Monthly Archives: October 2008

Chesapeake woman spreads fair trade candy on Halloween

- The Virginian-Pilot, VA

As her boys stroll door-to-door hollering “trick or treat” this Halloween, Katherine Johnke will be right behind them with another message: “Fair trade chocolate!”

Johnke, 38, of Chesapeake, will give homeowners chocolates guaranteed not to be produced with child labor or unfair pricing for farmers. (more…)

Trick and Trade

- CBS 3 Springfield, MA

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A group of Hadley teens are putting a new spin on Trick or Treating. They’re trying to to change the kind of chocolate people buy to help kids half a world away. Instead of Trick or Treat it will be Trick and Trade. (more…)

Mankato ‘Reverse Trick-or-Treaters’ Give Fair Trade Chocolate


Trick-or-treaters in Mankato are spreading awareness about Fair Trade chocolate and problems with the global cocoa trade this Halloween.

A few hundred children are expected to participate in “reverse trick-or-treating,” giving chunks of chocolate to homeowners in exchange for candy. (more…)

Fairtrade coffee sales steady in economic downturn

- The Guardian, UK

Global sales of Fairtrade coffee are holding up well despite an economic slowdown, coffee dealers and farmers’ unions said on Thursday.

The Fairtrade system helps farmers and workers from poor countries to develop their communities through fairer terms of trade. The movement developed in the 1990s at a time of falling commodity prices. (more…)

Strategic Insights into the Full Potential of Fair Trade Cosmetics & Ingredients

- Market Watch

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Strategic Insights: The Potential of Fair Trade Cosmetics & Ingredients” report to their offering. (more…)

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Brews Worldly Cup

- United Business Media

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, a brand recognized for fostering the growth of the Fair Trade, organic movement, is pleased to announce its new line of World Market Reserve Teas exclusively available at Cost Plus World Market. (NASDAQ: CPWM) .

For centuries long, merchants from the remote and mysterious ports of India, Turkey, China and Sumatra depended on wandering bands of gypsy nomads who traveled from the Far East to Europe for their trade of exotic silks, aromatic oils and priceless spices and teas. From these same traveled paths, ports and world’s most beautiful gardens, come fresh, pure, Fair Trade and organic, leaves, herbs, fruits, flowers, spices and essential oils that make up the unique varietals of health-enhancing World Market Reserve Teas. (more…)

Starbucks to double purchases of fair trade coffee

- Business Week

Coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday it will double its purchases of fair trade certified coffee to 40 million pounds in 2009.

The move is part of the company’s “Shared Planet” initiative to do business “responsibly,” the company has said, by focusing on areas such as volunteerism and going greener, including using recyclable cups and reducing water usage. (more…)

Reverse-Trick-or-Treating: A sweet surprise at your door this Halloween


Thousands of costumed trick-or-treaters across Canada are turning the traditional Halloween ritual on its head; for the second year in a row, it is the trick-or-treaters who are handing out chocolate.

Hundreds of thousands of Fair Trade Certified chocolate samples will be given out across North America to raise awareness on the persistent problems of poverty in cocoa-growing communities, the use of exploited child labour in the cocoa fields of countries like Cote D’Ivoire, which produces 40 percent of the world’s cocoa, and the environmental damage resulting from unsustainable farming practices. Participants will reach nearly a quarter of a million households in Canada and the United States in a single night. (more…)

Making Mankato a ‘fair trade’ town

- Mankato Free Press

The potential for the Mankato community to become a designated “fair trade town” will be discussed at a public gathering Tuesday.

Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Mankato will host the 7 p.m. overview of fair trade practices relating to production and sale of such goods as coffee, tea and chocolate. A video will be shown on fair trade coffee production, given the fact that it’s the second most-traded commodity in the world behind oil. (more…)

A fair trade

- The Norman Transcript

A group of Norman residents are organizing to promote something near to their hearts: Fair trade.

“It is our obligation to do what is right, not only for ourselves but for our environment and for marginalized farmers and workers,” said Ajit Bhand, a math instructor at the University of Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, Bhand founded Norman Fair Trade, an action group that promotes fair trade products and raises awareness about fair trade. The group aims to help Norman become an official Fair Trade Town. (more…)