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Fairtrade Fortnight Roundup

Posted 25 February 2008 by Trevor Bowden to Ecolabel News.

Fairtrade fortnight — designed to raise awareness of Fairtrade products — kicked off this week with some good news from the Fairtrade Foundation:

  • sale of Fairtrade goods rose 81% in 2007 to reach £493m
  • bananas accounted for more sales than any other Fairtrade item, at £150m
  • Fairtrade cotton sales saw the biggest rise, up 660% to nearly £35m.

(via BBC News: Fairtrade product sales rise 81%)

And more sweet news — Tate & Lyle, a sugar producer in the UK, is in the process of becoming Fairtrade certified across all of its sugar products — making it the largest UK firm to be Fairtrade certified.