Ben & Jerry’s has four new Fairtrade certified Core Flavors for you to enjoy: Peanut Butter Fudge, Salted Caramel, That’s My Jam, and Hazed & Confused. Which one will you try first?
All Ben & Jerry’s flavors, including two of their newest, are Fairtrade certified. Try Couch Potato and Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch today.
Happy National Ice Cream Month! Beat the July heat with this recipe from Divine Chocolate.
Makes about 1 1/4 quarts for 6 servings
3-inch by 1-inch piece fresh ginger
2 cups light cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 (3.5-oz) bars Divine 70% Dark Chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) Cabot Lowfat Vanilla Bean Greek-Style Yogurt
About 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
Two farmers visiting from Ghana’s Kuapa Kokoo cooperative – part owners of Divine Chocolate – took part in a Fairtrade America Pop-Up Café in Washington, D.C. today. Christiana Adusei and Afriye Kwesi Boateng spoke with the crowd gathered at the Georgetown Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop about Kuapa Kokoo and the benefits of fair trade.
Fairtrade America Board Chair Bama Athreya (right) presents Christiana Adusei of Ghana’s Kuapa Kokoo cooperative, part owner of Divine Chocolate, with a t-shirt during the Fairtrade America Pop-Up Café.
Special thanks to everyone from Ben & Jerry’s, Divine Chocolate, FreshBlooms, Glee Gum and Wholesome Sweeteners for donating samples of their Fairtrade products and for all their support in making the Pop-Up Café a success.
Pop-Up Café participants pictured above are (from left to right) Amanda White of Divine Chocolate, Sean Greenwood of Ben & Jerry’s, Bama Athreya of Fairtrade America, Afriye Kwesi Boateng of Kuapa Kokoo, Enrique Hennings of Fairtrade America, Christiana Adusei of Kuapa Kokoo, Andre Hennings of Fairtrade America, Suzanne Jardine of Fairtrade Canada and Awilda Jackson of FreshBlooms.
More photos of the event are available here.
Fairtrade International CEO Harriet Lamb, Carlos Vargas Masis of Fairtrade International’s Global Operations Team and CLAC President Marike de Peña were in Boston today, joining Fairtrade America staff, Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim and other fair trade supporters for a ceremonial Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day kickoff at Boston’s City Hall, where they took the opportunity to express a shared commitment to make trade fairer for farmers and workers.
Ben & Jerry’s is transitioning all eligible ingredients to Fairtrade certified by the end of 2013, and you’ll find the Fairtrade mark on several of their flavors already. Read Ben & Jerry’s press release.
Boston City Councilor Mike Ross – who spearheaded the 2010 effort to have Boston designated a Fair Trade town was joined by global fair trade supporters to scoop the first ceremonial Fairtrade Ice Cream Scoop on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. From left to right: Equal Exchange Natural Foods Manager Nicole Vitello, Fair Trade Boston Director Ryan Scott McDonnell, Boston City Councilor Mike Ross, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Producer Organizations (CLAC) President Marike de Peña, Carlos Vargas Masis of Setecoop and member of Fairtrade International’s Global Operations Team, Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim (Photo: Ben & Jerry’s)
Today is going to be a good day. How do we know, you ask? Because today is FREE CONE DAY at Ben & Jerry’s! And to make the day even sweeter, you can enjoy your cone a little bit more knowing that your ice cream is compromised of Fair Trade ingredients.
In 2010, Ben & Jerry’s set a goal to source 100 % Fair Trade ingredients by the end of 2013. And they’ve almost reached it. This is a monumental accomplishment, seeing as though the company is responsible for fifty-eight flavors compromised of hundreds of ingredients. And yet, they’re determined to make it work.
Asked why they’ve committed to transitioning their products into using fair trade ingredients Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Jerry Greenfield stated, “Fairtrade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of fair trade goes to the heart of our values and the sense of right and wrong. Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.”
So what are you waiting for? Go grab your free cone!