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Coffee-makers' huge profits leave a bitter taste

Author: Stathi Paxinos, The Age [Australia], Published on: 28 April 2003

Aid and fair trade organisations accuse the world's major coffee roasters of making huge profits out of impoverished growers in developing countries, whose returns are a fraction of retail prices. They say the price paid for green coffee is so low that desperate families cannot support themselves...Oxfam advocacy co-ordinator Jeff Atkinson said the world's major coffee makers - Kraft (Maxwell House, Jacobs), Procter and Gamble (Folgers), Sara Lee (Moccona) and, to a lesser extent, Nestle (Nescafe) - had done little to improve the growers' lot.

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Related companies: Altria Folgers (part of Procter & Gamble) Kraft Foods (now Kraft Heinz) Nestlé Procter & Gamble Sara Lee