Colombia is undergoing a transformation.
Over the last 4 years, peace negotiations have been taking place, ending over 52 years of conflict, the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. Peace-making has been taking place:
- at high level with negotiations in Habana, Cuba and peace accords are now being implemented
- at grass roots with associations for [eace working throughout Colombia.
Fruto del Espíritu CIC is a Community Interest Company, promoting alternative exotic fruit from Colombia, sustainability and peace.
The company started by importing fruit purées for a niche market in the UK, including venues in Park Lane and Knightsbridge. Operations have now been scaled up. In Summer 2017 our Lulo is reaching 1 million guests at Las Iguanas!
- in the UK hospitality industry, with Berraquera Lulo Drinks and Purées
- at grass roots with communities, through Direct Sales & Lulo Recipe Development
Our main goal is to increase overseas markets for smallholder fruit farmers.
We also send a social premium of US$42/tonne (£33.33 Dec 16) direct to Fruit-Farmer Associations, see photos. This is the Fairtrade Social Premium rate for “Passion fruits for Processing in Colombia”. However we use this for all three exotic fruits, as no rate has been set for Lulo or Mora.
To make a direct contribution to the farmers: