Palma de Majorca, 2 November 2017

RIU introduces 120 tonnes of coffee from sustainable farms per year in its hotels

  • The 48 RIU hotels in Europe, Africa and Asia will offer coffee certified by the Rainforest Alliance

RIU Hotels & Resorts has taken another step towards the sustainable development of the company by introducing coffee that carries the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal in its 48 hotels in Europe, Africa and Asia. This coffee is cultivated in a sustainable way in order to benefit the families that live on the farms, as well as the wildlife and the local environment.

This initiative was taken by the RIU Hotels purchasing department jointly with the supplier Emicela to support sustainable development in the tourism industry. As a result, in just one year, guests at RIU hotels in Europe, Africa and Asia will consume a total of 120 tonnes of coffee sourced from farms certified by Rainforest Alliance that use sustainable practices. These farms meet comprehensive standards of sustainable agriculture that protect the environment and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities.

The certified coffee is already available at the hotels in the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Portugal, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. In the future, RIU hopes to continue adopting this and other sustainable products at all its hotels around the world.

Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organisation that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use and business practises and consumer behaviour. The Rainforest Alliance certification was designed to protect vulnerable ecosystems and communities worldwide. To do so, it works with farmers, foresters and tourism operators, companies and consumers that are aware of the importance of conserving forested areas all over the planet. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

About RIU

The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation. The company specialises in holiday resorts and over 70% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 92 hotels in 19 countries which welcome over 4 million guests a year and provide jobs for a total of 28,894 employees. RIU is currently the world's 34th ranked chain, one of the Caribbean's most popular, the third largest in Spain in terms of revenue and the fourth largest in number of rooms.

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