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OAKLAND, Calif. (December 5, 2012) - Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, today announced that Michael Besancon, former Senior Global Vice President of Purchasing, Communications and Distribution for Whole Foods Market, has been elected to the nonprofit organization’s Board of Directors.
November 20th 2012 London – Food security and waste are focal themes of the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit ( With the US experiencing its most extensive and severe drought in over 25 years, the summit discusses the implications to global food supply chains and the role of sustainable agriculture in improving food security.

Fair Trade USA expands fresh produce program with introduction of new farms and varieties; imports into the U.S. and Canada increase by more than 40 percent.

OAKLAND, Calif. (October 25, 2012)  – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announced significant growth and expansion of its Fair Trade Certified™ fresh produce program. Data shows strong growth across nearly every source country and product, resulting in more than 71.5 million pounds of Fair Trade Certified fresh fruit and vegetables imported in 2011, a 40 percent increase over 2010.

Fair Trade USA Launches Campaign to Increase Awareness of Fair Trade and Deliver Record Impact to Farmers and Workers across the Globe

OAKLAND, CALIF. (Oct. 1, 2012) – Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, kicked off the ninth-annual Fair Trade Month today with the launch of a campaign that underscores the power consumers have to make every purchase matter. In 2012 alone, more than 120 new Fair Trade Certified™ products were launched, making it possible for shoppers to find the label in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, in restaurants and cafes, and online.  
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