Monthly Archives: April 2012

Claremont, CA, Becomes 27th FTT in U.S.

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Claremont, California, became the 27th Fair Trade Town in the U.S. this week. The City Council voted on Tuesday to support a resolution of support for the city becoming a Fair Trade Town, the last step in meeting Fair Trade Towns USA’s 5 criteria. The city will receive national recognition, and the right to use a Fair Trade Town Claremont USA logo. Claremont became the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California.

More at FTT Claremont story

“How Should, or Shouldn’t, Fair Trade Be Applied to Producers in Developed Countries?” – Webinar Coming May 7

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Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) announces that Webinar #122 is coming May 7 to help inform a major issue in Fair Trade’s direction, “How Should, or Shouldn’t, Fair Trade Be Applied to Producers in Developed Countries?” The webinar is for the public to discuss implications and ask questions to 2 panelists:

1. Kerstin Lindgren, Domestic Fair Trade Association, Executive Director
2. Jonathan Rosenthal, Just Works Consulting, Partner (and Co-Founder of Equal Exchange)

See more details below.

Register for Webinar #122

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Voting Ends April 30 for “Best in Fair Trade” Awards

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Congratulations to the 14 finalists of “Best in Fair Trade” Awards! Finalists were selected from 46 organizations suggested by 60 public nominations. The public now votes until April 30 to pick 1 winner for each category.

FTRN created the contest since no awards existed to honor organizations across all major Fair Trade recognitions. Winners will be celebrated during World Fair Trade Day in May!

More at “Best in Fair Trade” Award finalists

FTF Welcomes 4 New Members As Fully Committed Businesses

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The Fair Trade Federation announced that 4 new members, all fully committed to Fair Trade, have joined in the past few months:

MarketPlace: Handwork of India was a founding member of FTF, and has worked with artisan cooperatives in India for over 25 years.  www.marketplaceindia.com

Level Ground Trading offers coffee, dried fruit, and sugar direct from small farmer cooperatives in six countries.  www.levelground.com

Ayindisa is a retailer working directly with artisan groups in Ghana. More at their store in Ridgefield, CT, or online at  www.ayindisa.com

Kamibashi
is a wholesaler of handmade products, working with artisans in Thailand who create a quirky, distinctive line of toys, bags, and more.  www.kamibashi.com

Fair Trade Certified U.S. Market Shows Some Changes in 2011 – Data Published in Fair Trade USA’s Annual Almanac

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Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) published its annual guide to statistics for the 2011 U.S. market of Fair Trade Certified (FTC) products. Since FTC was the recognition system for about 90% of all Fair Trade goods sold in the U.S. in 2011, its statistics tell important parts of the larger Fair Trade story.

Some key statistics include:

  • Community development premium payments due to U.S. imports reached a new high of $22 million in 2010, an increase of 50% from 2010. 77% of the total came from coffee sales.
  • The number of producer organizations exporting to any country has increased 17%, to 1030 from 878. 54% operated in Latin America, 31% in Africa, and 14% in Asia.
  • A record 138 million pounds of FTC coffee were imported into the United States, a 32% increase over 2010. Imports from 8 countries (Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Mexico & Brazil) comprised 87%.
  • FTC imports for several food categories showed high growth over 2010: Cocoa (156%), Produce/Bananas(40%), Coffee (32%), Sugar (31%), Tea (21%). Imports for vanilla/spices (2%), and flowers (0%) were about the same. Imports for Honey (-64%), Wine (-43%) & Rice/Quinoa (-26%), decreased.
  • More than 11,000 Fair Trade Certified products are now available in over 60,000 U.S. retail locations, both up from around 9500 FTC products and 60,000 locations last year.
  • New FTC products available in 2011 were cucumbers, bell peppers, and apparel/linens.
  • Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima, a 100% organic farm in Brazil, has become the world’s first FTC coffee estate (with hired workers).

Lots more data on product imports, premium payments, countries of origin, U.S. business partners, producer groups and change rates in the Fair Trade USA 2011 Almanac.

Free Power Point Overview of Fair Trade Now Updated

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The only nationally available Power Point show about an overview of Fair Trade in North America has now been revised, for the first time since November 2011. Thousands of people have downloaded this free resource produced by FTRN. Free to open as Read-Only.

Download FREE Power Point file

To edit the Power Point file, users need a password from the associated booklet (print or PDF version), “An Overview of  Fair Trade in N. America.”
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“Best in Fair Trade” Award Finalists Announced – Vote for Winners from April 16-30

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Congratulations to the 14 finalists of “Best in Fair Trade” Awards! Finalists were selected from 46 organizations suggested by 60 public nominations. The public now votes until April 30 to pick 1 winner for each category.

FTRN created the contest since no awards existed to honor organizations across all major Fair Trade recognitions. Winners will be celebrated during World Fair Trade Day in May!

More at “Best in Fair Trade” Award finalists

FLO Forming Consultative Group to Advise Business Strategy for USA

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Fairtrade International (FLO) is designing and building a new model and organizational structure for its Fairtrade system in the US, which intends to reflect the needs of the US market and the diverse group of stakeholders. To assure qualified and diverse input into the design of this US organization, and to reach FLO’s vision for the USA of a powerful, collaborative, diverse coalition that is united in its belief in producer development and empowerment, FLO desires to work with a Multi-stakeholder Consultative Group.

The Group will consist of up to 9 people representing the following areas: producer networks; civil society; independent/financial; industry; alternative trade organization; and FLO itself. Candidates can apply through April 20 according to the Terms of Reference.