaving it with a clean, pure, fruity flavor. Ideal as a spread on gourmet bread, crackers and pita. Also, excellent served with vegetables, fish and meat or used as an ingredient in pasta sauce and salad dressings.
Here’s some info about one of the producer groups involved in producing green crushed olive spread:
Cooperativa Colihua has 1760 community members, with 14 producers employing 21 permanent workeres and 130 temporary workers.
Argentina’s economic collapse in 2001 forced many below the poverty line and informal employment has proliferated. Today, 45% of Argentina’s workforce still works in ‘negro’ (i.e. without legal registration) earning an average $156 per month, or 60% below the national minimum wage. With Fair Trade certification, Francisco Alcaraz S.A. has ensured that all workers are employed legally, working in safe conditions and earning the national minimum wage. Every purchase of inft* Crushed Olives supports their small operation, it’s all-natural production and demonstrates to other businesses in the region that profitability and social responsibility go hand in hand.
Cooperativa Colihua is working to strengthen its cooperative of small and medium producers in order to compete with corporate production in the region. An important challenge is finding higher-value markets for their products. Currently the cooperative’s main avenue of trade is bulk export to Brazil because supermarkets in Argentina require a large payment to access their shelves: an investment that only dominant olive traders can afford. interrupcion* is working with Cooperativa Colihua to direct a portion of their harvest into the 2008 production of their Crushed Olive Spread. Social Premiums generated from all 2008 Crushed Olive Spread sales will be invested in capacity to also package and label whole olives for sale in the U.S. with interrupcion*. A better deal and higher-value markets through Fair Trade will provide much needed economic stability.
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