UTZ Certified

UTZ certification was developed (in 1997) by the Coffee Company of Dutch retail giant Ahold with cooperation from Guatemalan coffee producers, and later became an independent foundation. UTZ Certified sees itself as a “partnership between coffee producers, distributors and roasters” whose mission is “to enable coffee producers and coffee brands to show their commitment to responsible coffee production in a credible, responsible and market-driven way”.


UTZ Certified covers both hired labor and smallholder production types in Africa, Latin America and Asia. UTZ Certified coffee is exported from 19 producing countries and Europe is by far the major market region.


In addition to food safety standards, the UTZ Certified standard covers a broad range of social and environmental requirements. UTZ Certified is benchmarked as equivalent to the EurepGAP standard of European retailers for food safety. Specific issues covered include soil management, appropriate use of fertilizers, hygienic procedures for harvesting, post harvest product handling, processing and storage, waste and pollution management, worker health safety and welfare, including worker rights in compliance with ILO conventions and national laws.


UTZ Certified coffee may benefit from a price premium, which depend largely on the quality of the product and the relationship between the buyer and the producer. In practice, producers have reported premiums that average between US$ 0.01 and US$ 0.12 over the last years.


For more information visit www.utzcertified.org