While the vanilla industry is seeing low prices and low demand this year, Virginia Dare’s partnerships with 1,300 growers in Madagascar are focused on fortifying communities’ livelihoods through social, environmental and economic initiatives that help...
From grim footage of workers mistreating cows to environmental concerns, consumer perceptions of the dairy industry are not universally positive, acknowledges Chobani president Peter McGuinness. But adding dairy to the sectors covered by Fair Trade certification...
GoodSam Foods, a new brand of no-sugar-added, direct-trade chocolate launched by BeyondBrands, has entered the sugar-free chocolate confectionery category with products sweetened with emerging sweetener allulose.
Ever since coconut water burst on to the US market several years ago, Americans have been enthralled with all things coconut, but while manufacturers are reaping the rewards of the ingredient’s sustained popularity, the farmers and suppliers are not.
Last year, 1.6 million Fairtrade farmers and workers across 75 countries benefited from an estimated €138 million (approx. US $155 million) in a Fairtrade premium, according to Fairtrade International.
For most millennials, selecting coffee is an emotional decision that goes beyond meeting basic needs such as freshness and affordability to include the social and environmental impact of how it was made, according to new research.
Entrepreneur, journalist, political consultant and campaigner Fernando Morales-de la Cruz is launching a coffee capsule brand he hopes will accelerate the eradication of poverty among coffee farmers by reinvesting 10 cents for every cup sold back into...
The chocolate industry must commit to longer sourcing agreements if it expects farmers to be able to invest in cocoa productivity and quality, according to a leading farming cooperative in Côte d’Ivoire.
Fair Trade USA has finalized its labeling policy after over six months of consultation. NGO Fair World Project supports some of the changes but feels the policy does not go far enough to combat exploitative sugar sourcing.
SETH GOLDMAN, CO-FOUNDER, SAYS BRAND 'CONTINUES TO INNOVATE'
Seth Goldman, co-founder and ‘TEA-EO’ of entrepreneurial success story Honest Tea, tells BeverageDaily.com that Coke’s ownership has helped the brand take Fair Trade and Organic credentials into the US mainstream.
Fair Trade USA claims that draft changes to its labeling policy allowing brands with 20% certified ingredients to carry its logo are justified in composite products like chocolate because components like sugar are mainly sourced domestically in the US...
Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA's labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients like sugar that are not fairly traded.
A proliferation of eco-labels could have adverse consequences, as food manufacturers question the value of certification schemes in light of a fragmented market and multiple fees, according to Organic Monitor.
Fair Trade imports into the US grew 75% in 2011, as food manufacturers look to secure their supply chains through more direct contact with suppliers - and as they bet on growing demand from 'conscious consumers', says Fair Trade USA president...
The North American food industry has “barely scratched the surface” when it comes to the growth potential of Fair Trade certification for food ingredients, with double-digit growth in groceries likely to continue for some time to come, according to Fair...
A new minimum price for Fairtrade organic cocoa, which comes into force early next year, will act as an income safety net for growers amid ongoing price volatility in the sector, according to the organization behind the standard.
Imports of fairtrade-certified products have reached record highs in the USA, with the market expanding to encompass new product categories on the back of increased consumer interest in ethically-produced food items, according to new data.
More than 1,500 companies use the Global Reporting Initiative’s guidelines to evaluate their performance on sustainability, environmental impact and responsible marketing – and now Kellogg’s has released its first.
Awareness of fairtrade produce in the UK has mushroomed in the last
two years, according to a Fairtrade Foundation-sponsored survey
that indicates growing potential food companies to attract
consumers through ethical practices.
A fair trade certified pure vanilla is due to hit the US market, as
a collaboration between flavor firm David Michael and fair trade
certifier TransFair USA taps into the growing consumer interest in
Food companies do not yet face the ethical sourcing equation of the
clothing industry, where brands from Nike to Marks & Spencer
cannot afford a single claim of sweat-shop production. But the
moment is fast approaching for food,...