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WHAT DO WE DO ?

We make Palm Sugar.  But we do a lot more than that.  Our Bengal Palm Sugar ( khejurgur ) is the only certified khejurgur in India, and possibly, in the world.

WHAT IS PALM SUGAR ?

Palm Trees that you see in idyllic beach photos come in many different types.  The sap of some palm trees is especially high in sugar and is especially delicious.  This has been known for centuries, and so certain species of palm are tapped for their sap ( like maple trees are tapped in Canada etc ).  The clear sap is boiled down to produce 'palm sugar'.  That's what we do !


WHAT IS RAW OR UNREFINED SUGAR ?

When you take the pure sap of palm trees ( or sugar cane, or maple trees ), and you boil it down, the result is a BROWN or BLACK-BROWN product that is called 'raw' or 'unrefined' sugar.

WHY BUY PALM SUGAR ?

  1. REASON ONE : 

  2. It tastes GREAT !


  3. REASON TWO : 

  4. There are HEALTH benefits WHEN palm sugar is taken in moderation and / or in keeping with the principles / prescription of an ayurvedic physician.  The benefits are associated with its 'raw' and 'unrefined' qualities.


  5. REASON THREE : 

  6. Because it's not all about ME.

  7. There are TEN reasons why you have to buy our palm sugars.  It's the ten reasons why we are SPECIAL.  We estimate that within 3 years we will be directly and significantly improving the lives of 10,000 people and that we will be setting a kindness standard for the palm sugar industry in INDIA, and possibly worldwide.

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL :


  1. Bullet100% Pure and Traceable products

  2. BulletFairTrade for Farmers & Consumers

  3. BulletControl of production, processing, retailing

  4. BulletEcological & Sustainable Production

  5. BulletVillage 'adoption' scheme

  6. BulletTraining of tappers and workers

  7. BulletEmpowerment of women

  8. BulletAn extensive suite of benefits for all workers and their families

  9. BulletLong Term Planning for People and for the environment

  10. BulletPloughing back profits to make things even better



OUR VALUES :

Honesty

Transparency

Equality

Cooperation

Commitment


OUR VISION :

Sustainable Growth

Research & Development

Conservation of Sugar Palms

Continued Expansion of Scientific and Social Agendas


We have been in business since April 2015.  We are not FairTrade certified (yet), but we already provide fair wages and good conditions to around 50 workers that are not only 'fair', they are unknown in the palm industry, where middle-men generally control the prices and the supply, leaving tappers and their families with very meagre returns and no economic security from one tapping season to the next. 
This system encourages the admixing of cane sugar or other sugars to what is passed off as 'palm sugar', which commands a higher price than refined or unrefined cane sugar (jaggery).


The system as it exists today is entirely exploitative of people who have no other choice.  It's rough and folk have to make the best of it.  This is where we come in.  We do not currently own any palm trees or any land upon which the trees grow.  The tappers are free agents who tap the palms for their sugar-rich sap, and who are then free to sell it to an agent or a manufacturer. 

Within a single tapping season ( winter 2015-2016 ) we have established ourselves as honest, fair and reliable, and an increasing number of tappers are CHOOSING to come to us.  They bring the fresh sap directly to the processing units where their wives or other workers take care of the sugar production.

THE PROBLEM

THE SOLUTION