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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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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.

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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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What do you know about modern slavery in fashion?

Slave to Fashion front cover

by Safia Minney, Founder of People Tree and managing director of Po-Zu (ethical footwear company)

Safia launches her new book ‘Slave to Fashion’ during Fashion Revolution Week. The book discusses modern slavery in fashion supply chains and goes through Safia’s journey finding out more behind the fashion industry.

I’m hoping that Slave to Fashion will be a crash course on modern slavery;  why is it still happening in numbers like we have never seen before and what needs to change to stop it. Modern slavery includes; human trafficking, bonded, forced and child labour and excessive overtime.

The inspiration for Slave to Fashion came to me in a dream.

The faces and hands of women, children and men reached out to me, calling, smiling, asking for solidarity, not charity, and for me to witness and tell their stories.  I wanted a big solution to poverty, exploitation and social injustice…

The book covers The Modern Slavery Act, The Global economy, Meet the Slaves (to protect the people I changed their names and masked their faces with a pink ribbon), the Social & Technical Innovations and investigative journalism that is making the difference, and a Toolkit.

The Fair Trade movement has been key to building public awareness, set decent standards for different agricultural commodities and manufacturing for products and terms of trade and has inspired policy makers and the media. The MSA (Modern Slavery Act), passed in 2015, which included supply chains and requires companies with a turnover of £36mn to file a Slavery Report on what they are doing to eradicate slavery in their supply chains, requires sign off of the company board.  There is a lot that needs to happen to make this more effective and give the public access to this information, and make it easy to act upon. The MSA represents a unique opportunity to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (remember those?!) and the Ruggie Principles (UN Guiding Principles and Human Rights). But what does this mean in reality for the workers?

It is clear that it has the power as companies are forced to get to know their supply chains and maintain information through good transparency, promote social dialogue, design and plan their orders better, to strengthen local legal systems, challenge corruption and strengthen human rights through laws and codes of practice that WORK,  including paying a living wage and respecting independent trade unions.

Researching, interviewing for and writing Slave to Fashion, I spend 6 months meeting women men and children in India, Cambodia and Bangladesh and hearing their stories and interviewed business people and activists working on human rights and slavery issues. Girls who were 12 when they started working at a cotton mill where her friends, other children were bonded labourers, and at 15 felt too exhausted and burnt out to work in a garment factory for 6 days a week; women who were trafficked and ended up in the sex and garment trade. Women who are sexually harassed by their male supervisors and who walk a thin line daily between losing the benefits of a permanent job and ‘giving sexual favours’. The sickening violence of slavery and misused power.

The great news is that there are Fairtrade, social enterprise and tech solutions out there and there are progressive companies too who are pushing the boundaries forward and inviting their peers to work with them to improve practice.

As a Fairtrade leader and entrepreneur, having worked in the so-called developing world with trade unions and economically marginalised people for over 20 years, we know that good trade can make a huge difference to people and prevent communities protect themselves from criminal gangs that broker people.

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DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY – Meet the brands…..

MEET THE BRANDS DOING BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY
Some companies were created to make trade fairer. Meet the brands that are pioneering innovation in Fairtrade.
It’s not just business as usual, these companies have created their entire businesses with producers at the heart of everything they do.

             

Some of them have been working towards fairer trade with producers long before the FAIRTRADE Mark existed. Their pioneering work made many multinational companies switch to Fairtrade, and they continue to innovate with new products, new ways of empowering farmers and new ways of trading. Their work is vital to the future of Fairtrade.

Find out who these brands are, what they do and most importantly – what you can do to be part of making their vision a reality http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/doingbusinessdifferently

Then speak to us in Fairtrade Guernsey to see how your business can play its part in supporting producers.

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Fairtrade empowers women farmers

Fairtrade has empowered women farmers like Kabore Christine, a mango farmer from Burkina Faso in West Africa. After fleeing war in Côte d’Ivoire, many women in her community were left widowed and homeless. Kabore Christine now looks after 15 children, including eight of her own. Together, the women in her co-operative are rebuilding their lives.

Since becoming Fairtrade certified, Kabore Christine and farmers in a number of other co-operatives have used their Fairtrade Premium to improve their communities. They have provided women farmers with loans for bicycles so they can get to work and for gas cookers for their homes. The co-operatives have also invested in healthcare centres, adult literacy classes and a crèche.
So, when you pick up your dried mango in your local F
airtrade store, you could be eating fruit grown by Kabore Christine. Just pop into a store near you and see for yourself just how many delicious Fairtrade products there are.