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Posted on July 22, 2019. Filed under: Carshalton, Chocolate, Event, Fairtrade Fortnight, News, Sutton Council, Wallington |

Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August

Come and visit our Fairtrade Stall

Environmental Fair, Carshalton Park,

Click here for more on the Environmental Fair.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Theme – She Deserves a Living Income.

Many cocoa farmers, men and women, are underpaid, exploited and can’t earn enough to live on. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight campaign was based on the story of women cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and how Fairtrade supports and empowers women. Click here to learn more.

Local Fairtrade Fortnight Events

Sat Feb 16th – Fairtrade stall and short film at afternoon and evening shows at the Community Cinema at Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road. Fairtrade chocolate cakes made by members of St. Nicholas church were very popular!

Sat March 9th – Fairtrade stall, all day at Sutton Central Library. The Mayor, Steve Cook, visited and gave his support.

Fairtrade Displays in all Sutton Borough libraries were prominent throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.

See also:

Dates For Your Diary

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Mon 24th February – Sunday 8th March

Click here for more information about next year’s events.

Did you celebrate World Chocolate Day on 7th July 2019?

Six million people globally depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fairtrade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.

Facts about Fairtrade chocolate

1. In 1994, Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate bar became the first Fairtrade-certified product in the UK.

2. Divine chocolate company. Launched in 1998, it was the first farmer-owned confectionery brand in the UK.

3. Cocoa is produced in tropical environments between 10ºN and 10ºS of the Equator.  Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are the top selling countries.

4. Cocoa trees yield pods at peak production levels by the fifth year, but for all their hard work, cocoa farmers gain very little from a profitable global cocoa trade.

5. Most cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire live on less than $1 a day. Poverty, and related issues such as child labour, is the key challenge faced by cocoa growing communities. With Fairtrade sales, farmer cooperatives receive the Fairtrade Premium which they spend on improving the quality and productivity of their farms, to increase incomes.

6. 25% of all Fairtrade cocoa growers are women.

7. Education is key to the future. Fairtrade Africa currently trains cocoa farmers in financial management, governance, good agricultural practices, gender and child labour.

8. Fairtrade chocolate accounts for 12% of total sales in the UK – and the trend for Fairtrade-certified cocoa is growing.

(Source: Fairtrade Foundation)

Check out and enjoy Fairtrade chocolate bars in your supermarket and local stores.

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Fairtrade vending now available

Posted on January 19, 2015. Filed under: News, Shops |

We have heard from a compay based in Kent who are a dedicated Fairtrade business that actively supports and promotes Fairtrade products.

They have told us that they are the first company in the UK to provide brand hot beverage machines and snack machine with Fairtrade branding – all of which was approved by the Fairtrade Foundation.  Their portfolio of Fairtrade branded machines include table top and free standing bean to cup, fresh brew, instant and incup hot drinks systems and a Fairtrade branded combination snack, can & bottle vendor.

Their wide range of certified Fairtrade products includes, teas, coffees, hot chocolate, sugar, snacks, chocolate bars and dried fruit and nuts, whether it be for tins of coffee and tea bags for the office of ingredients for vending machines, Fairtrade Vending offers a one stop shop for all Fairtrade requirements.

Their customers include Comic Relief, the charity Shelter, Banbury Town Council, Powys County Council, Medway NHS Trust and Field Studies Council.

They work closely with such organisations as Barry Callabaut with their world renowned Van Houten range of hot chocolate, Drink me Chai – with their caffeine and gluten free Spice chai latte – the latest high street trend.

If you want to find out more about their services, get in touch with them directly.

Contact:  Mike Steel

Company Name:  Fairtrade Vending Ltd

Address:  Unit 1, Henley Business Park, Medway City Estate, Kent, ME2 4FR.

Tel:  01634 726 163

Fairtrade Vending

Fairtrade Beverage Systems


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Fairtrade in Keyna

Posted on December 10, 2014. Filed under: Kenya, News, Reports |

One of our members picked up some information from an article she read in The Tablet of 3 August 2013 by Tim Aldred, Head of policy and research at the Fairtrade Foundation, about Kenya and Fairtrade.
Fairtrade products are being made available to the Kenyan public through African supermarkets.  Research showed that there could be a significant market for distinctively Kenyan products such as maize flour as well as the more familiar fresh fruit, coffee and sugar, among the relatively affluent Kenyan middle classes; professionals working in the cities often have strong family ties to rural areas and are keen to support rural farmers.
A Fairtrade Marketing Organisation in Eastern Africa has been set up and is actively promoting the sale in Kenya of such products as: Dormans Safari Coffee and Kericho gold tea (both supplied from Kenyan farms).
Following the launch earlier this year it is hoped between £5 and £7 million worth of Fairtrade goods could find their way into Kenyan homes by 2015.


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Look out for our posters

Posted on May 14, 2014. Filed under: News |

Sutton Council tell us they have  handed out our new posters to the Parks for display in the community notice boards and they have also been sent to all libraries.  Look out for them!

Do let us know where you see them.


2013 - A4 Poster V3 (green)

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