FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – Almost time to ‘Come on in’ to Fairtrade

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It’s almost time to ‘Come on in’ to Fairtrade… it’s less than a week until Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, our biggest campaign of the year.

Around the world, millions of poor farmers and workers are fighting for a fair deal. Supported by Fairtrade, they’re closing the door on exploitation, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities. And it’s all down to supporters like you choosing Fairtrade products every time you shop.

As a thank you we thought you’d like to be the first to hear about some of the special offers happening over the two weeks. What better time to treat yourself or try something new?

Waitrose have a range of offers on Fairtrade products in-store and online. And look out for a range of in-store tasting events across the country.

Find a whopping 20% off Fairtrade brands like Divine Chocolate, Tropical Wholefoods and Zaytoun in-store and online.

M&S are offering Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price on selected Fairtrade tea & coffee in-store.

Esquires Coffee are offering 100 £5 loyalty cards to Fairtrade supporters. info




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Agenda for January 2018 meeting

Please click on the link to look at the Agenda for the January meeting of the Mid Formartine Fairtrade group. Other documents are available by contacting the secretary, Vicky at:


Agenda for January meeting.pdf


IN 2015 Fairtrade Fortnight was launched with this short film. Today, Fairtrade tea is under threat by supermarket group J Sainsburys who want to ‘self certify’ their own tea as ‘fairly traded’ with themselves and decide which farmers should receive ‘their support’ Under Fairtrade, farmers are in control of their own Fairtrade funds and their certification is done by an accredited international independent charity.

View the film and think before buying your tea without the Fairtrade mark.

Day of action: Saturday 28th October

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On Saturday 28th October, a coalition led by CAFOD are organising a day of action towards Sainsbury’s on the ‘Don’t Ditch Fairtrade’ Campaign. You can get involved in the day of action by handing in a letter to your local Sainsbury’s shop, taking a selfie and posting it on social media. There are more details about how to get involved and resources available here.

The day of action is important as Sainsbury’s decision to move away from the use of the Fairtrade Mark on their own label tea undermines the principle of producer empowerment. One of the principles of Fair Trade is that producers are empowered through capacity building and we do not believe that this is the case in the Sainsbury’s Foundation model as it appears that the equivalent of Fairtrade Premiums will be taken out of the control of the farmers and the producers and decisions will be made by a Board in the UK.

The Forum’s key concern is not that Sainsbury’s are no longer going to use a particular certification for some products but that it is labelling the products ‘Fairly Traded’ when it does not seem to meet all the principles of Fair Trade. This can only lead to consumer confusion and lack of clarity and transparency. Key to Fair Trade is the empowerment of farmers and workers. In the case of this Sainsbury’s initiative, the representatives of the farmers and workers do not support the initiative.

If you want to join the campaign and take action against Sainsbury’s then click here for more information and resources.





The wonderful sale of all things Fairtrade from Traidcraft, Zaytoun, Equal Exchange, Clipper and many more.  All at Bonnyton Farmouse, at the end of Bonnyton Road, Pitmedden.  Come and get gifts and essentials, clothing and foodie treats. Always coffee/tea and cakes & lunchtime soup available.


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Dear all

Many supporters have been asking what the latest news is regarding Sainsbury’s decision to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea, so here’s a quick update on what’s been happening over the summer.

Nearly 100,000 people have signed the Change.org petition started by Fairtrade supporter Barbara Gwinnett, and supported by Oxfam, CAFOD, Traidcraft Exchange and many more. The petition received a response from Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s CEO, in July and you can read Barbara’s reply here.

In the last few weeks, a group of charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Traidcraft Exchange, the Women’s Institute, Tearfund and Global Justice Now have launched their own campaign to stop Sainsbury’s ditching Fairtrade. They’re asking supporters to campaign locally and have lots of ideas and resources available. You can find out more at dontditchfairtrade.com

The Fairtrade Foundation remains focused on finding a way forward with Sainsbury’s that is in the best interests of the tea farmers and workers we represent, and are still hopeful that through discussions we can see their own-brand tea go back to being Fairtrade certified.

A reminder that you can find our latest FAQs here, our response to Sainsbury’s announcement here, and Fairtrade tea farmers’ response here.

And of course, please keep choosing Fairtrade certified tea and asking your friends, family and local community to do the same.

Jonathan Smith

Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade Foundation, 3rd Floor, Ibex House, 42-47 Minories London EC3N 1DY

We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1043886) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no 2733136).



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We’d really like to get to know our FAIRTRADE supporters a little bit better.

Could you spare ten minutes to take our survey and tell us about what’s important to you as well as what you think about Fairtrade?

Take the survey

We really value your support and it’ll help us make sure you get to hear about the things you really care about.

Thanks a (Fairtrade) bunch.

Supporter Team, Fairtrade Foundation

Talking Tea. ‘From farm to fly cup.’ Weds 19th July.

The next ‘Fly Cups and Fancy Pieces’ event will be held at Turriff Museum/Heritage Centre at 1.30pm on Weds 19th July.

We will be talking tea, sustainability and exploring how Brexit potentially affects Fair Trade. In the light of Sainsbury’s decision to drop the Fairtrade label from its products, and Waitrose’s decision to do the opposite we will look at what we, the consumer can do to make sure that we don’t taste exploitation in our cuppa!

This is a workshop NOT a drop-in. You turn up at 1.30pm and stay till 3pm – during which time we’ll have chat, reading and share some fairtrade tea, coffee and fine pieces. (Feel free to bring your own fairtrade contribution!)

For more information in advance please go to: http://www.thedeveronpress.scot/projects.html


Our first project is a result of an innovation grant from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. Our views, of course, are entirely our own and not necessarily endorsed by SFTF. You’re welcome to attend…

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