Dr. S. Ranaweera (Chairman)
Winner of the worlds' fairest fair-trader award, 2014
THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE
Established in 1993, we are a company devoted to sustainable, organic and fair trade way of life. Starting out as a family owned business based in Kandy, this company has grown to be one of the world leaders in biodynamic, organic and fair-trade agriculture. We have always believed in clean, agrochemically uncontaminated produce the way nature makes it. Even our fertilizer is certiﬁed organic, so that we can leave behind clean air, water and soil for all living things, present and future. In addition, from its very inception, Bio Foods also ensured fair trade standards to take care of our farmers from ﬂuctuating market prices and middle-man exploitation. This is what makes us leaders in modern sustainable agriculture. Due to his commitment towards this vision and ethical standing, the founder and the chairman of Bio Foods, Dr. Sarath Ranaweera, won the ﬁrst ever “World’s Fairest Fairtrader Award”, presented by the World Fairtrade Labelling Organization (FLO) in 2014. Now celebrating our 25th anniversary (2018), we are leading exporters of beautiful tea, spices and coconut products, with exciting plans to bring our truly organic way of life to more and more beautiful people.
THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL
In 2014, our chairman and founder, Dr. Sarath Ranaweera, received the “Fairest Fair-trader of the World” award at the first ever Fair Trade Awards (organized by FLO) held in Bonn, Germany. Selected from over 80 individuals, this award recognized special efforts or innovations by outstanding individuals within the global fair-trade system. In addition, the Marginalized Organic Producers’ Association (MOPA) that functions under the overall management of Bio Foods (and also founded by the chairman) was recognized as the best small Producer organization of the year 2014 in Asia at the ceremony. In the following year, the Small Organic Farmers Association (SOFA), also founded by our chairman, received the same award.
So how did he get here?