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Festiva’s FESTIVITY CHRISTMAS

Festiva’s choristers, children’s choir and professional artists, all singing carols and making Christmas music. Saturday 9 December 2017; 2.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tickets £11.50 for matinee performance and £12.50 for evening concert from St James and www.guernseytickets.gg.

 

News

Fairtrade Foundation appoints Professor Bob Doherty as new trustee

8 September, 2017

Professor Bob Doherty has been appointed as a new Trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Bob is Professor of Marketing at the York Management School, University of York, and brings a wealth of experience in researching the marketing and management aspects of fair trade and social enterprises, particularly how they manage their commercial and social objectives.

After four years as both Deputy and Acting Dean of the York Management School, he is now principal investigator of the Global Food Security (GFS) Fund programme grant called IKnowFood. He is also Research Theme Leader for Food Sustainability in the York Environmental Sustainability Institute and the N8 AgriFood Lead at York for the £8m HEFCE grant.

Bob has combined his impressive research track record with his passion for campaigning on fair trade issues. He was Chair of the Liverpool’s Fairtrade Steering Committee from 2003-2016, and prior to moving into academia, Bob spent nearly five years as the first ever Head of Sales and Marketing at the Fairtrade social enterprise, Divine Chocolate Ltd from 1999 to 2003.

His strong commercial, financial and marketing background in the private, higher education and charity sectors will bring valuable capabilities to the Foundation Board. His extensive background in research means he has a clear understanding of the importance of Fairtrade’s ability to demonstrate impact and an understanding of how the Fairtrade Foundation can continue to strengthen links between campaigners and the Foundation as it continues to evolve.

Bob Doherty said: “‘The Fairtrade Foundation has been delivering developmental impact for disadvantaged producers for a quarter of a century via product certification. It’s the only certification scheme that pays producers both a Fairtrade Price premium plus a social premium to invest in community capacity building.  It’s the gold standard of ethical standards and I am looking forward to being part of ensuing Fairtrade continues to innovate and deliver positive sustainable change”.

Welcoming him to the Board, Michael Jary, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Fairtrade Foundation said: “Bob has a long standing engagement with Fair Trade, the Fairtrade Foundation and its network across multiple channels, from campaigning to research to working for a Fairtrade Organisation. A Fairtrade campaigner since 1998, including leading the process of Liverpool becoming a Fairtrade City, he continues to engage with the Fairtrade campaigner movement, both in the UK and globally.”

Fairtrade sales in 2016 bucked the contracting grocery market trend to see volume growth across some of its core areas including bananas and coffee, whilst other areas like wine and gold also showed growth.

The increased volumes mean an estimated increase in financial premiums to total around £32.2 million that will go to farmers and producers across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean to allow them to continue delivering improvements for themselves and their communities.

News Products Supporters

J J Fox Guernsey Ltd latest to sign-up

J J Fox Guernsey Limited have just confirmed their significant support for Fairtrade. Their product range includes the following Fairtrade:

Milfresh vending chocolate

Cafe Nueva Espresso beans

Tate & Lyle vending sugar

Nestle Partners coffee

…… so no excuse not to fill your vending machine with Fairtrade!

Products

Ben & Jerry’s unveils three new Fairtrade non-dairy ice cream flavours

6 September, 2017

Ben & Jerry’s unveils three new non-dairy ice cream flavours

Attention ice cream fans unable – or choosing not – to consume dairy; your long wait is soon to be over! It’s almost time to raise spoons in celebration of an all-new, non-dairy flavour lineup, set to arrive into supermarket freezers this month.

Soon, fans will be able to dive deep into a decadent tub and experience all the chunks and swirls Ben & Jerry’s is known and loved for, but this time in a vegan certified, almond-based indulgence.

For years, non-dairy fans have been forced to watch ice cream consumers with envy, unable to satisfy their sweet cravings. Now the tables are turning. Non-dairy and vegan consumers alike will be able to participate in a truly indulgent ice cream experience, enjoying two classic Ben & Jerry’s flavours… as well as a Non-Dairy exclusive flavour, Peanut Butter & Cookies. Chunks? Check. Swirls? Check. Non-Dairy? Check. We kid you not!

The new lineup includes a trio of flavours ready for spooning, including:

  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie: Irresistible chocolate non-dairy ice cream with fudge brownies. Our fabulously fudgy brownies have come from New York’s Greyston Bakery in Yonkers since ‘88, where baking is part of a greater-good mission to help provide jobs & training to low-income city residents. This concoction includes Greyston’s vegan brownie, which brings a taste like no udder.
  • Chunky Monkey: Okay, so we monkeyed around with our classic Chunky Monkey… banana non-dairy ice cream with chocolatey chunks & walnuts – guaranteed to make fans go truly bananas!
  • Peanut Butter & Cookies: We’ve always had a thing for peanut butter…and cookies. Presenting: vanilla non-dairy ice cream with chocolatey sandwich cookies & scrumptiously crunchy peanut butter swirls.

What’s even sweeter is that Ben & Jerry’s new flavours are the first ever non-dairy Fairtrade-certified ice cream in the UK! So non-dairy fans can be sure that they taste good…and do good too!

