By Jonathan Bardeline
OAKLAND, CA — Imports of Fair Trade certified cocoa, citrus, sugar and honey soared in 2010, reports Fair Trade USA, which also found that adding the Fair Trade label to coffee boosts sales.
While the amount of Fair Trade coffee and overall produce imports stayed steady, a larger chunk of each was organic.
By Christopher Shea
A significant number of consumers will opt for “Fair Trade” coffee over the alternatives, a new study finds. And they’ll continue to buy it even in the face of an 8% price hike.
The study took place in 26 stores of an unnamed upscale chain.
A few weeks ago I took a drive down to Orange County to check out the Natural Products Expo West 2011, one of the world's largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show with more than 3,500 exhibitors and more than 58,000 attendees inside 1 million square feet of exhibition halls at the Anaheim Convention Center. I spent four hours wandering the aisles, tasting samples and talking to exhibitors, and by the time I left the show, I was pretty buzzed.
Health-minded foodies are discovering virtuous new ways to get their tender beef, crispy cookies and cheesy-eggy bread puddings. And they're keeping fit by baling hay or picking fruit at new rustic-luxe farm stays.