Facts, Figures & Resources

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2012/2013 Highlights in Numbers


Fairtrade UK sales



  • In the UK, sales of Fairtrade products in 2012 reached £1.5 billion – an 18 per cent increase on the previous year
  • 78 per cent of consumers recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark
  • One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade
  • 44 per cent of bagged sugar sold in the UK is Fairtrade certified
  • 25 per cent of all roast and ground retail coffee in the UK is Fairtrade certified
  • Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 125 countries
  • The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely-recognised ethical label globally


Estimated UK retail sales by value 2002-2012 (£ million)

  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009
2010  2011 2012
Coffee 23.1 34.3 49.3  65.8 93  117
137.3  160 179.8  193* 192.4
Tea 7.2 9.5 12.9 16.6 25.1 30
 64.8  70.3 82.6  87.1*     79.7
Cocoa products** 3.9* 7.3* 9.6* 13.2* 16.4* 25.6*
 25.6*  44.5* 162  212.8* 320.9
Sugar products** 5.7 8.7 14.3 19.5 23.7 50.6 107.7 164.6 384  441.7* 549.1
Honey products** 4.9 6.1 3.4 3.5 3.4 2.7
 5.2  3.6 6.8  3.8* 3.6
Bananas 17.3 24.3 30.6 47.7 65.6 150
 184.6  215.5 206.6  210.9* 242.5
Flowers
n/a
n/a
4.3
5.7
14
24
 33.4  30 27.6  26.4* 23.7*
Wine
n/a n/a 1.5  3.3
5.3
8.2
 10  18.1 18.5  21.8*    23.9
Cotton
n/a
n/a n/a
0.2
4.5
34.8
 77.9  73.2 51.7  41 39.6
 Fresh Fruit  0.1  1  5.9  8.5  17.6  28  32.2  24.3  15.5  12.5*     12.3
 Fruit Juices  0.8  1.1  2.3  4.6  7.7  13.8  21.1  13.1  15.2  16.1* 14.5
Other*** n/a n/a 6.7 6.4 10.1 8.3  21.8  26.2 23.5  27* 28
TOTAL 63 92.3 140.8 195 286.3 493
 712.6  843.4* 1173.8  1294.1 1530.2
 Year-on-Year Growth  25%  47%  53%  38%  47%  72%  45%  18%  39%  10% 18%
 Chocolate  6.2  9.2  13.7  18.4  23.2  35.8  38.3  88.6  346  413.1 542.4


* Along with the 2012 sales analysis, these 2011 figures have been reviewed and updated

* *After review, the 2009 and historical cocoa figures have been reviewed and the sales values updated.The figures against these products represent the cocoa part of all products containing cocoa, the honey part of all  products containing sugar.

***These figures cover all Fairtrade commodities not covered by other catgeories. These include gold, vegetables, dried fruit, pulses, rice, quinoa, sesame seeds, nuts and oils, sportsballs and spices.


Chocolate includes figures listed elsewhere in this table (e.g. sugar and cocoa) so are not included in the totals.

 



Fairtrade producers


  • The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.3 million people - farmers and workers - across more than 70 developing countries
  • 75 per cent of all Fairtrade producers are smallholder farmers
  • There are now 1,149 Fairtrade producer organisations worldwide
  • In 2012, farmers and workers from some of the world's poorest countries received €80 million in Fairtrade Premium to invest in business, social and environmental projects in their communities
  • Read some of our producer profiles here

 


Fairtrade campaigners



  • Fairtrade is a thriving and growing campaign movement with more than 550 Fairtrade Towns, more than 1,000 Fairtrade Schools and 170 Fairtrade Universities, and more than 7,000 Fairtrade Faith Groups.
  • Chichester Cathedral became the world’s first public building to display Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold in 2011. A 3ft cockerel was gilded in Fairtrade certified gold and positioned atop the 270ft Cathedral spire
  • In February 2013, more than 16,000 Fairtrade campaigners signed a petition asking for a better deal for smallholder farmers. The petition was handed in to Number 10 on World Fair Trade Day - you can watch more here



 

Impact, strategy and commodity reports


Below are some of the most recent impact, strategy and commodity reports from The Fairtrade Foundation. For more information, please contact the press office.

Unlocking the Power of Many: Fairtrade Foundation 2013 - 2015 Strategy (February 2013)

Powering Up Smallholder Farmers to Make Food Fair (February 2013)

How Businesses are Going Further to make International Supply Chains Work for Small Farmers (February 2013)

Branching Out - Fairtrade in Malawi (April 2013)

Assessing the impact of Fairtrade on poverty reduction through rural development - Summary

Sugar Commodity Briefing (January 2013)

Cocoa Commodity Briefing (August 2011)

Coffee Commodity Briefing (May 2012)