10,000 Fair Trade Certified Products Now on U.S. Store Shelves; New Ingredients Policy for Product Transparency & Greater Impact for Farmers and Workers
Oakland, Calif. (September 21, 2011)—Fair Trade USA, the leading U.S. certifier of Fair Trade products, today released the latest SPINS sales figures, showing overwhelming growth across mainstream, gourmet and specialty grocery channels. The nonprofit organization also announced an updated ingredients policy to dramatically increase product transparency and maximize impact for farmers and workers. Additionally, Fair Trade USA announced that there are now 10,000 Fair Trade Certified™ products on U.S.
New York (September 19, 2011) —Fair Trade USA, the leading U.S. certifier of Fair Trade products, today launched a new innovation strategy—Fair Trade for All—to double U.S. sales for Fair Trade farmers and extend Fair Trade benefits to millions of additional farmers and workers by 2015. This bold new vision will generate significantly more additional income and community development funding for farming communities around the world.
Fairtrade International (FLO) and Fair Trade USA share a belief in the importance of empowering producers and workers around the world to improve their lives through better terms of trade. However, as we look to the future, we recognize that we have different perspectives on how best to achieve this common mission.
As a consequence, Fair Trade USA has decided to resign its membership from Fairtrade International (FLO) effective December 31, 2011.
New partnership supports global research to strengthen coffee communities and secure future supplies of sustainably-produced coffee
OAKLAND, CA and COLLEGE STATION, TX (July, 27 2011) – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, and the Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative (GCQRI), a collaborative research program of the specialty coffee industry, today announce a strategic partnership to provide industry-leading research to help all members of the Fair Trade coffee supply chain face the challenges of climate change.