We prefer to purchase goods that come from associations. Association goods originate from organic farmers that are affiliated with growers’ associations such as Demeter, Naturland and Bioland.
The certification requirements for organic associations go beyond the criteria of the EU Eco Ordinance with regard to the use of fertilizers, recycling management and the humane treatment of animals.
Only when we receive association goods all year round for a product will we write that on its packaging, such as with Demeter Plantagen Kaffee (plantation coffee). This way, we can prevent having to change the packaging several times over the course of a year: one version with the association good claim, one version without. Packaging changes are complex to deal with. They cause unnecessary warehousing and production costs that we do not want to pass on to our customers. To simplify matters, we also waive the claim about association goods contained within products for the majority of our tea and spice mixtures.