Fairtrade Page Referencing

In October 2019, Fairtrade celebrated its 25th anniversary in the UK and Co-op has been there every step of the way. We’re committed to Fairtrade, and to changing lives through the products we sell in store. There’s still a lot to do to fight unfairness in the food chain, but together we can make a difference.

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade by enjoying products that carry the Fairtrade Mark, or holding your own Fairtrade party. Download everything from bunting to Instagram posts at the official website.

Our history of Fairtrade

In 1998 we became the first supermarket in the UK to sell Fairtrade products in all our stores

2000 saw the UK’s first Fairtrade bananas appear on our shelves

In 2001 we were the first to launch an own-brand fairly traded wine, which became Fairtrade in 2004

2003 was the year we made all our own brand coffee Fairtrade – another first

In 2015 we sold our 50 millionth bottle of Fairtrade wine making us the biggest seller in the world

Working with Tate & Lyle we became the first supermarket in 2016 to sell 100% Fairtrade sugar, raising funds for farmers in Belize

By 2017 all the cocoa in all our products was sourced on Fairtrade terms

By 2018 all the bananas, tea and coffee we used as ingredients benefited Fairtrade producers

Celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade

From Kenya to Ghana to Belize, our Fairtrade policy is making a positive difference to communities around the world. Listen to some of the stories told by the people whose lives have changed thanks to our commitment to giving something back to the workers who provide you with top quality coffee, bananas and so much more. Let’s celebrate 25 years of Fairtrade!