In Santo Antônio da Grama, in Minas Gerais states, an entity called Sabores do Grama was created with a union of small producers. Today, candy makers have an industrial kitchen, are technically trained, and started entering the regional and national market.
The program was extended to two more towns of Minas Gerais state: Tombos and Pedra Bonita, both with a coffee tradition. In these cities, partnerships were established between groups of coffee producers and Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES), from an existing partnership between the Camargo Corrêa Institute and BNDES.
Through this agreement, farmers were trained and received investments for the construction of sheds, purchase of equipment and standardization of quality, therefore increasing production and revenues.