Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Awe Sum Organics has collected $450,000 in fair trade premiums under the Fair for Life certification of Switzerland-based Institute for Marketecology.
Collection began in March 2012, according to the company. The funds benefit education and healthcare in the communities where fruit is grown and packed.
Awe Sum Organics imports organic apples, pears, kiwifruit, blueberries and grapes. Fair for Life program criteria include fair wages, good working conditions and sustainable practices.