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Product Certification

Coffee Program

Coffee was the first Fair Trade Certified™ commodity in the United States, pioneering a system that has greatly expanded its reach and impact over the ensuing years. From the start Fair Trade certification has benefitted historically marginalized coffee farmers by empowering farmer organizations to forge better business opportunities and cutting out intermediaries. In addition price premiums provide community development funds that enable cooperatives and associations to invest in their communities.

Meanwhile in the US industry recognition of the importance of Fair Trade is growing; more coffee roasters have joined the movement and consumers increasingly demand sustainable and socially just options. The energy and dedication of Fair Trade USA’s coffee partners drives forward the momentum of the movement – bringing increased benefits for farmers across the globe. We welcome businesses of all sizes to join with us to realize the full potential of Fair Trade for coffee farmers and workers.

Contact us to learn more about the coffee program

Importers

How to Import Fair Trade Coffee

  • Sign a Fair Trade USA certification and licensing agreement and application.
  • Pay Fair Trade USA an annual importer fee of $500.
  • Purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee from Fair Trade cooperatives, producer groups or exporters certified by FLO-Cert. Sell Fair Trade Certified coffee to other Fair Trade registered traders and operators.
  • Pay at least the Fair Trade minimum price and the designated Fair Trade premium and organic premiums, if applicable, to the certified cooperative--see the Pricing Database.
  • Submit quarterly reports to Fair Trade USA on Fair Trade Certified purchases and sales.
  • Undergo, and comply with, regular desk audits and on-site audits.
Retailers

Café, grocery, and restaurant

Meet the growing consumer demand for responsibly produced food products. Click here to find quality Fair Trade products that you can offer at your store or restaurant. Many of these products are available through natural and specialty food distributors, as well as food service distributors. Fair Trade USA provides retailers who carry Fair Trade Certified products free point-of-purchase materials to educate customers about the importance of Fair Trade. 

Food service and office coffee services

Fair Trade is a great way for businesses to team up with employees to make a difference. The workplace is one of the fastest growing segments of the Fair Trade market. A wide variety of Fair Trade Certified coffees are now available in food service packaging; contact any of Fair Trade USA's Licensed Coffee Roasters to find out about product availability. Fair Trade USA can provide brochures, posters, table tents, staff training materials, air pot magnets and stickers, and shelf talkers to communicate the Fair Trade message to your customers and employees. Click here to order.

Roasters

How to Become a Fair Trade Roaster

  • Sign a Fair Trade USA certification and licensing agreement.
  • Purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee from a Fair Trade registered importer or trader.
  • Submit all packaging, sales and marketing materials carrying the Fair Trade Certified logo to Fair Trade USA for approval.
  • Submit quarterly reports on Fair Trade Certified coffee purchases and sales.
  • Undergo, and comply with, regular desk audits and on-site audits.
  • Pay Fair Trade USA a fee per pound of  coffee purchased.

Start the registration process by clicking here