Fairtrade Canada uses the international logo, as do we. Products bearing the Fairtrade International logo have been independently certified as fair trade, assuring customers that producers and workers have been fairly compensated. Producers are also required to meet certain criteria, which include sustainable practices, labour standards, and democratic involvement.
Organic foods are grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones. Canterbury Coffee has received organic certification from TCO Cert, a not-for-profit fully accredited Canadian certifying body. To maintain this certification, stringent quality control measures are in place to ensure that no cross-contamination occurs between organic and non-organic coffee production. This starts at our roastery, with the segregation of incoming organic green coffee from regular green coffee. Then, during the production process, strict procedures for purging must be followed between coffee changeovers.
The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) has certified that our roasting facilities are Halal approved. All of our coffees are permitted for consumption by Muslims, with the exception of our flavoured coffees. When our customers see the Halal logo on our packaging, they can be certain they’re buying quality products that are Halal approved.
Serving the North American Jewish community, the Orthodox Union inspects and certifies that our roasting facilities and all the green beans roasted for our coffees comply with the laws defined in Jewish customs and traditions – making them suitable for kosher diets.
We are also certified by BC Kosher, which is more recognized in BC than the national kosher symbol. This means our Western Canada plant has been certified kosher by the BC rabbinical council.