“Our fans dared us to go dairy-less… and we did! Creating non-dairy ice cream that meets the funky and chunky expectations of Ben & Jerry’s fans was quite a challenge,” says Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Guru, Andrea Ball, “but we’re delighted to confirm the long wait is nearly over! Spoons at the ready to dig in…”

The new Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy family will be available in freezers across the nation from the end of September and available at the Recommended Retail Price of £5.99. To learn more about Ben & Jerry’s new flavours or to find a store that stocks Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy near you this September, visit www.benjerry.co.uk/flavours/non-dairy.

Events News

Organic September: 8 things you didn’t know were Fairtrade and organic

Organic September: 8 things you didn’t know were Fairtrade and organic
It’s September and time for the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic. But there are a whole range of innovative and unusual products you might not have realised that are certified Fairtrade as well as organic.
Fairtrade fights for better rights for farmers and workers around the world. It guarantees a minimum price for workers and supports communities through a Fairtrade Premium to help empower groups of smallholders and invest in techniques and infrastructure that improve people’s prospects.

Organic farming is one technique that Fairtrade producers are increasingly interested in. Fifty one per cent of all Fairtrade farmers hold organic certification. From tantalising treats to healthy staples, this list of all those unexpected goodies has a lot to offer.

By choosing Fairtrade you can help improve the lives and futures of over 1.6 million Fairtrade farmers across the globe. If you look for organic too you can rest assured that further environmental concerns have been taken care of.

Ma's Kitchen Coconut milk

Ma’s Happy Life Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk
Sourced from small scale farmers and processed in the heart of Sri Lanka, Ma’s Fairtrade Coconut Milk is 100% Organic certified by the USDA. Coconut milk is squeezed from fresh coconuts to produce full flavoured and smooth milk, which is perfect for both sweet and savoury dishes.

Where to buy: order online through JTS Fine Food or check the stockist map for a number of independent stores. Cost: £1.85 online

Earl Grey Blue Flower
Big Leaf, Big Flavour, Big Love: this is an exciting classic, big flavoured earl grey tea hand blended at Suki HQ.

The classic Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea is good, but Suki wanted to switch up the standard issue synthetic bergamot. So they now source and use the best organic Sicilian bergamot oil available. The addition of Blue Cornflowers makes this a visually stunning tea. It’s a Champion of Champions and a Great Taste Award winner to boot.

King Soba Organic Basmati Brown Rice Noodles

King Soba’s rice noodles are a great healthy staple food made from the ‘king of rice’ basmati. These noodles are delicious served in a Japanese style vegetable soup or stir-fried with your favourite spices. They’re also a healthy, gluten-free alternative to pasta.

King Soba are a family business who are focused on the principals of healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. This product is certified organic and Fairtrade, so contains fewer pesticides and is kind to the environment, as well as looking after the people who produce it.

Where to buy: Holland & Barrett, Amazon, Wholefoods Online plus King Soba Cost: from £1.99

Gusto Organic Real Cola

Gusto launch two new premium colas in a 275ml glass bottle, new for 2017. Gusto’s Cola is the only organic, lower calorie Fairtrade cola in Europe.

The two new offerings are identifiably members of the cola family yet they are completely free of non-natural ingredients: so no phosphoric acid, no aspartame and not a hint of synthetic vanilla or petrochemical caffeine.

The drinks are made in Devon with spring water from the naturally wild Exmoor moors. Gusto Organic Real Cola and Gusto Naturally Slim Cola are both Fairtrade certified and are a blend of organic spices and essential oils with cola nut from the rainforests of Africa, Fairtrade Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar and sweetened with Fairtrade and organic blue agave from Jalisco in Mexico.

LEMONAID+ Organic & Fairtrade drinks

Lemonaid is a trio of truly sustainable soft drinks – the ingredients are organic, vegan and are sourced from small-scale farming cooperatives in Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Mexico and South Africa. Plus they taste delicious!

In this range of three, you can choose from luscious lime, summery passionfruit or tantalizing blood orange. The refreshing, lightly sparkling drinks are made from pure fruit juice and 50% less sugar than regular soft drinks.

Traidcraft GEO bars

Traidcraft’s new organic GEOBARs

Traidcraft has launched GEOBAR’s first ever organic and Fairtrade fruit and nut wholefood bar range, offering a delicious snack which also makes a difference to lives across the globe.
The bars are launching in three exciting new flavours, Apple & Kale, Carrot & Ginger and Cocoa & Beetroot. They’re packed with Fairtrade dates, raisins, cashews & cocoa from Fairtrade farmers across the globe.

Little Miracles Ice tea
Watch out for Little Miracle’s enchanting new range of ice-teas. Always on the lookout for more hidden treasures for their consumers, this brand is all set to become the all rounded healthy snack solution for people on the go.
All ingredients are certified organic and Fairtrade packed with goodness and healing properties straight from Mother Nature including ginger, baobab and Mate from South Africa and South America. Replacing cane sugar with natural agave in all their ice-teas they have successfully combined perfect sweetness with cleaner taste.

