SOURCE: Youngevity International, Inc.

Youngevity International, Inc.

May 02, 2016 08:30 ET

CLR Roasters, LLC and Wholly Owned Subsidiary Siles Family Plantation Group Obtains Fair Trade Organic Recertification

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com), a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically-integrated producer of gourmet coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels, announced that Siles Plantation Family group's properties have been recertified as Fair Trade, Organic, for 2016. This combined with our certifications for Rainforest, Bird Friendly, and UTZ distinguishes us from the many other coffee producers in Central America.

"This milestone was reached by the efforts of many hard working people. The requirements to achieve the Fair Trade Organic Certification were significant and included a community redevelopment project that provided brand new living facilities for all the families that work on the plantations. It was an inclusive team effort to garner all of these prestigious certifications which distinguish us from the many other coffee producers," said Marisol Siles, Executive Director of Operations at the Siles Family Plantation in Nicaragua.

Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity stated, "We have met the stringent requirements of Fair Trade Organic on our plantations, within our Nicaragua based green coffee processing plant and at our CLR Roasters plant located in Miami. We believe this provides a significant competitive advantage in the market place. We are extremely proud, thanks to our partnership with Fair Trade USA, of the environment we have been able to provide for the families that live and work on our properties. The relationship with Fair Trade combined with the support of the Youngevity Be the Change Foundation has created a comfortable, safe and sustainable environment that we feel is second to none in Nicaragua. We challenge other owners to emulate our model."

"The Siles Family Plantation Group is committed to producing the best coffee according to the standards set by the sustainable agriculture network. These standards strengthen the productive, social and business development of Siles Family Plantation Group with an outstanding product at the national and international level. At the same time, these standards, ensure the sustainability of coffee growing that supports the social development of workers and communities in the surrounding areas said," Marisol Siles.

Through our Fair Trade certification, Siles Plantation is responsible for ensuring the welfare of all the workers by meeting the requirements of Fair Trade USA, the national legislation and international labor agreements. Our properties are committed to provide Fair Treatment, good living conditions, health, occupational safety for workers and the maintenance of positive relations with the local community and neighboring communities.

"We are very proud of the work that has gone into the recertification and the new certifications that we attained in 2016. This underscores the level of commitment we have towards our properties in Nicaragua as we continue to grow some of the best organic coffees in the world," said Ernesto Aguila, President of CLR Roasters.

About Youngevity International, Inc.:
Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com) is a fast-growing, innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person-to-person selling relationships that comprise a "network of networks." The Company also is a vertically-integrated producer of the finest coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels. The Company was formed after the merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences (www.Youngevity.com) and Javalution Coffee Company in the summer of 2011, and changed its name to Youngevity International Inc. from AL International, Inc. in July 2013. For more information, visit www.YGYI.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Youngevity or follow us on Twitter @youngevity https://twitter.com/youngevity

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