22 April 2022

Conservación Y Desarrollo (C&D) Certified S.A. joins Kiwa

Kiwa added Conservación Y Desarrollo (C&D) Certified S.A. to the Kiwa Group. C&D, located in Quito, Ecuador, strengthens Kiwa’s Food, Feed, Farm services, including Rainforest Alliance certification, in the Latin American region and globally.

C&D Certified S.A. is a leading independent certification company active in Food, Feed & Farm certification, including organic, in Latin America. As a shareholder, Kiwa is investing in C&D’s growth as a new member of the Kiwa Group. The companies will collaborate to advance their positioning and reach, both in the region and globally.

C&D is accredited for the Rainforest Alliance certification scheme for both Farms and Chain of Custody (CoC). Within Kiwa, this asset will be available for customers around the world. Kiwa can now offer a full package of Food, Feed & Farm related certification schemes including Rainforest Alliance, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC 22000, IFS and ISO standards, and many local schemes.


Mauricio Ferro Rettig, General Manager of C&D, said: “We are delighted to join the Kiwa Group. Kiwa shares the same business model and customer-first business values in Testing, Inspection and Certification. C&D is well-known for providing specialist Food, Feed & Farm services in Ecuador and surrounding countries. As a part of the Kiwa family, we can use Kiwa’s global business network and expertise and C&D’s expert knowledge and colleagues to bring our certification schemes, knowhow and quality to a far wider audience.”

Paul Hesselink, CEO of Kiwa, said: “Kiwa already has a strong footprint in the Food, Feed & Farm sector in Latin America and increasingly in Europe. With C&D, we can significantly expand our reach, expertise and footprint, particularly in the Latin-American region but with a global perspective. Now that we have welcomed C&D to the Kiwa family, we can even better provide our customers a one-stop shop for certification services. The addition ensures a sustainable future for all of us.”

About C&D

Conservación y Desarrollo (C&D) Certified is a non-governmental organization with a social and environmental purpose. Since its constitution, it has worked to promote respect for life and sustainable development through the rational use of natural resources, generating public awareness of their proper use. Expert services to reach C&D’s purpose include international and local certification schemes, ranging from Rainforest Alliance and Smartplanet to Flor Ecuador and Carbono Cero. C&D is located in Quito, Ecuador, and employs 22 experts.