27 February until 12 March is Fairtrade Fortnight. I’ve no doubt you all know what Fairtrade produce is but you may wonder what Fairtrade Fortnight is…
In the campaign’s own words:
“Fairtrade Fortnight is a fun-filled highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.”
Find out more about this on their website here
At Eco Cuisine we feel strongly about sustainability and seasonal eating. As we are based in Enfield on the outskirts of London, we source local produce. As such, Fairtrade products are not in demand for us, but that isn’t to say we don’t advocate fair trade or care about marginalised producers in developing countries.
I actually once catered for a man who worked for Fairtrade. When putting this post together, I remembered that they had a cold buffet and their wedding was a hand fasting non religious ceremony. They had flowers in their hair and the guests helped us to wash up!
In terms of our contribution to buying Fairtrade, when English fruits are out of season we replace the Kent apples and pears with Fairtrade bananas and other organic fruits. If we are not buying or able to source British produce we will only substitute with Fairtrade.
Karma Cola is on our soft drinks offering and they are the only Fairtrade organic cola in the UK with a direct relationship with cola farmers in Sierra Leone.
Read more about Karma Cola here
We use Cafédirect coffee and Clipper tea. Cafédirect is the leading Fairtrade hot drinks brand in the UK and launched three years before the Fairtrade mark, and were the first coffee brand to carry the certification.
You can read more on Cafédirect here
We use Tate & Lyle sugars – all served at meetings and conferences.
Here’s more on their Fairtrade offering here
Our focus is on sustainable British and organic produce so we are proud that though we rarely source anything outside this remit, we do ensure it is Fairtrade.
Do you know how much of your weekly shop is Fairtrade? I encourage you to consider this.
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