ATPI (Alter Trade Philippines Inc.), formerly ATC, got founded in 1987 by a network of NGOs in the context of the massive crisis that hit the island of Negros (the main sugarcane growing area in the Philippines) in the 1980s, after the collapse of the world sugar prices. In 1988 ATPI started exporting Mascobado whole cane sugar to European Fair Trade organizations. The subsequent conversion to organic production in 1995 allowed to expand the distribution of sugar in Europe, Asia and the US.
Today ATPI is a marketing organization working with 380 sugar cane farmers, organized in 10 associations. Moreover, ATPI is selling fresh bananas to Japan and Korea, working with more than 2400 banana farmers. The processing of the sugar cane takes place on site in ATPI’s own facilities, where more than 200 people are employed.