Helping consumers "know who grows" their coffee: The case of THRIVE farmers coffee

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Michael Jones is the CEO of THRIVE Farmers Coffee. THRIVE Farmers International is a socially-oriented start-up with a new model for the coffee supply chain. The traditional supply chain for coffee is often criticized as being exploitative of farmers and the environment. The THRIVE system allows farmers to own their product further along the supply chain. Thus, the farmers function like a vertically integrated operation, selling a high-value product and retain the corresponding profit margins-5 to 10 times what they would get in traditional markets. As a result, the THRIVE model connects farmers and consumers directly. THRIVE offers customers the value of "knowing who grows" their high quality coffee. In consideration of its value proposition and social goals, how does Michael grow THRIVE? This case is a teaching case suitable for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course in marketing or strategy © 2013 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, NLW; Wilson, A; Whitttingham, K

Published Date

  • September 17, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 177 - 194

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1559-2448

Citation Source

  • Scopus