Cafédirect is the UK’s largest 100% Fairtrade hot drinks company, selling a wide range of products that are sourced directly from growers.
In 2015, Cafédirect purchased 1,326 tonnes of coffee beans (2014: 1,057), 92 tonnes of tea (2014: 175) and 44 tonnes of cocoa beans (2014: 46), paying growers Fairtrade premiums of £644,691 (2015: £520,218). Since becoming a plc in 2004, Cafédirect has supported growers businesses and communities with over £15.5 million. Read more
In 2015, Cafédirect saw an increase in turnover from £11.8 m in the previous year to £12.4 m. An underlying operating loss of £1,065,168 was incurred in the year, £436,755 higher than in 2014. The current cash position is negative and the company is operating within an overdraft facility.
Since 2004 total payments to farmers in the developing world amount to more than £15.5 million.
The CEPICAFE co-operative has around 7,000 farming families living on the slopes of the Andes as members. Cafédirect buys 40% of their coffee exports, and has been co-financing community development projects since 2008.
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