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Fairtrade Italia and ECOFFEE: a sustainable partnership for a better future

I am very happy to announce that last Tuesday, July 19th DESITA and Fairtrade Italia have signed a bilateral agreement providing mutual support for the dissemination of the principles of environmental sustainability, fair trade and social responsibility on the entire Italian market  through a focus on in-store actions.

DESITA, thanks to its ECOFFEE project, will promote Fairtrade products and will support  Fairtrade licensees through its wide range of retail-oriented services and solutions: from architectural design, branding, process analysis, franchise creation. The Fairtrade certified products will also find a privileged placement among the products available at the ECOFFEE franchise cafés.

On the other hand, Fairtrade Italia has committed to share with its stakeholders- Retail business licensees, Association members and consumers – all the services offered by DESITA and   ECOFFEE.

“I am very happy to have reached this agreement,” states Paolo Pastore, Managing Director of Fairtrade Italia “This agreement is very different from the usual one and I am  sure that it will bring a much wider scope and visibility to Fairtrade certified products, the only Fair Trade certification that has deserved consumers’ trust all around the world. “

Being supported by such an important organization as Fairtrade Italia has once again confirmed that what I have created, the ECOFFEE service platform, is a requirement for a better future.This gives me the strength to keep on working in what is still an immature industry, that of sustainability in the Italian Retail and Horeca panorama. I am convinced that this partnership will actually contribute to the creation and dissemination of a more responsible consumption on the Italian market.

Ben & Jerry’s Fair Tweets for World Fair Trade Day


May 14th is the World Fair Trade Day, the first global campaign for The Fair Trade movement connecting producers and customers around the world and is endorsed by WFTO.
Ben & Jerry’s, known for its activism, has just launched this great campaign. The video explains how the “Fair Tweets” campaign works, a very simple but effective use of Twitter to help promote the Fair Trade Day.  
Just download the Fair Tweets application from www.fairtweets.com and the unused characters in your tweets will be automatically create relevant messages, or better, “Fair Tweets”!

A consumer point of view on sustainable coffee

Food Retailers sometimes wonder why consumers should have to prefer organic, sustainable coffee instead of the more “known and traditional” brands. We found this interesting article written by Johnathon D. Colman, a coffee snob, who explaines why he chooses sustainable coffee, and it can be summerized with his sentence: life is too short to drink bad caffeine!

Here are some other tips suggested by the Playgreen blog:

  • Look for Organically Grown Coffee
  • Buy Fair Trade Certified Coffee
  • Purchase ‘Shade Grown’ Coffee
  • Buy Locally Grown Coffee 

We think these are all greats article to show to all Food Retailers who are not yet sure that the key to future success in this business is.