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Harriet Lamb Appointed New CEO Of Fairtrade International 09.07.12

We are delighted to announce that Harriet Lamb has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International. Source: Fairtrade Foundation

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Palestinian farmers ordered to uproot 1,400 olive trees by Israeli Civil Administration 22.05.12

The Fairtrade Foundation has expressed outrage and shock at the news that Israel has ordered nine Palestinian olive farmers of Deir Istiya, Salfit on the West Bank to uproot 1,400 olive trees in Wadi Qana area by 1 May 2012.

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UK’s Natural and Organic Awards 2012 Winners Announced 04.04.12

BBC star Kate Humble hailed the “incredible passion” of the natural products industry as she announced the Natural & Organic Award winners on Sunday 1 April. Around 450 industry professionals saw her present the awards, jointly hosted by Natural Products magazine and the Soil Association. This year’s Natural Products Outstanding Achievement Award was won by Green & Black’s co-founder Craig Sams.

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Yeo Valley signs up to Ethical Trade 12.03.12

Yeo Valley, the UK’s largest organic brand, is the latest addition to the Soil Association’s Ethical Trade scheme. This means that all of the milk used for Yeo Valley products – yoghurt, butter, cheese and milk – is now certified to Soil Association Ethical Trade standards. Following a major rebrand, their new packaging – which includes the Ethical Trade logo - went on sale this week.

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‘Take a Step’ for Fairtrade in 2012 25.01.12

‘Take a Step’ for Fairtrade is this year’s campaign call to people in the UK to engage with the Fairtrade Foundation’s vision of an even bigger movement for positive change on unfair trade, including making the switch to buying Fairtrade.

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World’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold to tackle poverty faced by miners and their families 14.02.11

The world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold will go on sale on 14 February in a groundbreaking effort to secure a fair deal for gold miners and their communities.

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Show Off Your Label Fairtrade Fortnight 28 February - 13 March 2011 29.11.10

Do you love the fact that you buy Fairtrade products and campaign for trade justice whenever possible to help support farmers, workers, their families and communities in developing countries. Well, then you could qualify for the Fairtrade Foundation’s competition to find the biggest Fairtrade show off’s in the UK as part of next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (28 February – 13 March 2011) themed Show Off Your Label.

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Selling Organic: The Next Chapter Conference 14th October 07.10.10

Organic Farmers and Growers, an organic certifying body, are holding a Conference in Oxford this month that brings together many of the key players from market research organisations, buyers, organic producers and policy bodies.

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Shared Interest: Ethical Investment that understands fair trade 04.10.10

Shared Interest is a twenty year old investment organisation solely dedicated to investing in Fair Trade organisations. With just over £33 million invested in projects in 36 countries Shared Interest is the lender dedicated 100% to fair trade. Their deep understanding of the unique financial requirements of the fair trade business model means that they have been able to support over 450 Fairtrdae producers and buyers throughout the world.

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100 B&Q stores start to sell Fairtrade Cotton 30.07.10

B&Q announces that it will be selling its first Fairtrade products in store this year. From August 2010, B&Q will sell a range of Fairtrade cotton bedding in 100 stores. 2010 is an important milestone as it marks the fifth year anniversary of the introduction of Fairtrade cotton into the UK market. Source: Fairtrade Foundation

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Meet 3 leading Fairtrade producers at Caffé Culture 24.06.10

The Fairtrade Foundation is bringing three representatives from Fairtrade regional producer networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America to speak at this year’s three-day Caffé Culture conference in Olympia, London which starts today ( 23 June ).

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Fair Trade Vegetables Market Takes Root 28.05.10

With the launch of certified Fairtrade green beans this week, Marks & Spencer is poised to become one of the leading retailers of fairtrade vegetables in Europe. Its move could also kick start the European market for fairtrade vegetables

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Global Fairtrade sales rise 15% to €3.4 Billion 27.05.10

Bonn, 26 May 2010: In one of the most difficult economic years on record, consumers spent an estimated €3.4 Billion on Fairtrade products in 2009 – a 15% increase over the previous year.

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Mung Beans- another Fairtrade First for the Co- 21.05.10

The Co-op, the most innovative and customer owned supermarket chain in the UK has not slowed down it ethical sourcing drive despite the economic downturn. Working with growers from Inner Mongolia and the Fairtrade Foundation they have now launched another market first with Fairtrade bean sprouts.

