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Nespresso to showcase key partnership with Rainforest on coffee sleeves

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Nespresso has announced the inclusion of the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal on all Nespresso permanent Grand Crus coffee sleeves to help build awareness of the AAA Sustainable Quality Program.

Launched in 2003, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is a tailor-made program that combines the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability criteria with the quality coffee credentials Nespresso is known for.

To celebrate and highlight this important 14-year partnership, Nespresso has updated its packaging to include the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal next to the AAA logo, with the aim of highlighting the importance of sustainable quality coffee to consumers.

Nespresso CEO, Jean-Marc Duvoisin, said: ‘‘The Rainforest Alliance was one of our original partners and helped us to design the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program. Their seal is recognizable to millions of people and we believe that including their seal on our packs will help our customers to better understand what the AAA program means and the importance of sustainably sourced coffee. We know we cannot do all of the work alone and will continue to work with local and international partner organisations to help us put the farmer at the centre of everything we do.

The Rainforest Alliance’s mission is to conserve biodiversity and help ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behaviour. The AAA program was designed to incorporate these criteria and help improve the quality of life for farmers, their families and communities while also protecting the environment.

This is done through a holistic approach, which includes auditing farms against the newly revised  Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards to help ensure best agricultural practices and direct training through on-the-ground agronomists who help them to make their farms more productive and profitable.

Nigel Sizer, president of the Rainforest Alliance, stated “We are proud of the achievements that the Nespresso and Rainforest Alliance collaboration have accomplished over the past 14 years and we look forward to continued progress.  We will continue to work together with farmers to create shared value and vibrant coffee communities, while at the same time helping protect the natural environment and advancing sustainable agricultural practices.

The AAA program goes beyond Rainforest Alliance certification by also focusing on high coffee quality and price premiums being paid so farmers can produce coffee that meets the Nespresso standards on taste and aroma while protecting the wellbeing of farmers and the environment.

Currently, 80% of Nespresso coffee is sourced from AAA farms and it is estimated that over 40% of all our coffee is from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. All coffee sleeves across the brand’s permanent Grand Crus range will now clearly label this, to show Nespresso’s commitment to not only sustainability and farmer welfare, but also meaningful and long-term partnerships.