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August, 2019

No 33

YTD Colombian coffee production grows 5.4%

• Results confirm the importance of keeping coffee plantations renewed. Coffee exports grow 9.5% so far this year.

July, 2019

No 33

FNC pioneers obtaining rights over varieties developed by Cenicafé

• To protect collective equity of Colombian coffee growers, with a process that began in 2013, it is the first time an institution in the world obtains rights over 10 progenies of the Castillo® variety.

July, 2019

No 33

Final Declaration of the Participants of the Second World Coffee Producers Forum

In the city of Campinas, Brazil, on July 10 and 11, 2019, the second forum of coffee-producing countries was held, and considering:

July, 2019

No 33

FNC CEO asks for remunerative prices for coffee producers

• At the Second World Coffee Producers Forum. He suggested that the industry pay at least USD 2/lb of coffee to producers. The coffee leader brought to this important forum the proposal that he has been leading in different spaces for the benefit of producers in Colombia and the world.
• Vélez proposed creating a chain of custody of the price paid for coffee so that a decent proportion effectively reaches producers and does not remain in the chain.
• The FNC CEO also suggested that producing countries capture more value from the chain through the creation, for example, of a coffee seal “roasted at origin” issued by those who process coffee before exporting it.

July, 2019

No 33

Jeffrey D. Sachs proposes to create a World Coffee Fund to finance sustainability of farmers

• At the opening of the Second World Coffee Producers Forum. Current and foreseeable conditions of the industry, including the low price crisis, require a joint effort from the main industry players, in coordination with governments, to invest in sustainability of producers.
• During his speech Professor Sachs said he is concerned about concentration of coffee production in two countries (Brazil and Vietnam), something he described as very bad for the entire chain.

June, 2019

No 33

Brazil and Colombia consolidate alliance to guarantee income of coffee growers

• The world’s largest arabica producers plan joint actions to reverse the coffee price crisis, details of which will be presented at the II World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF).

May, 2019

No 33

With the FNC’s support, Nespresso launches program Reviving Origins in Caquetá

In order to recover excellent-quality coffee production.

April, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee reaches $54/lb in first auction abroad

Committed to the highest cup quality, even with a sound training in cupping, more and more coffee growers produce exceptional coffee for which international customers are willing to pay a better price.

April, 2019

No 33

Coffee growers of Caldas, Antioquia, Cauca & Tolima win 4th Colombia, Land of Diversity contest

• Their work and commitment to quality were rewarded. “This competition becomes more relevant at this time, as it generates more income to coffee growers and highlights the call that the institution has made to all market players to recognize the work and quality of Colombian coffee,” Juan Camilo Ramos, the FNC Chief Commercial Officer, said.

• The winners in each category received COP 25 million (USD 7,980) for their coffee and the opportunity to take it to the international live auction to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on next April 13.

April, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee production falls 12% in March and 4.4% in coffee year

•  In April, harvesting will begin in Cauca, Nariño, Cundinamarca, Huila, Valle, Tolima and Norte de Santander.

March, 2019

No 33

FNC & Café de Colombia attract new customers and important allies in Europe

Promotion of Colombian coffee in such important events as ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, in Germany, and its incorporation into the menu of El Corte Inglés restaurants are some of the relevant actions in this market.

March, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee production rises 2.5% in first two months of the year

• In February, coffee exports rise 14.4%. This good joint performance offset a slight fall of 8.7% in February.

February, 2019

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The FNC redoubles efforts to increase profitability of Colombian coffee growers

• In Colombia, these efforts will focus on increasing productivity of coffee plantations, reducing production costs and raising domestic coffee consumption.

• Production for the first half is estimated at 5.89 to 6.37 million bags, for an annual harvest that would border on 14 million bags.

• The FNC CEO, Roberto Vélez, announced the possibility that Colombian coffee stop trading on the NYSE, as current prices do not reflect the reality and quality of Colombian coffee and are not sustainable for producers.

• The search for co-responsibility of actors throughout the value chain is still a priority, a topic to be addressed in meetings with the industry next week in Atlanta, the ICO Council in late March in Kenya, and the World Coffee Producers Forum in July in Brazil.

February, 2019

No 33

Auction of the 4th ‘Colombia, Land of Diversity’ competition to be held in Boston

On April 13, as part of the Specialty Coffee Expo. In total, 684 coffee lots were registered, from 16 departments, at the close of the call on January 31.

February, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee production rises 14.6% in January

Higher volume, coinciding with harvest peak, contributed to this rise. Exports in the same month rose 14.3% compared to January 2018.

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