Fairtrade

Fairtrade Introduction

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Fairtrade is an easy way for us all to ensure that farmers and producers get better prices for their products and raw materials, benefit from the Fairtrade premium to invest in their communities as well as improved workers rights and better working conditions.

Aberdeenshire Council passed a new resolution in support of Fairtrade in November 2013. A number of towns and villages right across Aberdeenshire have achieved and renewed Fairtrade status including Inverurie and Alford. Fairtrade status is very much down to the support of local activists. Stonehaven will be applying to the Fairtrade Foundation in the summer of 2014.

The Council also supports Fairtrade Fortnight every year with publicity and staff events. Aberdeenshire also has a number of Fairtrade schools. Over 70 schools have expressed interest in Fairtrade status.

Aberdeenshire successfully renewed its Fairtrade Zone status in April 2016, zone status was first achieved in 2013.

Fairtrade Zone status is awarded to an area which makes a commitment to support and use products with the Fairtrade mark.

The Zone is co-ordinated in Aberdeenshire by a steering group made up of Fairtrade activists from across the area.

This group is there to support local groups, schools and retailers, tackle common issues on Fairtrade and to lobby Aberdeenshire Council.

Chair of the Council's Sustainability Sub-Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: "I’m delighted Aberdeenshire has successfully renewed its Fairtrade Zone status, recognising the commitment by local volunteers and sales outlets in having Fairtrade goods for sale throughout the Shire and the Council promoting the use of Fairtrade products in its premises."

Vicky Allan, a member of the steering group from Mid-Formartine and renewal sponsor, said: "I was delighted to learn Aberdeenshire's renewal of Fairtrade status was successful.

“It’s good to be able to now find so many places in the shire where Fairtrade products can be bought.

“A fine cup of coffee can be enjoyed knowing it is not bought at the expense of someone else being treated unfairly. Together we can make Fairtrade the ‘normal’ way to do things in Aberdeenshire."

Adam Gardner, Communities and Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, which approved Aberdeenshire’s renewal application, said: "It’s brilliant Aberdeenshire has laid out clear and achievable goals to take Fairtrade further."

Aberdeenshire's next renewal is due in April 2018.
How can you support Fairtrade?
• Try out some of the range of Fairtrade products at home. The range of products is growing all the time, and includes fruit, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, rice, honey and fruit juice;
• If you don't see Fairtrade goods in your local shop or cafe why not ask if they would consider selling Fairtrade in future. If enough people ask then shops and cafes will want to please their customers;
• Convert your community, workplace or school to Fairtrade.

A list of retail and catering outlets in Aberdeenshire that sell Fairtrade products is listed below:

Area

Retail outlets

Catering outlets

Aberchirder

Co-op

 

Aboyne

Co-op

 

Alford

Co-op x 2

The Cheery Cup

Ballater

Co-op x 2

Brown Sugar Café

Balmedie

Co-op

Tarts and Crafts

Banchory

Co-op, Tesco, Morrisons, shop in the Banchory-Devenick & Maryculter-Cookney Parish Church

Morrisons Café

Banff

Co-op, Tesco, Banff Health Food Ltd

The Green Tree Cafe

Blackburn

Co-op

 

Braemar

Co-op

Taste Cafe

Ellon

 

Kirk Centre Coffee Shop,
Delicious Sandwich Takeaway Coffee Bar, The Chocolate Bar, The Gallery Coffee Shop, Symposium Coffee House,

Fraserburgh

Scotmid

Maitlands Restaurant & Coffee shop

Fyvie

Co-op, KAGA Gifts

 

Huntly

Tesco, Asda, Elturnatives

 

Inverurie

Co-op x 2, Tesco, Morrisons, The Green Grocer, The Acorn Centre

Kaffeehaus Café & Bistro, Café in The Acorn Centre, Morrisons Café

Kemnay

Co-op x 2

Loaves and Fishes café

Kintore

Co-op

 

Laurencekirk

Scotmid, Dickson Hall FT shop

Dickson Hall cafe

Methlick

 

Methlick Parish Church Café

Mintlaw

 

Food For Thought Deli

Newmachar

Co-op

 

Newtonhill

Scotmid

 

Oldmeldrum

 

Oldmeldrum Community Café, Hoodles, Keystone Store, The Friendly Food Company

Peterhead and Buchan

Asda,

Symposium Coffee House,
Mrs Bridge Café

Pitmedden

Co-op, Bonnyton Farm

The Tea Room, Pitmedden Garden

Portlethen

Co-op x 2, Asda, The General Store

 

Portsoy

Co-op

Beggars Belief

Stonehaven

Co-op x 4, Proper Clobber

The Bay

Tarves

Duthies Store

 

Torphins

Scotmid

 

Turriff

Co-op, Tesco

The Square Café & Restaurant

Westhill

Co-op, Tesco, M&S,

 

 

 

 

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