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First Fairtrade vegetables open the door for Kenyan farmers associations 21.05.10

The first Fairtrade certified vegetables, green beans from Kenya, will go on sale in supermarkets from this week (18 May), creating new opportunities for hundreds of small-scale impoverished Kenyan farmers to sell under Fairtrade terms and through the Fairtrade premium invest in community projects.

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UK Organic market drops 12.9% in 2009 14.04.10

Organic sales in the UK had a terrible year in 2009, after a decade of double digit annual increase, last year saw a 12.9% drop in total sales to ₤1.84 billion, from a high in 2008 of ₤2.113 billion. Particularity hard hit was the organic meat and prepared food sectors, while organic milk, baby foods and home cooking ingredients held up and cosmetics and health product demand increased. Early signs from 2010 indicate a slow resurgence with projections of between 2-5% according to the newly released Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2010.

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Fairtrade and Fairmined gold standards launched 18.03.10

Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) launches the first ever third party independent certification for gold, opening up market opportunities for millions of impoverished artisanal small-scale miners and their families.

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Marks & Spencers new 80 sustainable commitments welcomed by Fairtrade campaigners 01.03.10

The Fairtrade Foundation commends the launch of Marks & Spencer’s 80 new commitments with which they aim to make themselves the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015, by converting all food, clothing and home items to carry at least one sustainable or ethical label, such as the FAIRTRADE Mark.

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Palestinian Fairtrade Olive Oil producers denied visa for Fairtrade Fortnight 28.02.10

Fairtrade supporters have reacted angrily to a decision to deny three Palestinian olive farmers access to the UK preventing them from attending this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight. The ban on the goodwill ambassadors, who were to be guests of the UK-based social enterprise Zaytoun, comes exactly one year after the farmers became the first olive oil producers in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status.

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460 Fairtrade Towns prepare for Fairtrade Fortnight 23.02.10

Nearly 20 new villages, towns and boroughs around the UK are celebrating achieving Fairtrade status in time for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February – 7 March) which has the theme of ‘The Big Swap.’ They will join another 440 who already work closely with the Fairtrade Foundation to promote Fairtrade produce to their citizens.

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Fairtrade hits £800 million in 2009 23.02.10

The global economic downturn made 2009 an incredibly tough year for the world’s poor seeking a fair deal for their produce. The global economic turndown has been felt worst in developing countries, where an estimated 50-90 million more people were thrown into extreme poverty in 2009, according to UN Millennium Development Goal figures. Meanwhile, here in the UK, just over 7 in 10 people told YouGov that they cut back on their personal budgets in some way as a result of the recession, such as eating out less.

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Palestinian Olive Oil Producers in Manchester for Fairtrade Fortnight 19.02.10

Jamil Hijazin from Bethlehem University’s Fairtrade Development Centre and Mahmoud al Qadi from the East Bani Zeid Co-operative (NW Ramallah / al Bireh) will visit Manchester during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.

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Businesses pushed to convert to Fairtrade cotton 18.02.10

Following the success of Fairtrade cotton in the UK market over the past five years, the Fairtrade Foundation is now rolling out a strategy to target public procurement and the business world to open up new market opportunities for marginalized cotton farmers in the developing world.

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Green & Blacks announce a move to 100% Fairtrade 08.02.10

As we hear that Cadbury is to be snapped up by Kraft Green & Blacks, a Cadbury company, has announced it will switch its entire range of chocolate bar and beverage products to 100% organic and Fairtrade in 30 countries by the end of 2011. The move will open up many new opportunities for Fairtrade farmers in developing countries says the Fairtrade Foundation

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Fair Miles not Food Miles for a just and sustainable world 12.12.09

Western consumer concern over climate change can do more harm than good if it cuts demand for food produced in developing nations, warns a new book by Oxfam and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

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The Big Swap- launched for Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 04.12.09

RETAILERS and companies are being urged to back Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (22 February - 7 March) by making it easy for shoppers to choose Fairtrade goods. Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 has the theme of ‘The Big Swap’ and will encourage shoppers to swap everyday shopping basket items such as tea, coffee, chocolate, cotton Tee-shirts, bananas, cakes, sugar and a host of other products for Fairtrade ones.

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Fairtrade Foundation welcomes DFID White Paper: Eliminating World Poverty 21.07.09

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the significant investment in fair and ethical trade announced in a White Paper unveiled by Secretary of State Douglas Alexander in the House of Commons on 6 July 2009. In the White Paper, the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of a rebranded UKaid programme, says it is quadrupling funding to promote fair and ethical trade.

