Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sam’s Club(R) Introduces Fair Trade Certified(TM) Wine

- MarketWatch

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Urban Grace holds first ever fair trade craft sale

- Tacoma Weekly, WA

Just in time for the start of holiday shopping, Urban Grace Church in downtown Tacoma is partnering with Trinity Presbyterian Church to hold its first-ever fair trade craft sale Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring a wide assortment of handmade gifts, home and holiday décor, musical instruments, jewelry and personal accessories, the sale will help skilled artisans in more than 36 countries receive a fair price for their products. The sale will also be a benefit for shoppers who will find all kinds of unique and special gifts. (more…)

Despite the economy, an Evanston fair-trade shop is doing just fine

- Medill Reports, IL

Kaboombas are flying off the shelves at the Evanston Ten Thousand Villages shop.

The Kaboomba, also known as the Galimoto, is a hand-crafted bicycle man made from scrap material in Ghana. The $6 toy is simple but amusing and hugely popular with customers, said store manager Doug Horst.

Unusual products like these are keeping the nonprofit store busy despite the economic crisis. While month to month sales have fluctuated, performance has been fairly steady when compared with the year earlier period. (more…)

Sam’s Club(R) Introduces Fair Trade Certified(TM) Wine

- Market Watch

Sam’s Club members will find a new choice in the wine aisles this month with the launch of the chain’s first Fair Trade Certified(TM) wine, Neu Direction(TM), a 100 percent Malbec from the renowned winegrowing region of Lujan de Cuyo near Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is one of only a handful to receive this status in the inaugural year of the groundbreaking Fair Trade Wine certification program in the U.S. (more…)

Bedford man brews ‘organic fair-trade’ beer

- Bedford Minuteman, MA

Bedford resident Jon Cadoux has been brewing beer for 10 years as the co-founder of Peak Organic Brewing Company.

Recently, Cadoux and co-founder, Geoff Masland, released its newest brew called Espresso Amber Ale.

The Espresso Amber Ale is brewed with Maine-roasted, organic fair trade espresso in collaboration with Coffee By Design. The beer is in partnership with Transfair, a nonprofit that works to ensure that farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair, above-market prices, helping to support a better life for farming families, community development and environmental stewardship. Peak Organic Espresso Ale is the first Fair Trade-certified beer brewed in the United States. (more…)

All coffees not created equal; local businesses use coffee created under fair trade regulations

- Daily Illini, IL

Most students can tell you whether they like coffee – and they may be able to tell you their favorite coffee shop, which they frequent most likely out of habit or for the ambiance. But very few can tell you where the coffee they buy comes from, how many hands might have touched it or how much the farmer who grew the beans earned at the end of the day.

But there are those students who keep in mind when they enter a coffee shop that each cup of coffee comes from somewhere – that a farmer most likely picked the beans on a plot of land in South America or Africa. These are often the students who ask for fair trade coffee. (more…)

‘Fair Trade Fridays’ promise coffee

- SMC Collegian, CA

The Mission and Ministry Center is beginning a project to educate the campus about the economic and social justice movement known as fair trade.

On Friday morning, the first of a series of monthly events known as “Fair Trade Fridays” was held at the Mission and Ministry Center’s lounge, near the Chapel. Fair trade coffee, tea and chocolates were available.

Rebecca Sallee, associate director of Lasallian mission, said that the products were bought from Lasalle High School in Yakima, Washington, which is involved in a project to find and sell fair trade products. (more…)

Montclair brews a fair-trade pot of coffee

- The Star-Ledger, NJ

Maxwell House Special Delivery has been the java of choice in Montclair’s town hall, where a coffee machine in a hallway off the manager’s office provides the daily caffeine fix.

But Maxwell House’s “good to the last drop” blend, which traces its aromatic origins to 1892 and whose slogan is attributed to a 1907 comment by President Theodore Roosevelt, might not be welcome in town hall.

In its place might be the fair- trade variety — the product of a resolution, adopted by the governing body, that declares Montclair to be a “fair trade town.” (more…)

International Education Week Fair Trade Sale Supports the Efforts of Artisans Around the World

- Pacific University, OR

The Pacific University International Club and Humanitarian Center will support the efforts of artisans around the world by selling their handmade gifts, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on November 20th, 21st, and 22nd in the Washburne University Center of the Forest Grove campus. This event offers a unique opportunity for people in the Forest Grove community to invest in their world by shopping fair trade. Shoppers will also learn more about skilled artisans in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. This is part of Pacific’s celebration of International Education Week, an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State that highlights the the importance of international student exchange and global awareness education. (more…)

When Chocolate Is a Way of Life

- New York Times

ON an island in the Napo River in Ecuador’s Amazonian rain forest, in a tin-roofed hut on stilts, live some of the world’s most unusual entrepreneurs.

César and Magdalena Dahua grow cacao, along with pineapples, vanilla, avocados, cassava, coffee, oranges and plantains. As they hack off the football-shaped fruit of the cacao trees, their three youngest daughters run barefoot nearby. The girls stop to suck the sticky white pulp that envelops the cacao beans in the pods. It tastes like Sour Patch candies. (more…)