CADO logo, featuring organic sugarcane against a blue sky















Organic Certification

The organic certification for CADO's alcohol is from BCS Öko Garantie GmbH, a world-respected organic certifier based in Germany.  Ecuador now has its own organic certification standards, and companies here can choose any internationally-accepted organic certifier to assess them against Ecuadorian standards.
CADO was certified organic as a producer group for the first time in 2005 and maintains its organic certification with BCS Öko Garantie GmbH, complying with organic standards for Europe and the USA under the norms and rules of USDA/NOP (CE) n⁰ 834/2007 and (CE) n⁰ 889/2008.  (Note: our organic certification has temporarily expired, since March 2016, due to logistical challenges, but the recertification inspection is planned for February 2017).  We also have organic certification against the Ecuadorian standards.  BCS is a German organic certifier which is accredited in Ecuador and recognised as one of the pioneers in control systems for processes certified under these organic regulations.
The farmers' awareness of environmental issues, developed in this area by CRACYP, the NGO behind CADO, is very important, but the organic certifiers also evaluate many other things.  The records kept by producers, waste management, the number of trees per hectare, the presence of other plants (e.g. beans) to maintain soil quality, and the quantity and quality of water used in distillation are all parameters taken into consideration in the certification process.
Organic certification includes not only organic cultivation of the sugarcane but also the processing of the finished product.  After the alcohol leaves CADO's farms, all aspects of processing it into pure alcohol for perfumes, or mixing it with other quality ingredients for liqueurs, also have to comply with organic regulations.  CADO works closely with suppliers to ensure that all processes and ingredients are of high quality and suitable for organic certification.
Farming without agro-chemicals is traditional in this area, but organic certification involves much more than just chemical-free cultivation.  The NGO CRACYP helped the farmers with training in record-keeping, land management and other aspects of organic farming, and facilitated access to other development institutions who offered support before and during the long organic certification process.
CADO's farmers are not resting on their laurels - organic certification has to be renewed each year, so they are constantly seeking to improve the organic management of their sugar cane plantations.  As CADO grows, new members must already have converted to organic farming and meet the requirements for certification.
Respect for the environment and for workers' health are important components of fair trade certification, so complying with the requirements for organic certification helps CADO's farmers to also operate on a fair trade basis.   Importantly in this area of extreme poverty, as well as preserving the land for future generations, CADO's farming families are earning a better price for their alcohol thanks to organic certification.


Organic Certification for CADO's alcohol, ethanol, unrefined sugar, liqueurs and other products -
our products and processes are certified organic by the world-respected BCS Öko-Garantie of Germany.
CRACYP logo - a tree
BCS Öko-Garantie logo
Certified organic sugar cane
Making sure the technology meets organic certification standards
Training for sugar cane farmers for organic certification
Burning cane waste as fuel to distill organic alcohol
Organic certification led to a bigger cheque for this alcohol producer