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Fairtrade Sales Reach Almost €5 Billion

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Fairtrade Sales Reach Almost €5 Billion

Fairtrade Sales Reach Almost €5 Billion
July 18
11:18 2012

€4.9 billion ($6.6 billion) was spent globally on Fairtrade certified products last year, according to figures by Fairtrade International. Around the globe, retail sales of Fairtrade certified products increased by a total of 12% compared to 2010. In Fairtrade’s biggest market, the UK, shoppers spent 12% more on Fairtrade products. In Fairtrade’s first and oldest market, the Netherlands, Fairtrade sales grew by 24%.

Meanwhile, growth of Fairtrade sales in new countries is skyrocketing. South Africans spent more than three times more on Fairtrade certified products in 2011 over 2010. In its first year with a national Fairtrade organization, sales in South Korea registered at Eur17 million. Products with the FAIRTRADE Mark are now available to people in more than 120 countries.

Sales grew steadily across all of the leading Fairtrade products: coffee by 12%, cocoa by 14%, bananas 9%, sugar 9%, tea 8%, and flowers by 11%.

“Fairtrade is the norm for millions of people. It is a part of the regular weekly shopping. And now sales of Fairtrade certified products are taking off in new countries, as entirely new groups of people discover Fairtrade for the first time,” points out Tuulia Syvaenen, executive operations officer at Fairtrade International.

Strong Fairtrade sales are great news for the more than 1.2 million farmers and workers working at 991 Fairtrade certified producer organisations in 66 countries. In addition to the income they earned from sales of Fairtrade products, farmers and workers earned an extra Eur65 million in Fairtrade Premium in 2011. They spent this money on projects that they decided upon democratically, such as farm improvements, education, healthcare and community projects.

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