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Mexico coffee farmers anger

Postby MKSwing » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:12 am

Hi there,
Here's a link to a french news paper article about mexican coffee farmers protesting against Nestlé.
http://www.liberation.fr/page.php?Article=195004&Template=GALERIE&Objet=21778

I imagine you would like a translation but I won't translate it all, just give you an idea of the subject...

Nestlé has some kind of monopoly on instant coffee production there due to the Alena free exchange agreement (Mexico, USA, Canada). Farmers are angry because they say Nestlé is not paying enough for the production and there is a too big difference between what's paid for good fresh coffee and less good instant coffee production. On an instant coffee, only 40% of the production must be from the same site, where in fresh coffee, it's 100%. So asian poor quality coffee is added to the 40%. Since several years, the price of poor quality coffees is dropping in latino american countries and climbing in countries like Vietnam.
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