FDBusiness.com

Fairtrade sees support from UK consumers

 Breaking News
  • HKScan Strengthens its Meals Offering With Investment in Estonia HKScan, the leading Nordic food company, plans to invest in its Rakvere unit in Estonia. The €8 million investment will go towards modernising the unit’s frying department, including the expansion of the building and the installation of new cooking and packaging lines enabling implementation of new technologies and packaging solutions. Construction is to commence in [...]...
  • Food and Drink is at the Heart of the UK’s Largest Packaging Show Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 28 February-1 March 2018, and is set to be the most innovative show to date. With over 290 exhibitors already signed up, the UK’s largest annual event for the entire packaging supply chain will feature the latest industry innovations and technologies, alongside a major free-to-attend [...]...
  • AGRO Merchants Group Acquires Grocontinental AGRO Merchants Group, a global leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, announced today the acquisition of UK-based Grocontinental Limited. This transaction reinforces AGRO’s position as the leading cold storage and logistics provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland, deepens its commodity expertise, and substantially enhances its value-added service offerings for customers. David Grocott and Linda Grocott, third generation owners of [...]...
  • Trade Fair and More – The Event and Congress Programme For Anuga FoodTec 2018 Resource efficiency will be the primary focus of Anuga FoodTec 2018, the leading international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry, which will be held in Cologne, Germany from 20 to 23 March 2018. Around 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will be presenting their new products for the production and packing of [...]...
  • TINE to Invest €77 Million in New Jarlsberg Plant in Ireland TINE, Norway’s largest farmer-owned dairy co-operative, is to invest €77 million in a dairy with the capacity to produce 20,000 tonnes of Jarlsberg cheese a year. The goal is to secure and strengthen Jarlsberg sales outside of Norway as export supports are phased out in 2020. This will make export of Jarlsberg from Norway unprofitable. “Jarlsberg [...]...

Fairtrade sees support from UK consumers

March 04
14:45 2016

TeaVolumes of Fairtrade tea, coffee, cocoa and bananas all grew in the UK in 2015 as consumers showed support for Fairtrade, according to the organisation, and these increased volumes will, it said, lead to greater financial premiums to Fairtrade farmers and workers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean.

Fairtrade reported positive volume growth in four out of the five main Fairtrade food categories – coffee, tea, bananas and cocoa – and said that this sent a strong signal that shoppers and businesses are still standing up for Fairtrade, despite the tough grocery market.

“These figures show that British shoppers remain committed to Fairtrade, despite the turbulence in the grocery market,” said CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation Michael Gidney. “That’s good news for those businesses offering Fairtrade products. “We’re delighted to see increases in most of the categories for which Fairtrade is best known – this means more producers are getting a better deal for the food they grow for us.”

Commodities seeing strong volume growth were as follows:

  • Coffee: 12%
  • Tea: 3%
  • Bananas: 5%
  • Cocoa products: 6%

In real terms, the organisation said that the growth in volumes means that in 2015, the UK’s appetite for Fairtrade meant:

  • More than 88 million more Fairtrade bananas were eaten, compared to 2014.
  • The nation’s love affair with Fairtrade coffee showed no signs of abating, with an estimated 255 million more cups drunk in 2015 compared to 2014
  • An additional 184 million cups of Fairtrade tea were brewed n 2015, compared to 2014.

However, not all Fairtrade products fared as well in 2015. In particular, changes in EU market regulations on sugar had created a collapse in sales of cane sugar, said the Foundation, as it had warned in its 2015 report Sugar Crash. Volumes of Fairtrade sugar declined by 36% in 2015, compared to 2014, spelling real challenges for the many thousands of small-scale cane growers dependent on cane exports to the EU for their livelihood.

The decline in the price of sugar in Europe has led to a shift away from cane towards domestic, subsidised beet sugar, delivering what Fairdtrade described as an effective triple whammy of reducing cane farmers’ livelihoods, reduced impacts for Fairtrade farming communities and much more cheaply available sugar at a time of national concern over obesity. Meanwhile sales of Fairtrade fresh and dried fruit and nuts also saw decline in 2015, as did Fairtrade cotton once again.

The Fairtrade Foundation’s initial estimates of the overall retail value of the UK Fairtrade market show a slight decline to around £1.6 billion in 2015, compared to £1.7 billion in 2014. However, if the collapse in the price and market for cane sugar is removed from the equation, overall Fairtrade sales grew by an average 4% in volume, whilst the retail value remained steady with around 1% growth.

“Sales in many commodities remain strong for Fairtrade, yet the irony of the EU flooding the market with cheap sugar at a time of increased concern over obesity is surely lost on no-one, with the added risk of pushing 200,000 farmers in developing countries back into poverty,” said Gidney.

For 2016, the Fairtrade Foundation said it remains cautiously optimistic, with recent announcements by a range of businesses to extending their commitments to buying on Fairtrade terms.

About Author

admin

admin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • January 8, 2018RAI Exhibition
  • January 16, 2018Sival Plant Production Trade Show
  • January 17, 2018Dutch Organic Trade Fair
  • January 17, 2018Anfas Food Product
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements