Reily Foods Company

Sustainable Sourcing

We’ve built a century of success on sourcing high-quality ingredients, but consumers today want to know more about ingredient sources and sustainability profiles. We’re investing in efforts that not only increase traceability of ingredients and reduce the environmental “footprints” of our products, but also support the long-term well-being of the people and places that sustain our business.

Reily Commodities Manager and Q Grade Cupper Brunilda Iljazi at a Nicaraguan school that is participating in Reily Company’s
Sustainable Cup program.

Coffee

Our raw ingredient sourcing team works hard to find the best quality coffee, purchasing from organizations that ensure it is grown using responsible labor and farming practices. We also support community investments and sustainable production best practices, including soil health, water and energy management and yield improvement.

Giving Coffee Farmers a LIFT

In partnership with Mercon’s LIFT program, we provide ongoing support to a cluster of coffee farmers in the Lempira region of Honduras. The LIFT Program is an integrated system of service tools including: training and technical assistance on best agricultural practices, farm business management, climate smart agriculture, access to loans and community development. Reily has also committed to purchase the green beans grown by these farmers.

Seeding a Sustainable Future

Coffee farmers in remote regions of the world struggle with drought, disease and pests, causing high risk of crop loss.

SOLUTION: Through our Sustainable Cup Project, we’re investing in the future of coffee. Our coffee seedling program focuses on Nicaragua and Honduras, two coffee growing countries with high risk of crop loss due to climate-related environmental changes. Sustainable Cup established hybrid coffee plant seedling nurseries and makes the plants available to smallholder farmers in the region along with technical assistance. The new trees are higher yielding and more disease- and drought resistant. Since 2018, the program renovated 440,000 coffee trees annually in Nicaragua and Honduras with each tree expected to yield an increase of up to 60% in productivity.

Coffee Buyer and Q Grade Cupper Mark Woods tastes samples at the cupping table.

“By investing in livelihoods, education, and sustainable agriculture, we are acting
on our commitment to the highest quality products and quality of life in our coffee growing communities.”

BRUNILDA ILJAZI
REILY COMMODITIES MANAGER & Q GRADE CUPPER

Our 2025 goal: Increase traceability and sustainability programs for coffee, prioritizing farm-level renovation and yield improvement

Our Progress

  • In 2018, launched the Sustainable Cup Project, Reily’s coffee sustainability program
  • Actively supported sustainable coffee partnerships and initiatives
  • Ongoing commitment to explore options to increase traceability in our coffee supply
  • Joined and made commitments to the Sustainable Coffee Challenge in 2020

Tea

Our iconic Luzianne Tea brand is known for sourcing premium tea leaves from five continents, but what’s less widely known is that we’ve long taken an aggressive approach to social responsibility. For over two decades we’ve implemented a fair price structure with importers and suppliers at origin. More recently we’ve engaged third-party organizations including the Rainforest Alliance to verify the responsible production of our raw tea supply.

Reily Tea Master Malcom Shalders tastes samples at the cupping table.

Our 2025 goal: 50% of tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms

Our Progress

  • Fair price structure has been in place with importers and suppliers at origin for 20+ years
  • 10% of current caffeinated tea supply is from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms
  • Committed to have 30% of our tea supply from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in 2021

 


Eggs

Reily Foods is committed to the humane treatment of animals in our supply chain. Our suppliers are required to hold FACTA third-party verified animal welfare certification, which does not allow animal abuse and sets standards for basic animal welfare. We are working with our consumers and suppliers to explore further options.

Our 2025 goal: 100% of eggs sourced from suppliers with industry leading animal welfare and care standards

Our Progress

  • 100% of egg supply is FACTA certified

 


Soybeans

We require that our soybean oil be sourced from the U.S., thereby mitigating risk of deforestation, ensuring agricultural worker rights, and reducing transportation-related GHG emissions. We continue to work with suppliers to optimize fertilizer and pesticide use and reduce soil erosion.

Our 2025 goal: Establish soybean oil sustainable sourcing priorities for domestic supply chain

Our Progress

  • 100% of our soybean oil is now traced to its specific region of origin in the U.S.