Fruandes is derived from the Spanish “Frutos de los Andes” and means “Fruits of the Andes. This is also what the company of the same name in Ibagué, Colombia, about 200 km west of the capital Bogotá, is all about. Fruandes is a socially committed company and aims to sell healthy and locally produced products in organic quality on international markets. By integrating smallholder cooperatives into functioning value chains, it aims to achieve the highest possible ecological and, above all, social impact. The Fruandes network spans five departments of Colombia and involves more than 650 farmer:ing families in the business model.
Fruandes sources fruit from seven different cooperatives located in different regions of the Colombian Andes. The smallholders grow mangos, physalis, pineapples, bananas, dragon fruit/pitahaya, cane sugar, cacao and peanuts according to strict organic quality standards, which are then gently processed in the Fruandes production facility in Ibagué.
In 2017, with the help of Pakka, Fruandes was able to build a new processing plant in Ibagué, creating value and jobs in this rural region.
Today, the company exports its organically certified dried fruit to various countries, including Canada, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and the United States.
In the Tolima region (southwest of Bogota), cotton was an important agricultural product until the collapse of the industry. However, the soils are quite suitable for growing other crops such as peanuts. With a lot of persuasion, courage and financial support from Pakka, one of the producer organizations – “the Asociación Acayma” could be motivated to integrate the cultivation of organic peanuts into their product portfolio. Pakka financed a first pilot phase and supported them with market and product know-how. In close cooperation with “Fruandes (post-harvest processing) and “Equiori” (chocolating and packaging of the peanuts), a true “field-to-food product” was created: not only are raw materials 100% Colombian, but the entire value creation takes place in the Colombian origin.