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Supima is a non-profit organisation in the United States whose main objective is to promote the use of American Pima cotton around the world[1] and is involved in quality assurance and research programs. Founded in 1954, it derived its name from superior pima.[2]

Supima licenses over 300 selected high-quality mills, textile and clothing manufacturers, and retailers to use the Supima® trademark. Members finance the activities of Supima by payments calculated on a "per bale" basis.

Its other activities include:[1]

  • research programs to improve the quality of American Pima cotton
  • timely crop and market information to its grower-members and licensees
  • advertisements in both consumer and trade publications
  • presentations to customers both in the USA and abroad
  • participation in major international exhibitions and events

The Board of Directors of Supima is made up of Pima growers from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.[3]

Production of Supima cotton has risen from about 100,000 bales per year in the 1980s to over 800,000 bales in 2006. More than 90% of Supima cotton is exported from the United States, the majority of this being for the overseas manufacture of finished fabrics, clothing, sheets and towels which are re-exported to the United States for sale. The top five importers of Supima cotton are China, Pakistan, India, Japan and Indonesia.[2]


  1. ^ a b General Information about Supima. Supima:World's Finest Cottons. Retrieved on 2007-01-22.
  2. ^ a b Reed Business Information (2006). Supima. Home Textiles Today. Retrieved on 2007-01-23.
  3. ^ Board of Directors and Staff. Supima:World's Finest Cottons. Retrieved on 2007-01-22.

External links

  • Main Website
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