Fairtrade Bonanza

Fairtrade HomeWith Fairtrade Fortnight just around the corner, we think it’s a good opportunity to take a moment to celebrate this wonderful initiative and the help it brings to so many lives.

What is Fairtrade?
It’s an ethical approach to enable many workforces in the world to live and work in fair conditions, to work for fair pay, to gain support to continue to produce quality products and to sustain and develop their community and environment around them.

Is it more Expensive?
Not really. Many supermarkets are coming up with their own brand of Fairtrade products now, so the higher priced brands don’t have the monopoly of the market any more. In particular, coffees and teas can be found in many shops with own brand labels, high street coffee shops and fast food establishments are also now proudly flying the Fairtrade emblem from their premises.

Does the money REALLY go direct to the Farmers and Communities?
Absolutely. By the time the product gets to the retailer, the better deal has already been made to the producer and community, the retailer is the one that decides the end selling price according to their own running costs.

Does Fairtrade take away in the incentive for producers to improve quality?
Apparently not. When looking at the list of food and taste awards achieved, there is a high percentage of Fairtrade products out there. It could be argued that communities living good lives based on their farming would produce pride in their work and a desire to maintain quality.

Fairtrade support is so easy to give. Just swop your usual choices for ones with the Fairtrade logos. These can be found on nuts, butters, dried fruits, coffees, teas, chocolate, sugar, rice and grains, gold, cotton, flowers, wine, beauty products, of course, bananas and the list is growing!

So, keep your eyes peeled, look out of the logo and help support communities to develop and work. We all deserve to be treated fairly.

Blackstrap Ginger cookies recipe.

Products we sell that are Fair Trade

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