Mango shipper Freska sees Fair Trade benefits
Freska Produce International, Oxnard, Calif., gained Fair Trade USA certification at its Mexico mango packinghouses over the past two years, and now the benefits of the program are being noticed on the operational side of the business.
“We are now seeing employees with exceptional skills coming to our plants seeking employment,” Jesus “Chuy” Loza said in a news release. “These employees are seeing the benefits of Fair Trade USA and how it is changing the atmosphere and the culture of our operations.”
Produce with the Fair Trade USA label means it was sourced according to specific social, environmental and economic standards.
Mangos produced in Mexico from Freska Produce bear the Fair Trade USA logo, a sign that basic human rights for farmers and workers are enforced, according to the release. Farmers and workers earn extra money with every sale.
“This higher wage has seen a rate of return in the plant that corresponds to the happiness of our employees and their eagerness to return to our operations, day after day,” Miguel Allard, owner of an Oaxaca, Mexico, packing plant that collaborates with Freska, said in the release. “Some individuals even come to the packinghouse to seek out work from neighboring communities.”
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