Ramborn Cider Co. has become the first cidery in Europe – and the first food and drinks producer in Luxembourg – to achieve Certified B Corporation® status.
Certified B Corporations® (B CorpsTM) are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. By attaining certification as a B Corp, Ramborn joins a global movement alongside the likes of Ben & Jerry’s, Innocent Drinks, and Patagonia. As of 2020, there are more than 3,300 B Corps in 150 industries and 71 countries around the world.
Carlo Hein – Ramborn’s founder and chairman – started the company in 2016 with the idea of making cider and perry to help revive the region’s traditional meadow orchards, which he had noticed were falling into disrepair.
“Every day we discover more value in these trees, the possibilities afforded by their precious fruit, and the endlessly rich habitat they provide to thousands of species.”
Since Ramborn started, they have protected and revived 954,679 m2 of richly biodiverse habitat for over 5,000 species. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical need to protect biodiversity, with the UN1 and WHO2 both identify biodiversity as a key component of both global recovery from COVID-19 and prevention and mitigation of future pandemics.
Hein continues: “We continue to uncover the damage caused by neglecting traditional meadow orchards, the devastating loss of biodiversity caused by a global shift towards industrial fruit sources, and the catastrophic cost of business as usual in our industry. This also highlights the importance of acting local: working with our own community and local economy, with the aim of having a positive social, economic, and environmental impact on in our immediate surroundings.”
Over the last 100 years there has been a decline of 90% in the number of such trees in the region, from 1.2 million to 120,000. Ramborn’s work has removed 31,000 Kg net of CO2 from the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to about 17.5 g per bottle, making it a carbon negative product.
More information: www.ramborn.com