PROFIT SHARE: Rezpiral realizes a fair-trade practice in part by redirecting a part of profits back to producers at the end of the year (profits defined as total sales to distributors minus all project costs).

In 2020 profit share has evolved to 30% from the original 10% distributed yearly from 2017 to 2019. Currently, producers determine where these funds go.

Initially, in 2017, the profit share program was conceived as a means to supporting the following areas.

  • Land conservation and management
  • Supporting seeding practices and re-forestation
  • Promote land stewardship and advocacy for communal and local land control
  • Promotion of bio-diversity and preservation/propagation of endemic agave species
  • Supporting family-run and owned independent production

This practice has since evolved to understand the well-being & health of the family as equally important and integral and now allows families to fully determine the best destination & use of the funds.

2022 30% Profit Share declaration:

$18,421 or 30% of the post-cost profit of 2022 redistributed as a % correlated to each family’s part/contribution to the 7th Series of mezcales. Fund re-distribution and useage as follows

Simeon Ramirez 14% use: bathroom construction (local workers & material), purchase of agave from father, eye operation costs, costs of cleaning lands manually (no herbicide), partially enabling an ability to rest after operation

Berta Vasquez 24% use: investment via production of mezcal

Aureliano Hernández 12% use:

Abel Martínez 8% use:

Reina Sanchez 16% use: costs of fixing the truck, paying workers to manually clean 3 lands of madrecuish, pulquero and cuish agaves, economic support to a kindergarten (playground)

Familia de Christina & Tio Chico (RIP) 4% use:

Alejandrina & Nicolás Hernández 14% use: investment in planting Cuishe agaves grown & bought locally in Rio Seco

Luis Antonio 8% use: investment/purchase in new copper alambiques


2021 30% Profit Share declaration:

$19,651 USD // 401,877 MXP – redistribution break down

17% Berta Vasquez

12% Aureliano Hernández

16% Simeón Ramírez

20% Reina Sánchez

13% Alejandrina & Nicolas Hernández

7% Familia de Tio Chico & Christina

14% Leonardo

2020 30% Profit Share declaration:

February – Berta Vasquez, Aureliano Hernandez, Simeon Ramirez, Reina Sanchez: LIBRE (no reporting)

July Berta Vasquez: Family support, mezcal production.

July Aureliano Hernandez: Agrarian labor, personal expenses.

July Simeon Ramirez: Agrarian labor, agave transplanting and land clearing

July Reina Sanchez: Tractoring a piece of land.

2019 10% Profit Share declaration:

Dec. Aureliano Hernandez: Operating costs

Nov. Berta Vasquez: Labor to harvest maize, zacate, labor to clean a field of agave, and for personal expenses.

Nov. Reina Sanchez: Financing clearing of land for agave planting. Installation of a well, water pump, irrigation system, electrical infrastructure.

Nov. Simeon Ramirez: Concrete postings and barbed wire to secure a large parcel of land from theft. Improvements to palenque infrastructure/practice.

Apolonio/Simeon Ramirez: to rehabilitate part of the palenque and to continue planting agave

Berta Vasquez: towards household costs.

Leonardo Hernandez: to rescue local agave, and for the costs of labor

Reina Sanchez: to open/graze a piece of land to plant agave, and for other costs, to build another alambique oven and palenque roof

Aureliano Hernandez: to support costs of his new nursery

Abel Martinez: Towards the purchasing of equipment (pine fermentation vats) and costs in the palenque

2018 10% Profit Share declaration:

Apolonio/Simeon Ramirez: clean and prepare lands of San Agustin Amatengo for the transplanting of agaves (labor & transportation).

Berta Vasquez: 1/3 costs of improving roofing of her house, 1/3 for costs in the fields (costs of farming & agave), 1/3 for household costs.

Leonardo Hernandez: agave sustainability: 30% for watering and maintenance of lands, 30% labor, 40% grazing lands.

Reina Sanchez: 1 part for materials and costs of the production of compost and organic insecticide (produced by her neighbor Carlitos) 3 parts for laminate & tubes (building materials for the home).

Aureliano Hernandez: One part for the production of mezcal (purchase of agave), and the other part for planting and preparing of land (workers).

2017 10% Profit Share declaration:

Lalo: in support of a local Candelaria festival in Santa Catarina Minas

Berta Vasquez: supporting cost of concrete posts, barbed wire and labor in the preparing of a plot of land for agave planting.

Aureliano Hernandez: supporting this years planting with purchase of 2,000 local maguey species

Rezpiral se realiza su práctica de comercio justo, en parte al redirigir el 30% de las ganancias anuales hacia las prácticas agrícolas de los productores. Estos recursos están dirigidos a proyectos individuales, tales como cubrir los costos de talar tierras controladas por productores o apoyar el costo de 10,000 agaves silvestres para replantación y programas que apoyan a los mezcaleros y agaveros independientes. En general, las prácticas respaldadas giran en torno a

–   Conservación y manejo de tierras
–   Apoyar las prácticas de siembra y la reforestación
–   Promover la custodia de la tierra y la promoción del control de la tierra comunal y local
–   Promoción de la biodiversidad y preservación / propagación de especies endémicas de agave
–   Apoyo a la producción independiente familiar