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    Gifts that Give Back

    13 December 2018 by Fairtrade America Team

    As the holidays approach, we know you're likely still searching for that perfect gift! Consider how you might double the joy this season by purchasing gifts that are sustainable, ethical, and fair?


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    A World of Cooperatives

    13 December 2018 by Hans Theyer, Executive Director

    There’s an indelible connection between grocery co-ops and independent retailers in the United States and the small-scale farmers around the world who have banded together to improve lives in their communities through Fairtrade. 

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    Cocoa farmers to earn more with higher Minimum Price

    4 December 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Fairtrade consultation results in higher minimum price for cocoa sales on Fairtrade terms & introduction of innovative living income benchmarks for cocoa in Ghana & Ivory Coast, as part of Fairtrade’s strategy to enable living incomes

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    The Ultimate Fairtrade Friendsgiving Menu

    15 November 2018 by Naledi Sekgapane, Marketing and External Relations Intern

    Fairtrade your Friendsgiving to create the most memorable feast this year with our Ultimate Friendsgiving Menu! Whether you’re playing host or are an honored guest, these mouthwatering recipes use ethically-sourced ingredients that will excite your taste buds and leave your conscience clear.

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    Recipe: Fairtrade Chocolate Truffles

    2 November 2018 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    Get to know Alli O’Connell, our new Marketing & Accounts Manager, by learning about a few of her favorite things. Not only is she passionate about Fairtrade, she is an accomplished baker with a new recipe for a sweet, powerful and shareable treat this holiday season!


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    Fairtrade Tops $9 Billion in Global Sales for First Time on 8% Growth

    26 October 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Global sales of Fairtrade products rose by 8 percent to nearly $9.2 billion in 2017, generating Fairtrade Premiums of more than $193 million for farmers’ and workers’ organizations. The US now ranks as the third largest market for Fairtrade goods behind the United Kingdom and Germany. Retail sales in the US topped $1 billion.

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    Scare Up Some Fairness This Halloween

    9 October 2018 by Najy Kamal, Digital Communications Manager

    October isn’t just about ghouls and goblins – it’s also about fairness for farmers. 

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    What Price, Bananas? New Report Reveals the Hidden Damage in Bunches

    4 October 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Bananas may be the most familiar fruit on grocery store shelves, but behind that billboard-bright exterior are steep external costs that take a heavy toll on the planet and people. New research from Fairtrade conducted by True Price/Trucost reveals the hidden social and environmental damage in a box of bananas.

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    The Evolution and Revolution of Fairtrade at Coliman

    3 October 2018 by Hans Theyer, Executive Director, Fairtrade America

    Hans Theyer visited one of Coliman’s banana farms in Colima, Mexico, in Autumn 2016. Fairtrade America works with companies such as this to adhere to the strict Fairtrade standards that help workers get a better deal. By following these standards, Coliman is proud to use the Fairtrade Mark sticker on their bananas. Hans recounts his trip to their farm and what he sees as the future for Fairtrade.

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    Drip, drip, Drop: Tumbling coffee price puts farmers in peril

    25 September 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    The global price for coffee hit a 12-year low recently jeopardizing the livelihoods of the 17.7 million small-scale farmers who produce over 80 percent of the world’s coffee. The volatility of international coffee prices leaves many wondering what the future holds for farmers and the industry. Learn more and find out how you can help.

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