Emily McCoy looks back on 25 years of the Fairtrade Foundaiton and highlights how the famous marque can make a difference.
Each year for two weeks in February and March Fairtrade puts a spotlight on trade through Fairtrade Fortnight. It is a chance for people up and down the UK to stand together and show their support for farmers and workers and a way to highlight the difference fair trade can make to lives and communities.
Each year the run-up to Christmas starts earlier and earlier. Retail calendars are planned well in advance, Black Friday has become a popular fixture in the diary and even mince-pies are on sale in September. It’s all heavily focused on shopping and buying, but as ethical trends continue to rise, we need to adapt to […]
Monday 26 February marked the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight, which launched with a consumer event in London asking the public to ‘come on in’ and end exploitation. The campaign began on the same day that results of a survey by Censuswide were published, revealing that around half of the British population is unaware of the […]
The Co-op and the Compass Group UK & Ireland have committed £100,000 in funding for an new programme to improve women’s opportunities in cocoa communities.
The Fairtrade Foundation won’t be involved in the new Sainsbury’s Foundation tea pilot due to concerns that it fails to meet core principles of Fairtrade.
The Fairtrade Foundation has released five short videos about pioneering Fairtrade businesses to mark World Fair Trade Day last month.
A petition signed by over 38,000 people demanding that post-Brexit trade deals work for farmers and workers in developing countries has been submitted to the Department for International Trade (DIT).
A Fairtrade Foundation and Traidcraft report warns that Brexit could make or break farmers from some of the poorest countries.
Natural products wholesaler Essential Trading has warned the Fairtrade Foundation that its decision to allow Cadbury to use the Fairtrade name, despite leaving the scheme, may signal an end to its relevance as an ethical certifier.
Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley warns that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it risks losing a generation of growers.
92% of UK shoppers think food companies should ensure food production is fair and sustainable, with 85% believing Government should be responsible for this.
The chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation has warned that the prospects for farmers in developing countries could suffer if post-EU Referendum negotiations result in trade deals that favour the powerful. Commenting, Michael Gidney, said: “The result of the European Union referendum won’t just affect the UK. It will have a huge impact on the lives […]
The Fairtrade Foundation’s new five-year strategy, launched last month by chief executive Michael Gidney, aims to increase the organization’s investment in business innovation to 2020. Changing Trade, Changing Lives will see a portfolio of new ways of the foundation working with businesses, structured around the benefits they bring to farmers and workers. Gidney outlined how […]
As Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off today, there is some good news for the Fairtrade sector with positive volume growth in four out of the five main Fairtrade food categories. Strong volume growth was seen in coffee (up 12%), tea (3%), bananas (5%) and cocoa products (6%), indicating, says the Fairtrade Foundation, that shoppers and businesses […]
As world leaders, including David Cameron, will formally adopt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this weekend, a reform of the EU sugar market, supported by the UK Government, is risking the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of sugar cane farmers in developing countries. The Fairtrade Foundation warns that the UK Government’s support of these […]
The Fairtrade Foundation says it is “not necessarily the right organisation” to set up and run a fair trade milk scheme. Against a backdrop of plummeting farm gate prices and tales of dairy farmers being driven out of business because of below-cost-of-production payments they receive for their milk from the big supermarkets, calls for a […]
Fairtrade Fortnight is on its way, taking place between 23 February and 8 March, so retailers, get ready to celebrate! This annual event gives retailers an ideal opportunity to highlight Fairtrade goodies with displays, posters, special deals and tastings, and flag up to customers the importance of supporting ethical trading and choosing products that really […]
Traidcraft is teaming up with fair trade nut company Liberation Foods in a move which will see it stock the entire Liberation range in its online shops, catalogue and across its network of retailers. The deal will also include a calendar of promotional activities including road show sampling, digital marketing and engagement with Traidcraft’s key […]
A government-sponsored report claiming to show that workers on Fairtrade farms are often paid less than non-Fairtrade workers contains “significant flaws” says the Fairtrade Foundation. The report is based on an investigation by researchers at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) into the production of flowers, coffee and tea in Ethiopia and Uganda. […]
Daily Bread rejoices in ruby anniversary
January 24, 2020 Jane Wolfe
The Northampton co-op Daily Bread is organizing year-long events to mark its 40th anniversary, kicking off the celebrations with a special Ruby Muesli.
News in brief
Chococo has revealed its collection of handmade Easter Eggs for 2020 featuring three new eggs, including a Dark Chocolate Agave Honeycombe Egg.
Kallo campaign dispels ‘healthy food = no taste’ myth
Kallo is launching its latest multimedia campaign, ‘Call on Kallo’, designed to reconnect the brand with the ‘culinary curious healthy eater’.
Government urged to force reformulation of pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
Following a new product survey highlighting the high sugar content of RTD spirits, Action on Sugar is calling on Government to make producers reformulate.
In a pickle
January 23, 2020 Rosie Greenaway
From kombucha to kraut, and kimchi to kefir, the fermented market is alive and kicking. Rosie Greenaway discovers the ancient art of fermenting and learns how to brew her own ‘booch’ (more…)
Back on track
Bone up on joint health with Matt Chittock for all the latest and traditional approaches to keeping customers standing tall (more…)
Say yes to sustainable sex
With consumers thinking more about their impact on the environment, it’s no surprise that the environmental impact of their sex lives is also coming into question. With a range of sustainable sex products cropping up on bedside tables, Sharna Waid investigates which brands are championing the alternatives and whether it’s an area worth investing in […]
The breakfast club
We’re all familiar with the old adage ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’, but truth be told we are more likely to do the exact opposite. Jane Wolfe finds out how retailers can offer consumers easy, convenient and healthy ways to start the morning (more…)
The Health Store Open Day is back!
The Health Store’s ever popular Open Day makes a welcome return on Sunday 8th September. Paul Rideout, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Health Store, explains “The Open Day is back by popular demand! This will be our 8th Open Day since we launched the event back in 2009 and it is more popular than […]
Tooth powder as a powerful ally for your dental health
My Oradent tooth powder is neither a drug nor a medicine. Suitable for all consumers and also for vegans and vegetarians. Why in powder form? Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste. Plus, My Oradent does not contain fluoride, is non-toxic and is also safe for children. […]
How to become the next influential natural beauty brand
The world doesn’t need another natural beauty brand. It’s a market that is set to be worth up to $54 billion by 2027. It’s saturated like every other industry in the world. What it does need however, is a brand that is passionate, value driven and has clarity around how they want to shake things […]
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]