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Brewing Things Differently – Sustainable Sugar Sourcing

Brewing Things Differently – Sustainable Sugar Sourcing

Sustainable sourcing never tasted so sweet!

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September 16, 2021

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Holly Cosby

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Tea, SCOBY, Sugar. These are the 3 magic ingredients when it comes to making kombucha, so understandably, their quality matters. Equally important to their quality is their story. How did this ingredient find its way to our door? Buchi prioritizes using our buying power as a conduit of change - keeping the full supply chain in mind. So let’s start with the sweet stuff: Cane Sugar!


All Kombucha is made with sugar. Sugar is what fuels fermentation, and most is absorbed during the fermentation process. Buchi believes in using simple, whole ingredients to make the most well-rounded, delicious, and quality Kombucha. The amount of sugar in Buchi kombucha is equal to or less than most of the leading national brands. While other top brands have had to adjust their labels after class action lawsuits relating to under-reporting sugars, we've never had that issue. We believe in transparency, and report them all. We have confirmed through random testing that our sugar levels are industry standard. 


The sugar industry isn’t as sweet as it sounds. By and large, domestic sugar is incredibly processed and genetically modified. Currently, the US is the only country with no domestic resource that provides non-GMO, organic sugar. Can you believe that?!


At Buchi, we believe that everything is interconnected and are very mindful of our footprint, especially when it comes to sourcing. Since non-gmo, organic sugar isn’t available in the US, it was incredibly important that our source be meaningful, and of course, environmentally responsible. This is why we are immensely proud to work with Global Organics as our high quality, organic sugar source. Global Organics checked every one of our boxes - they have a closed-loop sugarcane process that puts the focus on maintaining a healthy ecosystem, rather than maintaining a healthy crop; their sugarcane growth, production and shipping to the US is 100% carbon neutral; and they are committed to advancing their social and economic impact through programs that improve the quality of life of their employees and community. 


“For more than 20 years, Global Organics has proudly partnered with the Native Green Cane Project in Brazil – the largest sustainable agriculture project in the world. 


Today, the Green Cane Project farms close to 20,000 hectares (49,421 acres) of certified organic cane fields, and the results have been incredible:

  • 100% Carbon Neutral – from the fields to our warehouses in North America and Europe
  • Cogeneration alone saves over 25,000 metric tons of CO2 saved per year
  • Increased yields vs. conventional cane fields
  • Higher resistance to drought and pest damage
  • 23 times the biodiversity of conventional fields, including many rare species
  • Many cutting-edge labor and social programs for employees and the community”

Through the Native Green Cane Project, Global Organics is proving that it CAN be done: By being intentional and deeply engaged, large-scale agriculture can truly be sustainable! So next time you are sipping on your favorite Buchi beverage, take a moment and consider the source - and feel good about where your booch comes from!

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Sustainability Champions

Interview with Leonito Balbo, Executive VP of Native – Where agriculture and environment meet