Staff Reporter. Carmien Tea is proud to be in association and partnership with Bergendal – the first UTZ certified Rooibos producer and processor. Mientjie Mouton, Managing Director of Carmien Tea says: "Our greatest appreciation goes to a most trustworthy and ethical partner. Since the inception of Carmien Tea, Bergendal became one of Carmien Tea’s key primary Rooibos producers, becoming -
- Fairtrade certified by FLOCert in 2004,
- Organic certified in 2005, and also
- Receiving other quality certifications like GlobalGap, Nature’s Choice and BRC.
This professional farming and processing operation is a true ambassador for UTZ, fulfilling the pledge of giving customers the assurance of GOOD INSIDE, quality products, GROWN WITH CARE for people and the environment."
UTZ CERTIFIED is a sustainability program. It trains farmers how to produce professionally and sustainably, improving their quality of life, environment and products. UTZ means ‘good’ in the Mayan language Quiché. The UTZ CERTIFIED program trains farmers to become better businessmen. The results: better and constant product quality and yield, less costs and lower environmental impact, plus improved livelihoods. Sustainably grown and traceable products provide a better market position for farmers. This professional farming gives you the assurance of ‘good inside’ quality products, grown with care for people and the environment.
The process of caring for people and conserving the environment already started at Bergendal a generation ago and the positive long term effect of investing in such integrated good farming and social responsible practices, certainly are paying off today; not only by growing quality product, but also continuously investing in people … guiding them to become the best in what they do and who they are, truthfully unlocking the value chain for all involved and for generations to come.
Congratulations from Carmien Tea to the Bergendal Team – you make us all very proud!