Known as the drink of the Gods, our prehistoric ancestors were already using the grain in rituals to the Gods and ceremonies of the elite, reaching to used it even as an element of exchange.
This culture subsists only on small plots of northern Alta Verapaz and Polochic region, is where FEDECOVERA, aware of the need to recover our Maya culture, supports small farmers and encourages the cultivation of the best Cocoa of the world.
Botanical name: Theobroma cacao.
Product description: The cacao tree is grown in the tropics in a band between 10°C-20°C north and south of the equator. The Cacao Bean is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of cacao tree fruit. The flavor of the cacao variety beans it depends on the soil, temperature, sunshine and rainfall.
Organic: USDA-NOP, EC, JAS and BIOSUISSE.
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Based in Cobán, the north of Guatemala, FEDECOVERA -Federation of Cooperatives of the Verapaces- is an autonomous second level cooperative founded on February 23rd 1976; leaded by small producers organized in first level cooperatives and associations.
FEDECOVERA takes its origin from the Q’eqchi and Poqomchi cultures which belong to the Ancestral Mayan Culture. Since 1976 FEDECOVERA empower its associated cooperatives by enforced their integration system which allows them to consolidate the processes under the concept of PRODUCTIVE CHAINS; from the past, present and future we have been committed to the cooperative families with shared benefits through effective supply chain that allows them to:
Ensure a sustainable supply of high quality products which benefits both producers and consumers.
Promote sustainable production practices that maintain and increase biodiversity and crop diversification.
Train small farmers to develop prosperous and productive communities.
Ensure traceability into their production processes.
Incorporate into all policies three essential components: SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL.
The main activity of our associated cooperatives is the production of cardamom, allspice, coffee, black tea, cocoa, black pepper, turmeric, essential oils, basic grains, vegetables and sustainable forestry development.
FEDECOVERA has contributed to create a positive economic environment in order to improve the livelihoods of thousands of small producers.
Our results are spoken:
9 products: cardamom, allspice, coffee, cocoa, turmeric, black pepper, black tea, essential oils and sustainable forestry.
1st Organic Cardamom and Allspice producer and exporter in the world.
Global business experience, exporting to the 5 continents.
2 Industrialization plants: located in the City of Cobán, Alta Verapaz estate and El Rancho Village, El Progreso state.
25 000 producing families gathered in 41 cooperatives and more than 21 associations.
Consequently FEDECOVERA takes care of more than 140 000 persons.
Our four values:
Human livelihoods as a focus: We act for the Human well-being.
Earth and Nature as a gift: We protect and improve the environment and the biodiversity.
Customer as a partner: We deliver satisfaction in order to build a very-long-term relationship.
Integrity, Fairness and Independence as guidelines: We always strive to do the right things, independently.
Our three engagements:
Propose high-quality products and services.
Build a bridge between producers and customers.
Act for better living conditions.
Our Business Model…The real “social business”
QUALITY COMMITMENT & ORGANIC PRODUCTION
Quality is everybody’s commitment and we comply with all internal and external food safety, regulatory and quality requirements.
Our Quality Policy summarizes our passion for excellence.
We build trust by offering products and services that match customer expectation and preference.
We continuously challenge ourselves in order to constantly improve and achieve the highest levels of quality.
FEDECOVERA´s practices are based on the respect of the Nature. We promote an agriculture that will never damage our nature and environment. Our Agri-Technicians are training our cooperatives and associations according to natural practices, using no pesticides and no chemicals.
Consequently, FEDECOVERA could be proud to:
Sell only natural products;
Protect the health of its producers and of its consumers;
Act for a sustainable environment and a sustainable production.
In 2002, we started to certify our products to get the Label Organic. All FEDECOVERA products are cultivated based on natural best practices, even if all the cooperatives do not have the Certification Organic today.