ORGANIC CANE SUGAR FROM PARAGUAY
Sourced from Montillo since 2001
Aside from being the key ingredient in our favorite sweet treats, sugar can be used for skin and is also one of nature’s best-kept beauty secrets. We source our Community Trade organic cane sugar from a region of the world fondly known as the world's ‘Cradle of Organic Sugar’, where local women use sugar to keep their hands soft as a part of their skincare routine. Our trade gives vital employment and stability to people living in rural communities in Paraguay. On average a farmer can cut 1 ton of cane a day, each one reaching heights of 10 feet.
Farmers hand-harvest and grind the cane to release the juice, which is boiled, reduced to syrup, then crystallised and sieved to produce the high-quality sugar for our products.
Montillo cooperative was formed in 1995 by 37 small-scale farmers and has now grown to over 400 members. By creating much-needed employment in rural areas, our trade encourages local people to stay in the community and keep traditions alive.
The fast-growing cane is grown organically. Harvesting the cane by hand, as well as using the leaves as fertiliser rather than harmful chemicals, helps to protect the local wildlife.