UTZ’s hazelnut program launched in 2014 and has more than tripled in size since then. Understanding the program starts with understanding the sustainability concerns facing the sector. As we enter our fifth harvest, Leonie Haakshorst, manager of the UTZ hazelnut program, discusses with us the industry’s main challenges.Continue reading
Josep Novell from Cafés Novell: “The consumer buys coffee because of its quality. If it’s certified, that’s a bonus.”
Josep Novell is CEO of Cafés Novell, a Spanish coffee roaster renowned for innovation. In 2002 the company became Spain’s first UTZ certified brand. We sat down with Josep to chat about the transition and lessons learned. “It’s difficult to explain the topic, but we have an opportunity to differentiate ourselves here in Spain.”
Daniel Katz, Rainforest Alliance: “Sustainable transformation must be driven by industry leadership and consumer demand”
Daniel Katz, founder and chairman of the board of the Rainforest Alliance, explains how the planned merger with UTZ will be a major step forward for sustainability. “We will have the capacity to integrate our comprehensive vision of sustainability into the supply chains of some of the world’s largest and best-known brands.”
Kimberly Easson, Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity: “Gender equity is good for people and good for business”
If women farmers had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase their yields by 20-30%. That’s why we partner with the Coffee Quality Institute’s Partnership for Gender Equity to motivate change in the Nicaraguan coffee industry.
Justin Leavenworth from UTZ: “This merger is designed to bring real innovation to making supply chains more sustainable.”
The UTZ/Rainforest Alliance merger is an exciting step towards a world where business, sustainability and profit can have equal value. Justin Leavenworth, Global Markets Director of UTZ, explains more.
With our 2016 annual report out this week, we sat down for a cup of coffee with Han de Groot, Executive Director of UTZ. We looked at some of the highlights of the last year, and saw how great things become possible when we work together.
Federico Giorgio Marrano from Nestlé Italy: “Sustainability is becoming one of the load-bearing values for all consumers.”
The launch of Perugina Nero products with the UTZ label in 2016 is one step further on Nestlé’s path towards sustainable cocoa in Italy. We talked to Federico Giorgio Marrano, Confectionery Marketing Manager at Nestlé Italy about the launch and what it means for them.
Sustainability is more than just a word at Julius Meinl Group. It forms a fundamental part of how they work. For them, sustainability means premium quality and best service. We talked to Simone Favero, Brand Ambassador at Julius Meinl Italy about bringing sustainable coffee to the Italian market.
Abrabopa is one of the biggest cocoa associations in Ghana, with over 13,000 members from all the main production areas of the country. Executive Secretary Eliseus Opoku-Boamah shares with us how certification is helping them change their farmers’ lives for the better.
Cargill on sustainability: “Transparency is essential, and third party certification plays its part”
Struggling with how to improve farmer livelihoods while making sustainability an integrated part of your business? Taco Terheijden, Cargill’s Director of Cocoa Sustainability, offers some insights on certification and other industry trends.