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53% of Uk households have bought direct from farmers 08.07.09

The sixth annual National Farmers’ Retail and Markets’ Association (FARMA) local food sector tracking survey shows 53% of the population now buy food from direct sales outlets including farm shops, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and box schemes.

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57 Fairtrade beauty products hit the shelves 24.06.09

From today(24th June) the public will be able to buy Fairtrade certified beauty products including lip balms, face masks, body butters and shower gels from 5 companies including Boots, Bubble & Balm, Essential Care, Lush and Neal’s Yard. Each beauty product contains one or more Fairtrade certified ingredient such as cocoa butter, shea nut butter, sugar or brazil nut oil, benefitting disadvantaged producers from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  To date, 57 beauty products have been licensed by the Fairtrade Foundation and it is expected that many more will follow.

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Global Fairtrade sales increase by 22% 18.06.09

Despite the global recession, worldwide sales of Fairtrade products grew by an impressive 22% in 2008 as consumers spent an estimated 2.9 billion Euros on Fairtrade products globally. The United Kingdom overtook the USA in 2008 with a 12.5% year on year growth to make a total market of Euro 880,620,304.

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Fairtrade aims for £2 billion sales by 2012 07.05.09

The Fairtrade Foundation has appointed a new Marketing Director to its senior leadership team to help deliver an ambitious new strategy to double its reach and impact for producers in the developing world.

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World Fairtrade Day: Beating the blues in 2009 30.04.09

Ahead of World Fair Trade Day on 9 May, this first ever global consumer survey on Fairtrade shows that shoppers increasingly expect companies to be more accountable and fair in dealing with producers in developing countries. The survey by GlobeScan was commissioned by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), of which the Fairtrade Foundation is the UK member, with a sample size of 14,500 in 15 countries including the UK. Among those surveyed, almost three quarters of shoppers believe it is not enough for companies to do no harm, but that they should actively support community development in developing countries

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Buy ‘Cheep’ Gifts with a conscience this Easter 23.03.09

Christian Aid is asking people to choose gifts that ‘cheep’ this Easter to help tackle poverty. A fluffy brood of chicks for £31 and quacking ducks for £24 are amongst the Present Aid gift ideas on www.presentaid.org.uk that could help change lives in developing countries.

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The Co-op launches 2 Fairtrade Easter Chocolate Eggs 17.03.09

When I was a kid every Easter our house as visited by the Easter Phoenix. We would wake up to find a trial of small Easter bunnies laying a track through the garden to the gooseberry bush. In the bush would be a nest packed with small silver wrapped chocolate eggs.

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Cadbury Dairy Milk commits to going Fairtrade 05.03.09

Cadbury and the Fairtrade Foundation today announced plans to achieve Fairtrade certification for Cadbury Dairy Milk, the nation’s top selling chocolate bar, by end of Summer 2009.

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Recession fashion stays globally Fair 26.02.09

Gossypium are launching their fashionable answer to the global recession by turning their trademark organic and Fairtrade cotton into a jewel of a dress this Fairtrade Fortnight.

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1st Palestinian Fairtrade Olive Oil hits Co-op shelves 24.02.09

The Co-operative Group is to become the first supermarket to stock Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil – the first Palestinian product to receive Fairtrade certification.

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Fairtrade sales top £700 million in UK 23.02.09

Efforts to tackle the global food crisis will fail without urgent action to support small farmers in developing countries, says the Fairtrade Foundation in a new report launched on the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight, The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small farmers, big solutions?

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2009: end of the organic dream? 12.02.09

The slow down in consumer demand for organic food and produce after 13 years of astronomical growth has been hitting the headlines. Is this the end of the expansion of the UK’s ethical food sector?

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Say it with words : 4 Fairtrade Valentine’s ideas from Box of Gifts 12.02.09

The fairtrade gift company, Box of Gifts, proposes four beautiful hand crafted stationary ideas for a perfect Valentine’s present. These lovely presents from sustainable materials all come in at under £7. It doesn’t break the bank to show you care.

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8 Fairtrade Valentine’s ideas from Boutiko 10.02.09

With Fair Trade Fortnight on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking not only about buying ethically produced food, clothing and flowers, but also making a commitment to choosing products made in fair trade conditions as gifts.

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Co-op knock up to 20% off Fairtrade lines to support Fairtrade Fortnight 09.02.09

The Co-operative Group is supporting this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of initiatives, as well as savings of up to 20 per cent on selected Fairtrade products.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 starts 23rd February 05.02.09

Members of the public can join team Fairtrade for some free sporty fun and games at the public launch of Fairtrade Fortnight 2009. The two-week annual campaign (23 Feb – 8 March) highlighting global inequalities in trade and promoting Fairtrade products, kicks off with an action-packed event on London’s South Bank on Sunday 23rd February 2009 (11am-4pm).

