BROOMFIELD, Colorado, August 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – So Delicious Dairy Free®, a determined leader in the plant-based product category, today announced the launch of Good People Loop, a program that aims to support the social and economic empowerment of partners agriculture throughout its supply chain. Good People Loop was launched with a commitment to empower coconut growing partners to adopt more sustainable practices such as intercropping, composting and mulching organic matter, which improves yields of their cultures. The program aims to increase crop yields by 50% and incomes of coconut farmers by 100% over the next 5 years.
The global coconut products industry is expected to reach $ 31.1 billion by 2026, with a compound average growth rate of 13.6%.1 However, despite the growing market for coconut products, many coconut farmers often live in poverty due to declining crop yields and a lack of transparency in the supply chain. As a leading producer of coconut products, So Delicious Dairy Free is passionately committed to improving the welfare and profitability of its supply chain partners, starting with coconut producers. coco in The Philippines.
“So Delicious Dairy Free is committed to doing #MoreThanTheMinimum to ensure that our farmer partners in The Philippines are able to thrive in their local economy, ”said Deanna bratter, responsible for sustainable development, Danone North America. “As a leader in herbal offerings for over 30 years, we believe it is our responsibility to go beyond simply providing delicious, dairy-free products to do good for the world. . We believe in the possibilities of making social and environmental life positive. impacts, especially when everyone has a fair place at the table. “
Income inequality is a devastating, intersectional global problem that has long-term and sometimes invisible impacts. #MoreThanTheMinimum is So Delicious’s commitment to a more just and inclusive economic system in which access to decent work and a living income is accessible to all, especially within its supply chain through the Good People Loop program.
In partnership with Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F) and Integrated Rural Development Fund (IRDF), Good People Loop works directly with 1,000 coconut farmers in The Philippines to better understand their needs and challenges, by providing education and helping to provide solutions to ultimately increase farmers’ incomes.
“We are proud to partner with So Delicious and the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F) to bring this program to life for coconut farmers in The Philippines“said Arze Gilpo, executive director of the Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (IRDF).” IRDF supports the organization of cooperatives and economic associations of small farmers in the field. The Good People Loop program aligns with our people-centered approach to sustainable development and promoting resilient livelihoods in the region. “
So Delicious, part of Danone North America, is a member of the B Corp community, and the Good People Loop program highlights how brands can use business as a positive force to create economic and social value, while preserving natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. This program builds on Danone North America’s commitment to foster decent work and inclusive growth within the company’s value chain, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“As a brand, So Delicious is committed to helping the right people, like our farmers, gain more from farming so that they can continue to grow the amazing coconuts that go into So Delicious products,” said Dave robinson, Marketing Director, So Delicious Dairy Free. “By choosing brands like So Delicious that invest in people in their value chain, you are helping Good People Loop thrive.”
Join So Delicious on Good People Loop and learn more about brand impact by visiting the People tab of the Impact section of our website.
About So Delicious® Dairy Free
So Delicious Dairy Free has been bringing joy to dairy-free lives for 30 years. We have a range of delicious, dairy-free delicacies that you can sip, scoop, lick and drink throughout the day. From our strong allergen testing program to the innovative work we do to create products made with the highest quality ingredients, we’re committed to doing what’s right for humans, animals and the planet. Our entire line of food and drink is certified vegan and either listed or verified by the Non-GMO Project. So Delicious Dairy Free offers a portfolio of dairy free products including frozen desserts, beverages, yogurt substitutes, coffee creamers and more, and is proud to be part of the B Corp® movement. For more information, visit: https://bcorporation.net/directory/danone-north-america.
About Danone North America
Danone North America is a purpose-built company and an industry leader in the food and beverage category. As a Certified B Corporation®, Danone North America is committed to creating both economic and social value, while preserving natural ecosystems through sustainable agriculture. Our strong brand portfolio includes: Activia®, DanActive®, Danimals®, Dannon®, evian®, Happy Family® Organics, Honest to Goodness ™, Horizon® Organic, International Delight®, Light + Fit®, Oikos®, Silk® , So Delicious® Dairy Free, STōK ™, Two Good®, Wallaby® Organic and YoCrunch®. With more than 6,000 employees and 14 production sites across the United States and Canada, Danone North America’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. For more information, visit www.danonenorthamerica.com. For more information on Danone North America’s B Corp® status, visit: https://bcorporation.net/directory/danone-north-america.
About the Livelihoods Funds and the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming
Livelihoods funds bring together a coalition of private and public actors committed to restoring degraded natural ecosystems, building sustainable supply chains and improving the livelihoods of millions of rural communities. Created in 2015, the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F) is an innovative investment vehicle of the Livelihoods Funds, designed to transform the agricultural supply chains of pioneer brands (Mars, Danone, Firmenich, Veolia) while securing the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. With an investment objective of 85 million euros over 10 years, L3F provides timely support for the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices, the empowerment of a new generation of farmers and the restoration of key natural resources.
1 ResearchandMarket.com, “Coconut Products Market Study, 2019-2026 – Global Market Expected to Cross $ 31 billion by 2026 “2020
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