Employees often hold the key to success for your sustainability efforts. They are the ones who talk to your customers and who implement your programs on the ground. What’s more, employees who work for brands that address social and environmental issues are often more motivated and engaged than their peers. That’s why we’ve launched an employee engagement session that can help you get your staff talking about sustainable farming.
The session includes an interactive quiz which can be given by you or an UTZ representative to inform and involve your colleagues. The quiz helps them understand what UTZ means for your brand, and how they can communicate about it, with customers, friends and family.
Kahls Kaffe AB, an importer and producer of coffee and tea, together with sister company, Kahls The & Kaffehandel in Sweden are one of the first UTZ members to use the quiz, with 30 employees taking part during a two-day company program. Following the interactive and fun session all participants got to improve their understanding of the UTZ program and were better able to address the remaining questions they still had.
Mats Nilsson, managing director and owner: “Our shop managers are an important communication channel for Kahls. Understanding of and being involved in the story behind our UTZ certified coffee and tea helps them to pass the message on to customers. This really adds value to the Kahls brand and the products we sell.”
Peter Goodman, coffee purchasing at Kahls adds: “Before taking the quiz I knew what UTZ was about but now I’ve got some great examples and ideas that make it even easier to communicate about sustainable farming and why it matters to Kahls.”
Want to involve your employees in your choice for sustainable sourcing? Get in touch for more information on the quiz and ideas for how we can help you engage your staff.
Consumers around Europe and the USA are enjoying some delicious new hot drink and chocolate varieties this month, thanks to some great new product launches from UTZ partners. Happy Autumn!
AUSTRALIAN espresso beans – Netherlands
AUSTRALIAN has extended its range of UTZ certified coffee with its first 1Kg packs of espresso beans. The products, which are both UTZ certified and organic, come in three varieties: medium roast, dark roast and single origin. The 1Kg varieties are for sale at Sligro, the Dutch wholesale shop, with 750g packs on sale direct to consumers in various supermarkets. The packaging includes a tracking code which consumers can use on the australianhomemade.com website to trace their coffee back to the farm.
Old City Coffee – USA
A warm welcome to Old City Coffee – coffee shops in Philadelphia with a mission to supply the public with the freshest, highest-grade coffees. The business has now launched its first UTZ certified Old City Blend coffee pods. These single serving beverage cups contain a blend of medium and dark roasts and can be ordered directly from oldcitycoffee.com or purchased from one of their retail locations. We love the packaging!
Höflich Schokolade – Germany & Italy
Höflich Schokolade are proud users of the UTZ logo with a range of crunchy chocolate pralines in five great flavors: milk chocolate, dark, dark with orange, white with strawberry and last but not least white with coconut. Consumers in Germany and Italy can find them at retail stores and delicatessen shops.
Pirkka pralines – Finland
Retail chain Kesko has launched a new variety in its UTZ labeled Pirkka chocolate range: dark chocolate pralines with a caramel filling and a sprinkling of sea salt on top! This exciting new flavor is available to consumers in Finland from K-foodstores.
Notting Hill Herfstthee – Netherlands
Customers in the Netherlands can enjoy a new spiced tea especially for autumn – the Notting Hill black tea with apple and cinnamon flavor – with all the tea sustainably sourced through UTZ. The product is available in Albert Heijn supermarkets.
Denner Earl Grey tea – Switzerland
Tea lovers in Switzerland can now enjoy a new sustainably sourced tea to keep them warm as the days get shorter and colder. Denner supermarket is adding to its sustainable tea range with an UTZ certified Earl Grey blend – perfect for an afternoon cup of tea.
We’re often asked to work more closely with other sustainability standards. Actually, while we believe each sustainability standard makes a unique contribution to the field we also very much welcome the opportunity to work together, particularly when this can benefit farmers. So we’re pleased to report that UTZ Certified and FLOCERT are launching a new collaboration that will enable combined UTZ and Fairtrade audits.
The new agreement will cover audits in sustainable coffee production in selected countries in Central America, black tea in several countries in Africa, and rooibos tea in South Africa, and will help reduce costs and time for farmers.
A similar initiative was set up with Fair Trade USA last year which enables cocoa farmers to gain access to both the UTZ Certified and the Fair Trade USA supply chains through a single audit.
Find out more about the new collaboration here.
UTZ Marketing webinar on climate change (19 & 26 November)
Get an insight into what climate change means for farmers and how you support them to successfully adapt to the effects of climate change by sourcing UTZ certified coffee, cocoa or tea. To join, register here for the English webinar or the webinar in German.
BSR Conference: resilient business, resilient world (3-5 November) – San Francisco
We’ll be attending this leading conference on sustainable business. Will you be there? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable Brands (16-18 November) – London
Three days of events and ideas to help you successfully innovate your brand for sustainability. UTZ will be there. Want to meet up? Get in touch at email@example.com.
Conference of Parties COP 21 (30 Nov – 12 December) – Paris.
Our Climate Change expert Henriette Walz will be present and update us on the latest discussions and decisions taken.