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Fairtrade wine marker gets £131,000 premium from Co-op 05.12.08

The Co-operative has officially presented its third Fairtrade donation cheque to the Du Toitskloof wine co-operative in South Africa. The ethical retailer handed over a staggering £131,000, which has been generated through sales of its Fairtrade South African wine range.

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Get Ethical this Christmas 03.12.08

With the crowds abandoning the High Street for the comfort of online shopping, there’s still the issue of visiting several different stores to get everything you need for Christmas gifts for friends, family and colleagues. There is a great – and green – solution now, with online ethical store Get Ethical www.getethical.com

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Ethical Consumerism Report 2007 28.11.08

Household expenditure on ethical goods and services has almost doubled in the past five years according to the eighth Co-operative Bank Ethical Consumerism Report published 30th November 2007.

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18 Fairtrade ideas for Fairtrade Fortnight 28.02.08

With Fairtrade Fortnight reaching the end of its first week, the Fairtrade Foundation has come up with a18 tips and nuggets of Fairtrade information to spread the word about the UK’s fastest growing grocery sector.

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Adam Smith Institute’s ‘UnFairTrade’ 493 million say Nay 27.02.08

The Adam Smith Institute, the people that tried to sell us the poll tax, rail privatisation, and deregulated buses, have chosen Fairtrade Fortnight to publish Marc Sidwell’s ‘UnFair Trade’, a neo-liberal diatribe against the principals of Fairtrade. With Fairtrade sales of £493 million in 2007 nobody is buying their hokum.

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Fairtrade sales grow 81% in 2007 to £493 million 27.02.08

Sales of Fairtrade products in 2007, announced to coincide with the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February – 9 March 2008) set a new pace for international trade. As the two-week annual campaign entitled Change Today. Choose Fairtrade gets underway across the UK , the Fairtrade Foundation reveals an increase of estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products to £493m, a huge 81% increase on 2006 sales of £273m.

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Fairtrade- What does it mean to you? 22.02.08

With Fairtrade Fortnight upon us, Linda Sones, who runs the organic textile site for babies, sonesuk.com, talks about why Fairtrade cotton is so vital for a sustainable, and just, future for the textile industry.

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Special offer on 4 great Equality Fairtrade Chilean wines 21.02.08

Chilean Fairtrade wine range Equality is part of in store promotions across the UK timed to co-incide with Fairtrade Fortnight, 25th Feb- 9th March. You can taste the wine at the Fairtrade Fair on London’s South Bank on Sunday 24th or profit from the special promotion at Asda, Booths, Morrisons or Threshers.

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Two inspiring reads for Fairtrade Fortnight 24th Feb-9th March 21.02.08

Two new books will hit the shelves in time for Fairtrade Fortnight, aimed at foodies and philosophers alike. The Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook is a compilation of the nation’s best-loved Fairtrade recipes from chefs, celebrities. Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade battles by Harriet Lamb explores how Fairtrade has grown to become a global movement that is revolutionising the way we shop.

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Fairtrade Fairground attractions- 24th February 21.02.08

The Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb-9th March) kicks off with a great Fairtrade Fair on London’s South Bank on Sunday 24th, 11am-4pm. The two weeks of fun and activity throughout the country celebrates the over 3,000 Fairtrade products now available in the UK. Be sure to check out your local Fairtrade Fortnight activities and join in.

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Business as usual for the big 4 retailers after Competition Commission enquiry 20.02.08

The Competition Commission provisional findings on the £120 billion grocery sector would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. With 75% of the UK’s grocery sales controlled by the big 4 retailers the Commission has decided that what the country needs is more supermarkets, not less, at the cost of what remains of local economies.

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100, 000 Co-op Shoppers Register Support for Food Ethical Policy 06.02.08

After the largest survey ever done of shoppers ethical concerns the Co-op acts to strengthen its commitment to Fairtrade, animal welfare and the environment. The survey shows that Fairtrade is judged the most important ethical criteria.

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Traidcraft launch 100% recycled tissues to get to the bottom of unfair trade 04.12.07

This week the pioneering fair trade organisation launches a new range of 100% recycled domestic tissue products displaying the eye-catching slogans: ‘I’m flushing away unfair trade’ on the loo roll, ‘I’m cleaning up trade injustice’ on the kitchen roll and ‘I’m blowing poverty away’ on the tissues.

