Sustainable Harvest has acquired the Twin Trading team and assumed management of its extensive supplier and customer relationships.
Matt Earlam, former head of Twin Trading, which appointed administrators in October 2019, will lead UK and European operations for Sustainable Harvest.
“Twin was an inspiration for me when founding Sustainable Harvest and it will be an absolute honour to serve Twin’s customers,” said David Griswold (shown here), Founder and CEO of Sustainable Harvest. “We are committed to maintaining Twin’s spirit and I have no doubt that together we will dream up new ways to use coffee to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.”
Formed in 1985, Twin revolutionized the approach to trade in favour of smallholder producers, laying down the principles of Fair Trade and pioneering ethical and transparent supply chains in coffee, nuts, and cocoa.
“Upon news of Twin’s closure, the leadership team at Sustainable Harvest felt a responsibility to preserve the longstanding relationships between loyal, invested customers and producer groups in East Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia,” Sustainable Harvest said.
“The deal will allow the former Twin Trading team to continue their work and will enable Sustainable Harvest to open a London office to better serve European customers.”
The US-based company said that, over the past three years, Twin Trading had demonstrated “exceptional commercial viability” with increasing volumes from specialty producers around the world, in addition to building strong relationships with emerging producer groups and offering customers coffee from rising origins like DR Congo and Burundi.
“Sustainable Harvest fully embodies the ethos of Twin,” said Mr Earlam, “while providing the global platform, experience, and tools that our staff need to continue building a brighter future for all in the coffee world. We are pleased to resume full service for all of our partners with a renewed energy.”
“In this new chapter, we integrate immense talent and history as we combine forces to champion sustainable sourcing models and certifications that provide dignified livelihoods for farm families at the foundation of the coffee industry,” Mr Griswold said.