Where to buy: Waitrose. Cost: £1.39 each

Waitrose Duchy Organic Fairtrade Bananas

Arguably the nation’s favourite fruit, it’s often a relief to realise that the majority of organic bananas you can buy in the supermarket are Fairtrade too!

Like this bright bunch from top quality Waitrose Duchy Organic.

Fairtrade is helping protect the environment and improve sustainable production of bananas by training smallholder farmers and encouraging the use of more natural processes like organic farming.

 

Events

Next Steering Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Steering Group will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017 @ Capelles Community Centre, St Sampson’s, @ 7.30 p.m. (Located at Capelles Methodist Church, alongside Capelles School).

Meeting is open to anyone interested in Fairtrade who wishes to help.

Events Resources

Recipe for Fairtrade Baked Apricot Frangipane

Tom Hunt Recipe for Fairtrade Baked Apricot Frangipane

In this recipe, Tom Hunt, award-winning chef, food writer and food-waste campaigner, uses a summer fruit favourite for a classic British treat. The addition of vanilla here gives the frangipane an extra layer of flavour. But did you know that the premium price for this popular spice doesn’t always translate to decent working conditions for vanilla farmers?

Baked apricots are deliciously fragrant. I love eating them for breakfast with yoghurt or serving them as a light dessert after a rich meal.

This recipe uses Fairtrade sugar, Fairtrade almonds and Fairtrade vanilla. In Madagascar, Fairtrade vanilla farmers are fighting child labour and doing their best to provide decent work to support families in the country. Roughly 80% of the world’s vanilla is produced in Madagascar but this industry has been identified by the US Department of Labour as high risk for goods produced with child labour.

To support change for the better, choose Fairtrade vanilla for your summer baking.

Baked apricots

500g apricots, 150g natural Fairtrade cane sugar

Cut the apricots around the middle down to the seed. Twist each half and pull apart. Remove the stone. Lay on a baking tray, sprinkle with sugar and place a tiny piece of butter on each. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the sugar is melted and the apricots are soft.

Apricot frangipane

Frangipane is just about my favourite dessert/cake. The rich almond sponge has all the flavour and moistness that a flour based sponge lacks. Frangipane is a good carrier for tart seasonal fruits. At my restaurant we put a different frangipane on the menu each season from quinces to rhubarb.

Ingredients – Makes about 12 portions

500g BAKED apricots

100g Fairtrade ground almonds

100g Fairtrade caster sugar

100g Unsalted butter, slightly softened

2 tsp Fairtrade vanilla

1 large egg

For the ruff puff

250g plain flour

190g cold butter, cut into 1cm cubes

125ml cold water

Method – Preheat oven 180C

1) Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter and stir. Mix in the water. Form the pastry into a lump and roll out into a large rectangle. Fold the dough in by one third on one side then fold the other third over the top. Roll out the sheet again then repeat by folding a third and third. Place in cling film then put into the fridge for 30 minutes.

2) Mix the frangipane ingredients, ground almonds, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla and beat until smooth.

3) Roll out the puff pastry 3-5mm thick onto a large baking tray. Using a knife, score a border into the pastry about 1 inch from the edge.

4) Spread the frangipane mixture evenly over the pastry about 1 cm thick up to the border. Place the BAKED apricots on top of the frangipane .

5) Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the pastry and frangipane have risen and are golden.

Storage: The baked apricots will keep for a week in the fridge in a sealed container. The frangipane will be good for 3 days. If you have any spare rough puff it keeps well in the freezer.

Find more inspiration from Tom Hunt on his Instagram @tomsfeast

News

Shared Interest at work in Peru

Great Masters of the Peruvian HighlandsFounded in 2008, Coopecan is run by six associations and 93 individual alpaqueros. Together they care for almost 3,000 camelids in the highlands of Southern Peru.

Some of the poorest and most remote communities of the upper Andes, rely on alpacas to provide their only chance of income.

These hardy animals, best known for the insulating quality of their wool, are also a vital source of transport for goods such as medicine across the mountainous terrain. Most alpaqueros, live in remote areas high up in the Andes. Many live in clay houses with no electricity or running water. Here, alpacas are a vital part of Peruvian life where more than 50% of the population survive on less than one dollar a day.

The women and children of Andean villages nurture their herds all year round, shearing their coats just once a year. Alpacas are treated like family; without them, these remote Andean communities would face a serious threat to their livelihoods.

Due to the co-operative’s strong commitment to Fairtrade principles, Coopecan approached Shared Interest for support in early 2016, to pay their farmers on time and develop their premises to improve efficiency.

It is this holistic approach to their work that leads Coopecan to support their alpaqeros with medication for themselves and their herd, and also advise on good environmental practices. The result is better feed, healthier alpacas and better quality wool.

“The impact of the Shared Interest loan on the lives of our members, and especially my family, is very important because without it, Coopecan could not buy fibre directly from the producers, and that would cause the intermediaries to pay us lower prices for our fibre. With the loan, Coopecan can help to keep regulated the price of the fibre, of which all benefit from a higher income.” Jorge Basilio, President, Coopecan

Fairtrade Guernsey are supporters of Shared Interest.