Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) published its annual guide to statistics for the 2010 U.S. market of Fair Trade Certified (FTC) products. Since FTUSA is the recognition system for about 90% of all Fair Trade goods sold in the U.S., its statistics tell important parts of the larger Fair Trade story.
Some key statistics include:
- FTC imports of coffee, flowers and produce remained about the same from 2009 to 2010. FTC imports for several food categories showed high growth: cocoa (67%), tea (38%), sugar (60%), vanilla/spices (97%), grains (13%) and honey (267%). Wine imports decreased 63%.
- Community development premium payments exceeded $14 million in 2010, an increase of 5% from 2009. 76% of the total came from coffee sales.
- The number of producer organizations has increased slightly, to 878 from 865. 92 new producer groups joined the FTC system in 2010, while 79 no longer participated.
- Producer groups in these 5 countries, out of 70 worldwide, represent 34% of all producer groups: Peru, Colombia, India, Kenya & Mexico.
- U.S. businesses sourced FTC goods from 330 producer organizations in 2010, down from 358 in 2009.
- The number of U.S. businesses sourcing FTC goods decreased from 813 in 2009 to 732 in 2010.
- The share of FTC imports by weight that are also certified organic increased to 62 percent, up from 47 percent in 2009.
- FTC coffee imports to the U.S. came from 21 countries, and 60% was imported from the biggest 4 countries: Peru (23%), Nicaragua(16%), Colombia (11%), and Indonesia (10%).
- More than 9,500 Fair Trade Certified products are now available in 60,000 U.S. retail locations, both up from around 6000 FTC products and 50,000 locations last year.
Lots more data on product imports, countries of origin, U.S. industry partners, producer groups and change rates in the Fair Trade USA 2010 Almanac.
Access FTUSA press release.