Brazil is the historic leader of the global production of coffee, standing out in the last couple of years, for its great investment in technology to provide a high-quality product, thereby entering the special coffees market offering quality of drink, consistency and volume. Within the Fairtrade certification in Brazil, coffee is also the main product in terms of volume, sales value and number of families linked to its production.
Next in importance at a national level is the orange juice, being the main producer within fair trade. Another important area for Brazil is tropical fruit production where papaya, mango and lemon stand out, produced by companies committed to fair trade and worker’s well-being.
Chile and Argentina are without a doubt the main producers of wine in Latin America and this is also reflected in fair trade, where they lead high quality wine production, dominating a grape variety such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Blanc, Carmenere, Merlot and Chardonnay, in diverse, organic and conventional production systems and of large scale and small producers. Honey and warm weather fruits are in the second position of importance in both countries.
Paraguay stands out as the main producer of organic and Fairtrade sugar in Latin America; while Uruguay stands out for its organic honey production that allows them to offer a high-quality product, produced under management practices that favor environmental conservation, especially in threaten and with great fragility ecosystems by the progress of conventional agriculture.