NUTRITION AND HEALTH
As a water and coffee company, we are focused on providing you and your loved ones with healthy hydration options at home and at your workplace. We offer safe drinkable water and fresh and natural coffees and teas.
Raíz Sustainability®, S&D’s sustainable sourcing platform for coffee and tea is an inclusive approach providing smallholder farmers with immediate access to training and technical assistance to help adopt best practices in agriculture and business management.
The Raíz platform addresses social, environmental and economic industry issues including fair labor practices, soil health, productivity and cost management.
While Raíz Sustainability® concentrates on our farming partners abroad, S&D also assists ambitious U.S. farmers facing obstacles to access viable farmland. Located near S&D headquarters in Concord, N.C., the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm is a certified organic operation that helps fledgling farmers gain access to land and equipment to start their own farm businesses. Lomax is both a training ground for these farmers and a source of locally grown and certified organic produce.
S&D supports this worthy initiative through contributions applied to Lomax Farm’s Farmers-In-Training Program and general operational costs such as tractor repair and soil testing. We also donate compostable waste from our coffee production, such as spent coffee grounds from our extracts facility repurposed for soil enrichment, and burlap sacks from green bean storage used for erosion control.
S&D Coffee and Tea is proud to purchase certified green coffees and its facilities are audited and approved to manufacture certified products including the following certifications:
FAIR TRADE USA
The coffee products with this certification indicate the coffee has been produced using sustainable agricultural and labor practices. These include wildlife protection, water conservation, community relations, and occupational safety.
The coffee products with this certification are grown under a set of environmental best practices, including no artificial fertilizers or pesticides, plenty of native habitat and wide buffer zones.
Buying products with the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal helps support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the conservation of natural resources and the protection of wildlife and the environment.