Celebrate this festive season with a Fairtrade twist

Divine Dark Chocolate with Pear and Ginger and Milk Chocolate with Spiced Toffee Apple

This festive season Fairtrade is making sure that you bring joy and happiness not only to those who receive your presents, but to the 1.4 million of farmers and producers in developing countries who made them.

Whether you are planning a grand Christmas dinner or a simple social gathering, Fairtrade can help you celebrate your festive season in style whilst making it fairer this year.

Christmas tasty treats

Fairtrade nuts and chocolate provide a tasty, and fair, snack for your guests. Liberation, the Fairtrade nut company owned by its farmers, has created a new exciting Oven Baked Mixed Peppercorn Peanuts with Cashews & Habas Fritas that is guaranteed to help spice up your party.

Fairtrade pioneers Divine has prepared a special Christmas 2014 range of chocolate 100g bars – Dark Chocolate with Ginger & Pear and Milk Chocolate with Spiced Toffee Apple. Lovingly wrapped in jewel colours of dark purple and pink, and decorated with gold adinkras, the bars will be available from Ethical Superstore, Oxfam and independent retailers.

The holidays wouldn't be the same without Christmas chocolates to help share the joy of the season. Divine's Luxury Belgian Collection have been designed to both delight and amuse. This beautifully packaged selection of 16 smooth milk and rich dark chocolates comes with soft or praline centres in a variety of delicious flavours.

If you prefer a quiet night in, nothing embodies the spirit of Christmas quite like a steaming drink on a comfy sofa. Steenbergs’ Fairtrade Christmas tea and Fairtrade Christmas Drinking chocolate will fit the bill, especially when accompanied by Zaytoun’s Fairtrade Caramelised Almonds and Medjoul dates.

Fun-filled Christmas drinks

Christmas traditionally is a time when families and friends come together and have fun. The legendary Grumpy Yule is a fun-filled Christmas Coffee that is both organic and Fairtrade certified, shipped from East Africa, Indonesia and Latin America. This is Grumpy Mule's darker roasted, spicily fragrant warming coffee to be enjoyed throughout the winter months with friends and family. Perfect for after dinner too.

The Christmas 2014 party hit is sure to be the Fairtrade Keep Light and Be Fair cocktails in a fun 50cl bottle at 2.99. Wine based, with generous fruit flavours, the range from Origin Wine includes a Tropical and a red berry flavour, all available from Tesco.

Christmas gifts

Christmas shopping can bring unnecessary stress to the holiday season but rest assured your loved ones will not be disappointed with the range of Fairtrade gifts available this year. Divine’s Fairtrade Advent Calendars and Milk Chocolate Festive Shapes are a perfect gift, available from Tesco, Waitrose, Booths, Ocado, Oxfam and Liberty.

Spoil your loved ones with one of the cosy organic certified, fine-gauge cotton knits from People Tree’s Autumn Winter 2014 collection, Sustainable Elegance. Inspired by the classic style of the Hollywood golden age, Sustainable Elegance presents strength and feminine power. People Tree’s conversational prints use a palette of deep teal, rich bordeaux, golden palm and peacoat navy with a high level of craftsmanship.

For that special someone, Cred Jewellery's range of feminine jewellery such as their Fairtrade Fractured Light Collection will make the perfect romantic gift. The key pieces in the collection include a statement silver locket with graphic engraved pattern and cut-out segments revealing gold plated interior. Starting from £55 responsibly sourced silver can be an option for everyone.

Find out more about the FAIRTRADE Mark and where to buy Fairtrade products at www.fairtrade.org.uk.

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For more information and photos, please contact Anna Galandzij on anna.galandzij@fairtrade.org.uk or call 020 7440 7692.

 

Notes to Editors

 

The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.3 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 70 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.

Over 4,500 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark including coffee, tea, herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangoes, avocados, apples, pears, plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, mandarins, lychees, coconuts, dried fruit, juices, smoothies, biscuits, cakes & snacks, honey, jams & preserves, chutney & sauces, rice, quinoa, herbs & spices, seeds, nuts & nut oil, wines, beers, rum, confectionary, muesli, cereal bars, yoghurt, ice-cream, flowers, sports balls, sugar body scrub and cotton products including clothing, homeware, cloth toys, cotton wool, olive oil, gold, silver and platinum.

77% of people in the UK say they recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark (source: TNS 2013). It is the world’s most recognized ethical label, according to Globescan research conducted for the Fairtrade Foundation in 2011.

Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 reached £1.78 billion, a 14% increase on sales of £1.53 billion in 2012.