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  • Bananas Colombia

    What Price, Bananas? New Report Reveals the Hidden Damage in Bunches

    4 October 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Bananas may be the most familiar fruit on grocery store shelves, but behind that billboard-bright exterior are steep external costs that take a heavy toll on the planet and people. New research from Fairtrade conducted by True Price/Trucost reveals the hidden social and environmental damage in a box of bananas.

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  • Coliman Fairtrade banana employees

    The Evolution and Revolution of Fairtrade at Coliman

    3 October 2018 by Hans Theyer, Executive Director, Fairtrade America

    Hans Theyer visited one of Coliman’s banana farms in Colima, Mexico, in Autumn 2016. Fairtrade America works with companies such as this to adhere to the strict Fairtrade standards that help workers get a better deal. By following these standards, Coliman is proud to use the Fairtrade Mark sticker on their bananas. Hans recounts his trip to their farm and what he sees as the future for Fairtrade.

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  • Fairtrade Bananas from Peru

    #Stand4Fairness: Go Beyond the Seal with Equal Exchange

    10 May 2018 by Jason from the World Fair Trade Challenge Team

    World Fairtrade Day is in just a few days, and over the past month we’ve been highlighting a selection of superb brands that have gone above and beyond Fairtrade certification to support a variety of socially and environmentally-conscious initiatives. One of our favorite partners is Equal Exchange, a top banana importer that’s revolutionizing an industry dominated by plantations and large-scale producers.

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  • Sunset over a Costa Rican banana plantation

    Bananageddon Cometh

    16 March 2018 by Jackie Turner, ecologist and filmmaker

    Undoubtedly, bananas’ popularity comes from their distinctive appearance – and their rock-bottom price. But what might be less well-known is that bananas as we know them are on the verge of extinction.

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  • Fairtrade Impact

    Fairtrade Impact: How do we measure up?

    2 November 2017 by Arisbe Mendoza, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Fairtrade International,

    How do we know when Fairtrade succeeds? How do we know when there's room for improvement? Measuring impact is a difficult task requiring long-term investment and a complex understanding of the topic. Arisbe Mendoza, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Fairtrade International, provides this guest blog on the release of Fairtrade’s latest impact report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

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  • fairtrade ingredients

    Take your baking to the next level

    6 October 2017 by The Fair Trade Bake Sale Team

    Fair trade month is upon us! That means that it’s time to celebrate baking with Fairtrade ingredients! You may now be asking yourself, “Where oh where can I find some lovely Fairtrade ingredients?” Well look no further, the Fair Trade Bake Sale team has got you covered. 

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  • price elasticity fair trade bananas

    Release: Often a Loss Leader, Bananas Show Potential as Impact Driver for Retailers, New GlobeScan Research Finds

    20 September 2017 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Low prices on bananas are often used to attract customers, but new research from GlobeScan & Fairtrade America shows American consumers willing to pay more for bananas certified fair trade. 

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    This Month, March to your store! Ask for Fairtrade Bananas!

    10 March 2017 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    Equal Exchange is celebrating everyone’s favorite yellow fruit the entire month of March (no offense, lemons). Check out this banana flowchart to learn how bananas get from the fields of Ecuador to your store (and remember to ask them to stock Fairtrade).

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  • GUIDOM Dominican Republic Bananas

    Fairtrade Working to Ensure Workers' Rights

    1 September 2016 by Fairtrade America

    Many people think Labor Day is simply the capstone of summer; few realize the struggle that the holiday commemorates.

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  • Banana Workers in Colombia

    Banana workers helping to rebuild a peaceful, just society in Colombia

    19 July 2016 by Harold Suarez, Employee at Montesol, Colombia

    As Colombia rebuilds its society after years of civil war, banana plantations in Urabá, one of the worst affected regions, are empowering workers to have a say in their futures

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  • A worker at Banelino in the DR readies bananas for shipment

    Farming Superheroes to the Rescue

    6 June 2016 by Marike de Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International and Co-Founder of Banelino banana coop in Dominican Republic

    This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post on June 2, 2016. It is republished here in honor of World Environment Day with kind permission.

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  • Fairtrade tea farmer gathering leaves

    Release: Record Premium makes big difference for farmers and workers

    4 March 2016 by Fairtrade America Media Team

    The extra money paid to certified farmers and workers for each sale on Fairtrade terms has risen above the $115 million mark for the first time, according to new figures released today. Fairtrade producers invested this Premium according to their priorities.

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  • Ice Cream for Breakfast Day 2016

    Win Ice Cream for Breakfast

    5 February 2016 by Mary Linnell-Simmons, Marketing and Communications Manager

    February 6th is Ice Cream For Breakfast Day (yes...yes it is). Enter our flash competition to win a pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream to celebrate!

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  • Boxes of Fairtrade bananas waiting to be shipped

    Fairtrade Bananas in St Lucia

    3 February 2016 by Ariel Bramble, Commercial Relations Manager

    Ariel Bramble, part of Fairtrade America's Business Development team, traveled to the West Indies and had the opportunity to visit Fairtrade farmers in the Windward Islands.

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  • Photo by Santiago Engelhardt. Coffee quality control at COMSA cooperative.

    Putting Value Back Into Price

    19 November 2015 by Harriet Lamb

    Fairtrade International's former CEO Harriet Lamb writes her final blog with Fairtrade, again calling on consumers and companies to pay a fair price to farmers and workers.

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