Deliciously sweet pineapple from Ugandan farmers
As a social business committed to supporting smallholder farmers in Africa; wherever we can, we source our ingredients from small-scale African producers. The pineapple in our Baobab Raw Energy Bars is sourced from Fruit of the Nile (FON), A Ugandan Fair Trade dried fruit company that works with over 140 small-scale producers in Uganda to produce naturally dried fruit.
FON buys fairtrade organic sun dried pineapple and banana from small-scale farmers in Southern and Central Uganda who together form the Fruits of the Nile Growers Association. FONA has about 700 members, about a third of whom are pineapple farmers. About a tenth of the farmers also run small businesses solar-drying their fresh fruits. The farmers group sell their solar dried fruits to Fruits of the Nile who grade and pack all fruit ready for export at their purpose built factory in Njeru, near the mouth of the River Nile.
FON have been popularising solar drying amongst farmers, buying their produce and exporting since 1992. FON believes that solar drying is an affordable way for farmers to preserve their fruits, and add value to them. In addition, solar drying has minimal environmental impact using renewable energy, retaining waste at the point where it is grown and minimising transport costs by transporting fruit only when it has been dried. The fruits are 100% natural dried fruits, produced without any added preservatives or added sugars.
The producers working with FON can earn up to US$2,000 per year, about half of which is profit (twice the salary of a teacher). Farmers earn about US$100 per year from selling fruit to producers. Estimates suggest a total of 1,400 people and their wider families are benefiting directly from the project as employment prospects improve and volumes grow.
FON pineapple is made from Smooth Cayenne Pineapple, and has a characteristic zingy sweet flavour which compliments the naturally sweet and citrussy taste of our baobab perfectly.