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MEP and campaigners welcome boom in Fair Trade sales

March 7, 2011 1:27 PM

As UK Fair Trade Fortnight continues, events are taking place nationwide and throughout the West Midlands region with thousands of people taking part and showing off their Fair Trade Label.

As part of the celebrations, West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne joined fair trade campaigners to promote their work in the European Parliament.

Figures launched by the Fair Trade Foundation this week show that sales of Fairtrade products soared by 40% in 2010 to an estimated retail value of £1.17bn compared with £836m in 2009

Commenting from the European Parliament Liz Lynne said:

"I am delighted that shoppers are continuing to embrace Fair Trade and sales increased by a massive 40% last year, despite the economic downturn.

"All too often people in the developing world receive a pitiful price for their products; making the decision to switch to Fair Trade products is a contribution we can all make to help change this.

A series of events will be held across the West Midlands region over the next fortnight:

"I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to get involved in the variety of local Fair Trade events and encourage as many people as possible to buy Fair Trade."

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Figures released by the Fairtrade Foundation reveal that every day in the UK, we are now consuming some 9.3 million cups of Fairtrade tea, 6.4 million cups of Fairtrade coffee, 2.3 million chocolate bars, 530,000 cups of Fairtrade drinking chocolate and 3.1 million Fairtrade bananas. New categories are also growing with over 1 million cosmetic products using Fairtrade ingredients also being sold in 2010.

For information on local events please see:

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/show_off_your_label/show_off_events/default.aspx?pageIndex=1