Vineland – Amazzon Produce Network, a mango importer headquartered in Vineland, NJ with offices in Los Angeles, McAllen, Nogales and Miami, now offers Fair Trade Certified organic and conventional mangos this year for the first time. From June through September, Amazon Produce will source a wide range of mangos from two family-owned and operated growers in Mexico, Fruta Exporta and Perez Organico. Offered mango varieties will include organic and conventional Ataulfos, Tommy Atkins, Keitts and Kents, all carrying the Fair Trade Certified seal.
Fruta Exporta and Perez Organico are dedicated mango growers that have focused on the individual development and the well-being of their workers and communities. Due to the increased work hours required during harvest and packing, they employ both seasonal and full-time workers. Their workforce is made up of a mixture of local and migrant workers from the mango growing areas in Mexico.
Fruta Exporta, Perez Organico and Amazon Produce began working towards Fair Trade certification two years ago as part of their commitment to their workers and mango-growing communities. Comprehensive Fair Trade standards combined with Good Agricultural Practices will ensure that both full-time and seasonal workers earn decent wages, work under safe conditions, enjoy freedom of association and practice environmental stewardship. Fair Trade will also help empower workers through Community Development Funds – additional money earned for every pound of mangos sold, which the workers will democratically designate towards projects of their choosing, like education and healthcare.
“With Fair Trade, we believe we can help farmworkers in the growing regions, as well as create awareness about this delicious tropical fruit in the US market” said Greg Golden, Co-Owner and Director of Sales of Amazon Produce. “Our guiding principle is, ‘We build long-term, sustainable partnerships with both suppliers and customers based on integrity, transparency, loyalty and fairness’”. The Fair Trade program fits perfectly with our guiding principle. Amazon Produce is very proud to partner with Fruta-Exporta, Perez Organico and Fair Trade USA to bring Fair Trade-certified mangos to the shelves of US retailers, and in doing so, help countless farmworkers, their families and communities.”
Amazon Produce Network is an importer and distributor of mangos and other produce with a mission to be the most efficient distribution channel in the United States for its customers and growers. Amazon Produce believes that being the most efficient distribution channel means providing the customer with the product, price, service, logistics and information he or she needs to be successful in the dynamic and complex world of produce, while also providing the best possible returns to the growers who entrust Amazon to market their crops. Amazon’s success is achieved by obtaining the best results for its growers through excellent stewardship of the product and service to its customers.
Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers; protects fragile ecosystems; and builds strong, transparent supply chains through independent, third-party certification. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ label signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from over 80 countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin, and educates consumers about the power of their purchase. Visit www.FairTradeCertified.org for more information.
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Source: Amazon Produce Network