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Ethical market worth £32.3bn in 2006 30.11.07

The Co-op Bank’s ethical consumerism report for 2006 show the sector has grown from 29.3 billion in 2005 to £32.3bn in 2006. Household spending on ethical goods and services is now £664, up from just £366 in 2002 an 81% increase in five years.

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Co-op introduces UK’s 1st organic fairtrade ale 26.10.07

The Co-op has introduced the UK’s first bottled beer that is both Fairtrade and organic. Brewed by one of the UK’s leading microbreweries, Freeminer, the new Co-op Organic Fairtrade Premium Ale uses organic, floor malted, handmade malt and traditional organic hops from Germany.

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Organic produce can be air freighted if fairly traded says Soil Association 26.10.07

The Soil Association decision to allow air freight on the condition of fairer trade is welcome but only if the association radically improves it own Ethical Trade Standards and it works with producers to move to surface transport argues Peter Shield.

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Starbucks 0 Ethiopian Coffee growers 1 31.08.07

Fairtrade and organic food pioneers Equal Exchange will be the first company to become licensed distributors for speciality Ethiopian coffee in the UK under a new trading agreement that will benefit some of the world’s poorest farmers.

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Co-op to introduce world’s first Fairtrade grapefruit 20.07.07

The Co-op, the UK’s leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade, is to become the first retailer to stock a Fairtrade grapefruit. South Africa’s citrus farmers have turned around what was a failing sector to the benefit of workers across the Limpopo region.

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Who are today’s ethical consumers? 03.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of Natural Choices, looks at the latest research on ethical consumption, and how ethical consumers profiles have changed in the last six years. Which sectors will continue to grow and what are the blocking points?

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Building an ethical vegetable supply chain- Traidcraft Guide 19.06.07

Sourcing vegetables from developing countries is now an essential part of a food retailers business, yet what are the key issues that a buyer must take into consideration. A report from Fairtrade promoter Traidcraft outlines the key issues.

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Co-op wine pays Fairtrade Dividend 14.06.07

The Co-op, the largest Fairtrade retailer in the UK, handed over its second Social Premium payment of £90,404 to the Du Toitskloof wine co-operative in South Africa.

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Plastic Ain’t My Bag- campaign builds for Christmas 2007 12.06.07

We Are What We Do, the people who brought us “I’m not a Plastic Bag”, and "Change the World for a Fiver", launches its first high profile national campaign to unite shoppers and shops for a plastic bag free Christmas.

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Whole Foods Market- it’s here and it’s huge 07.06.07

During the war American GI’s arrived in London bearing chewing gum and, rather strangely, nylon stockings, unseen luxuries for Britain’s besieged population. Now they are back again but this time armed with 17 different types of organic coffee beans.

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Peter Melchett Interview 30.05.07

Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association talks to Natural Choices editor Peter Shield about the Soil Association’s Air Freight Green Paper.

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Sainsbury’s goes coconuts about Fairtrade 30.05.07

Sainsbury’s, the UK leading Fairtrade supermarket announced that it is to source all its coconuts from Fairtrade producers in St Lucia. This follows on the recent announcement that from July 2007 all Sainsbury’s bananas will from Fairtrade sources

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Soil Association- Organic and air freight, are they compatible? 29.05.07

Should organically grown Kenyan Green beans be given a Soil Association organic label if they have been air freighted into the UK? Air freight represents 1% of British food miles and 11% of it’s transport related CO2 emissions. .

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LEAF sustainable farming marque takes off at Waitrose 27.04.07

Waitrose promises that by 2010 all its fresh, prepared and frozen fruit, vegetables and flowers will either be organic, certified by the Soil Association, or have qualified for the LEAF marque.

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Bags of Change- Over the shoulder ethical loyalty scheme 26.04.07

A cool organic hemp-cotton tote bag that gives you 5% discount on Fairtrade and organic products in your local independent shops- not accepted at any large multiple superstore.

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Fairtrade fastest growing sector in the UK market 26.02.07

UK sales of Fairtrade products have almost doubled within the last 12 months and now stand at least £300 million per year, according to the Fairtrade Foundation, which is now seeking £50 million from governments in the UK and abroad to finance its growth.

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Marks and Spencers kicks off 2007 with a £200 million eco-plan 24.01.07

“Plan A” is a 100 point, 5 year programme to make the high street retailer carbon neutral, and set new standards in ethical retail, as well as end all waste to landfill sites, increase sustainable sourcing and help staff and customers to lead a healthier life.

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