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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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Waitrose to be 100% Fairtrade own-label tea.

Waitrose has today announced it will be extending its commitment to Fairtrade produce by making 100% of its own-label tea Fairtrade certified by October 2017.

This will mean all 46 Waitrose tea products will be Fairtrade, which clearly symbolises to customers that the tea farmers are benefiting from good working conditions, a fair deal and funds to spend on their local community.

Farmers can choose how to spend the Fairtrade Premium generated – whether on developing their business or on community  projects such as schools, health clinics or leisure facilities.

Forty-three of Waitrose’s own-label tea products are already Fairtrade certified with the exception of its three Earl Grey tea lines, which will complete the conversion in October.

Rupert Thomas, Commercial Director at Waitrose, said:

“We’re proud supporters of the Fairtrade Foundation and have seen first-hand their strong track record of supporting farmers who most need it.

“We’ve found that our customers are extremely loyal towards Fairtrade products and appreciate our long-standing and continued commitment – it highlights the investment in and support for the people, communities and businesses that produce our food.”

Euan Venters, Commercial Director at Fairtrade Foundation, said: “This move means all Waitrose’s own label black and green tea will be 100% Fairtrade. This is fantastic news that will help improve the lives of some of the poorest tea farmers in China, who have previously invested their Fairtrade Premium in schools, sanitation, and tea quality and productivity projects, benefiting farmers and the wider community.

“Congratulations to Waitrose for taking another vital step in making their supply chains sustainable and making a great cup of tea even greater.”

The retailer currently stocks 250 Fairtrade-certified products. 100% of its own-label speciality sugars are certified Fairtrade, along with the majority of its own-label block chocolate, including its Waitrose 1 Indian Ocean Bar with Coconut, which was recently awarded the much-coveted Gold award in the 2017 Academy of Chocolate Awards.

Waitrose first committed to the Fairtrade Foundation in 2007 and both work collaboratively to share best practice, experiences and a joint ambition to build upon their sustainable supply chain models.

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Fairtrade Summer Product Review

Remember last year’s summer products review? You told us you loved it so much that we’ve done it again and we’ve gone bigger…

Check out the Fairtrade Foundation blog to see what the team at Fairtrade thought.

If you’ve found other exciting Fairtrade products let us know!

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Nestlé adopts Fairtrade’s Sourcing Program

Nestlé has announced it will change the way it sources Fairtrade ingredients for its KitKat 2 and 4 finger chocolate.

From 5 June 2017, the company will switch from sourcing All That Can Be Fairtrade to sourcing cocoa, sugar and vanilla through the Fairtrade Cocoa, Sugar and Vanilla Programs. As a result, affected KitKat products will begin to carry the FAIRTRADE Program Mark on the back of pack instead of the FAIRTRADE Mark.  This is part of Nestlé’s global strategy to give more prominence on all confectionery packaging to Nestlé’s flagship Cocoa Plan and the change brings KitKat in line with the rest of their chocolate confectionery range; whilst still maintaining their Fairtrade commitment.

Nestlé will continue to buy all the cocoa, sugar and vanilla needed for its KitKat 2 and 4 finger chocolate on Fairtrade terms, and farmers will still follow the Fairtrade Standards and receive the same benefits. As well as the Fairtrade price (or market price if higher) for the commodity, farmer groups receive the Fairtrade premium to invest in long-term community and business projects of their own choice, such as education and healthcare.

The Fairtrade Sourcing Program was designed by Fairtrade to offer businesses another way to purchase Fairtrade cocoa, sugar and vanilla, and in doing so, increasing the opportunities for producers to sell on Fairtrade terms. Many European markets have adopted the Fairtrade Cocoa Program, and this has increased global sales of Fairtrade cocoa from 51,000 metric tonnes in 2012 to just over 100,000 tonnes in 2016. Confectionery brands such as Ferrero and Mars have already committed to the Fairtrade Cocoa Program.

Nestlé’s collaboration with Fairtrade began in 2009, when the UK’s best-selling chocolate wafers, KitKat 4 finger, first received ethical certification through the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK and Ireland. This move was then extended to the 2 finger.

KitKat, made in York, is the UK’s favourite chocolate wafer fingers, with 1bn sold here each year. Launched in 1935 and originally called Chocolate Crisp, it has grown to become Nestlé’s biggest confectionery brand in the UK.  The UK is the biggest market for KitKat globally, twice as big as the next highest, Japan.

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Fairtrade Sourcing Programs – An explanation

Fairtrade Sourcing Programs

New ways to source Fairtrade cotton, cocoa and sugar.

Fairtrade Sourcing Programs for cotton, cocoa and sugar were introduced by Fairtrade International in January 2014 to boost the volumes of cotton, cocoa and sugar that Fairtrade certified farmers are able to sell on Fairtrade terms so that greater impact can be delivered for small-scale farmers in the developing world, who rely on Fairtrade to earn a fair price and work towards a more sustainable future.

Over the years, with the support of businesses, we have made really significant headway in making trade fairer for farmers and workers in the developing world. But currently just 1.2% of global cocoa sales and less than 1% of global sugar sales are Fairtrade and we’re excited about the potential impact of this innovation.

Fairtrade Sourcing Programs are additional way for businesses to source Fairtrade, and runs in parallel to the existing FAIRTRADE Mark. Under the new scheme, business can source Fairtrade cocoa and sugar as raw commodities, and communicate their commitments through the Fairtrade Sourcing Programs.

FSP explained

Fairtrade Sourcing Programs were launched in some international markets – including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and Japan – and have been well received. As a result, global volumes of producers’ sales of Fairtrade cocoa are set to increase by over 20% in 2014, leading to an extra $1.8m in Fairtrade Premium for cocoa farmers.

We are delighted to say that we are now looking to work with UK businesses in key product categories with the explicit focus on securing new and additional commitments for sugar and cocoa farmers, alongside the fantastic range of products certified by the familiar FAIRTRADE Mark.