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

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.

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