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2 October 2019 All / Organic World / Sostenibilità / Tips & Infos

A sustainable Prosecco thanks to the sugar of Altromercato.

Sugar of Altromercato

 

Perlage’ production chain become even more sustainable. Starting from the beginning of 2019, we introduced Altromercato sugar cane in the production of two core Proseccos: QUORUM Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry and GENESIS Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Brut.

Why did we choose precisely Altromercato?

CTM Altromercato is the main Italian organization in the field of fair trade. It is a trustworthy reality that is actually active in 50 Countries in the world by partnership established with more than 170 producers.

CTM Altromercato is also a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, an international institution that gather worldwide fair trade organizations, engaging producers, importers and distributors. It defines common standards for the different fair trade organizations.

This association is an expert in the field of sugar cane and especially of those types that could be considered rare or special. It developed a kind of sugar especially thought for Our prosecco production. This sugar is organic and sustainable, it has also an added value in terms of production process because it cares about producers health. But how? Respecting producers rights, supporting them improving production quality, competences, efficiency, reducing the use of resources (like water and fuels) and supporting the community with schools, health structures, social projects and financial services.

Sugar is one of the main ingredient for prosecco and now its production is for the major part non- European and tightly tied with the sugar cane culture. This cultivation becomes one of the agricultural product with the highest rate in terms of environment and producers exploitation.

 

Unfortunately, in the production countries we found some serious criticalities:

  • The sugar cane cultivation has a negative environment impact due to the use of high quantity of chemical products as pesticides, water waste and the bad practice of burning the plants waste.
  • International associations report cases of children exploitation in the sugar cane industry, working in dangerous situation (using machete or pesticides), taking away from school and robbing of their rights.
  • In the sugar cane industry, as in others intensive cultivation, market prices hardly cover production costs.
  • Moreover, in the way not to lose sugar content, it has to pass a short time between the picking and the working process. This particular production need causes an “addiction” situation between the workers and the sugar factory, this happens especially in the small communities.
  • Small producers’ embedding with big factories is very common in the sugar cane production places, because estates usually work in a supremacy position.

 

Perlage chose absolutely not to support all these bad practices. Our company stands for sustainability and transparency, we want an ethic and traceable supplier chain, sustainable and fair for the community, both in our country and in the rest of the world. Strengthen company social responsibility (CRS) is always been a Perlage’s goal.

 

Cases like this of the sugar cane industry, should help to think about the fact that purchasing behavior should be aware: simply gesture and choices of everyday life can really make the difference.

 

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