Natural Foods Merchandiser
Fair trade picking up speed

Fair trade picking up speed

Fair trade sales have skyrocketed in recent years and will continue to see increases, according to reports from Schaumburg, Ill.-based natural products research company SPINS. With the help of commitments from conventional food labels, such as Cadbury, Starbucks and most recently Nestlé’s Kit Kat bar, consumer awareness of fair trade products will also continue to grow in 2010.

128 The amount in millions of pounds of fair trade–certified goods imported into the U.S. in 2008, according to certifying agency TransFair USA—a 47 percent increase from 2007

175.4 The amount in millions of dollars of sales of fair trade products from August 2008 to August 2009, according to SPINS

4,500 The amount of products now licensed to carry the fair trade mark. The first three fair trade products were on shelves in 1994

58 The number of developing countries that produce fair trade products, according to SPINS

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.