NEW YORK, USA – Sucafina North America – the US subsidiary of the Sucafina Group
– has acquired a 100% stake in the equity shares of Sustainable Harvest, a green coffee importer based in Portland, Oregon. Jordan Hooper, Managing Director of Sucafina North America, said: “Sustainable Harvest is rededicating itself to its core mission to support producers and roasters with traceable, transparent trading. With this acquisition, we are providing the stronger financial support they need to continue operating some of the most progressive sustainability initiatives in the industry, while maintaining their company independence and status as a B Corporation.”
The Sucafina North America acquisition
Founded in 1997, Sustainable Harvest imports specialty coffees from around the world with a focus on creating transparent relationships that increase value throughout the supply chain while fostering greater sustainability.
The new partnership will further drive sustainability and innovation across the entire industry by blending Sucafina’s breadth of impact with Sustainable Harvest’s depth of impact. Sucafina has proven experience across large networks of farmers. Sustainable Harvest’s more nimble approach is tied to specific local communities, farmers, and coffees.
Dave Behrends, Managing Partner & Head of Trading at Sucafina, commented: “We saw this acquisition as an opportunity to preserve the integrity of the supply chain. We also recognize the benefits of having Sustainable Harvest as an independent platform to innovate with more progressive ideas and technologies to sustainably reshape our industry.”
Jordan Hooper has appointed Kat Nolte Ferguson as Managing Director of Sustainable Harvest. Jorge Cuevas will continue in his leadership role as Chief Coffee Officer for the company. David Griswold, founder and CEO of Sustainable Harvest, will transition to an innovation role with the global Sucafina Group.
Jorge Cuevas, Chief Coffee Officer at Sustainable Harvest, said: “Sustainable Harvest will continue to innovate and challenge the traditional trading model by building traceable and transparent supply chains that fully integrate from end to end. Together with Sucafina, we will continue our commitment to serving coffee farmers and roasters. The relationship coffee model, producer partners, and customers remain at the heart of all we do.”
About the company
Sucafina North America is the US subsidiary of the Sucafina Group, a leading sustainable Farm to Roaster coffee company, with a family tradition in commodities that stretches back to 1905.
Today, with more than 1,400 employees in 33 countries, the Group is one of the leading coffee trading houses in the world and one of the few focused entirely on coffee. Sucafina’s extensive supply chains span from producer-facing export operations to destination sales offices around the world.
About Sustainable Harvest
Sustainable Harvest is a specialty coffee importer whose mission is to improve the livelihoods of coffee-farming families around the globe through its Relationship Coffee Model. Founded by David Griswold in 1997 with the goal that “every grower knows their buyer, and every buyer knows their grower,” the company has partnered with over 200,000 smallholder farmers, helping them gain access to premium markets and increased incomes. It became the first B Corp-certified coffee importer in 2008.