placeZapopan, Mexico

Productos Selectos de Agave

  • sustainably run Mexican business, specialised in the production of agave syrup
  • processes the agave in its own factory
  • supplies certified-organic, fair-trade agave syrup directly to Oxfam
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Top-quality, fair-trade agave syrup from Mexico

The Mexican company PSA – short for Productos Selectos de Agave – exports fair-trade, organic agave syrup all over the world. Their headquarters are located in Zapopan, a town on the outskirts of Guadalajara in Central Mexico.

The company has complete control over its entire production chain. From the agave plantations to the processing facility and from the bottling facility to the export of the agave syrup. PSA also produces tequila, the typically Mexican spirit for which agave is the principal ingredient.

The heart of the agave

The producers of PSA are more than experienced: they have specialised in the cultivation of agave tequilana, also known as blue agave, for five generations. They are active in the region of Jiqualpan, a little to the south of where PSA’s headquarters are located. The soil, climate and altitude here are ideal for the agave plant’s development.

The blue agave grows on semi-dry land and requires no artificial irrigation. This makes agave syrup a valuable alternative to sugar: to grow enough sugar cane to produce 1 kg of sugar requires 42 times more water than is needed to produce 1 kg of syrup from agave.

Growing agave requires patience and dedication: it can only be harvested after five to seven years. The precision work involved in this is still carried out by traditional jimadores. With a coa de jima – a razor-sharp, round-ended knife – they remove the leaves and harvest the heart of the plant. This is then machine-pressed. The leaves are left in the field as nourishment for the following crop.

View the production process from agave plant to agave syrup:

Fair-trade and ecology go hand in hand

Although PSA was only certified (info in Dutch) by Fairtrade in 2017, it has been committed to the development of the community ever since it was founded, with a focus on equal opportunities and improved working conditions. PSA puts its employees and labourers first, investing in social development projects – such as schools and care institutions – in the communities surrounding the factory and agave fields.

Organic cultivation, quality assurance and eco-friendly practices are also firmly anchored in the organisation’s philosophy.

  • PSA’s processing facility provides its own energy, acquired via solar panels on the roof.
  • In production it actively minimises its use of water. Agave juice must be continually heated to produce syrup. This is done by a system of aluminium tubes through which hot water flows. Save for the water that evaporates, it’s always the same water – originating in its own water reservoir – that circulates through the pipes.
  • The agave fibres left over after pressing the agave hearts don’t go to waste, either. PSA has these recycled into paper, labels and cups.

We respect and value the hard work of our people. It’s a value that’s been held in our region since time immemorial. It’s second nature to us.

Productos Selectos de Agave & Oxfam

  • The Oxfam-Wereldwinkels Partner Committee, which thoroughly screens all producer partners, approved PSA in June 2020.
  • PSA now supplies the 100% natural, organic and fair-trade agave syrup for our own Oxfam Fair Trade brand. It’s also vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO.
  • Did you know: agave syrup has a high sweetening capacity, which means you need less than you might think to sweeten dishes. It also has a lower GI than table sugar. A worthy alternative to sugar, in other words!