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Consumers around the globe spent almost $8.8 billion (€5bn) on Fairtrade certified products last year, according to figures released today by Fairtrade International.
“Choosing Fairtrade is the norm for millions of people around the world. It’s becoming a bigger and bigger part of our regular weekly shopping and Kiwi consumers are continuing to increase their spend substantially,” said Stephen Knapp CEO of Fairtrade ANZ.
In New Zealand Kiwi consumers spent 24% more on products such as coffee, chocolate, bananas and tea in 2011 than they did in 2010 - twice the global increase amount of 12% for the same period. Total estimated retail sales of Fairtrade certified products in New Zealand reached $45.4 million last year.
Market share of Fairtrade certified products has hit decisive levels in a number of established Fairtrade markets. More than half (55%) of all bananas bought in Switzerland bear the FAIRTRADE Mark. In New Zealand after only entering the market in 2010 Fairtrade bananas have taken a 4-5% share with sales reaching $2.4 million in 2011.
Products with the FAIRTRADE Mark are now available to people in more than 120 countries worldwide and growth of Fairtrade sales in new countries is skyrocketing. South Africans spent more than three times more on Fairtrade certified products in 2011 over 2010. Shoppers there can buy Fairtrade products grown by farmers and workers in their own country. In its first year with a national Fairtrade organization, sales in South Korea registered at NZ$29.9 million.
Strong Fairtrade sales is great news for the more than 1.2 million farmers and workers at 991 Fairtrade certified producer organizations in 66 countries.
In addition to the income earned from sales of Fairtrade products, farmers and workers earned an extra NZ$114 million (€65m) in Fairtrade Premium. They spent this money on projects that they decided upon democratically. This included farm improvements and processing equipment, education and career training, community projects and healthcare.
Michael Toliman from the Neknasi Coffee Growers Cooperative Society recently toured New Zealand thanking Kiwis for their support of Fairtrade. “Coffee farmers have been struggling for many years, now Fairtrade brings everyone together across the world, we are one big happy Fairtrade family. Now at Neknasi we have better healthcare, better education and better income thanks to Fairtrade,” said Toliman.
WHAT IS FAIRTRADE?
WHY IS FAIRTRADE IMPORTANT?
THE FAIRTRADE DIFFERENCE
Ø The Fairtrade Price - a designated fair price for their produce, aimed at covering the cost of sustainable production and helping protect them from damaging fluctuations in world market prices.
Ø The Fairtrade Premium - an additional sum of money for investment in social, economic and environmental development - helping them grow their businesses and invest in their communities by building roads, schools and hospitals.
Ø Security of long-term contracts.
Ø Improved working conditions.
Ø Support in gaining knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy.
THE FAIRTRADE LABEL & WHERE TO BUY FAIRTRADE PRODUCTS