About Fruandes, Colombia
“Fruandes = Frutos de los Andes” or “Fruits from the Andes” – that’s what the company of the same name “Fruandes” in the Colombian town of Ibagué about 200 km west of the capital Bogotá is all about. Fruandes is a socially responsible company with the aim of selling healthy and locally produced organic quality products on the international markets. By integrating smallholder farmers’ cooperatives into functioning value chains, the company aims to achieve the highest possible ecological and, above all, social impact. The Fruandes network covers five departments in Colombia and involves more than 650 smallholder families in the business model.
Fruandes obtains its raw materials – fruit, and now also cocoa – from seven different smallholder cooperatives based in different regions in the Colombian Andes. The small farmers grow mangoes, physalis, pineapples, bananas, dragon fruit, cane sugar and cocoa according to strict organic quality standards, which are then gently processed in Fruandes’ production facility in Ibagué.
With the help of Pakka, a new processing plant could be built in Ibagué in 2017 to create added value and thus jobs in a rural region, but also to be closer to the raw materials and thus save logistics costs.
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.