October is Fairtrade month…so here’s some facts, figures and history!

Fairtrade is an important topic, and is emphasised during October where the entirety of the month is dedicated to raising awareness. Over the next four weeks we will be distributing a couple of blogs based around the organisation, starting with today. This one focuses on the history and what it is, with a few statistics thrown in for good measure.

A background…

The roots of Fairtrade date back to 1946, when Ten Thousand Villages began buying needlework from Puerto Rico in 1946. The first official ‘Fairtrade’ shop which began to sell these products opened its doors in 1958 in the USA, and soon enough the organisation began to make its way to UK shores. Oxfam began selling crafts made by Chinese refugees and in 1964, the first official Organisation established. Poorer countries have been benefitting ever since.

What Fairtrade does.

As stated on their website, Fairtrade ensures ‘you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices, you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.’ In short: it’s a simple way to give coffee farmers the recognition that their hard work deserves.

It is an unfortunate reality that coffee farmers in developing countries often get exploited for the work they do. This excellent organisation encourages better working conditions and a fairer price for their products, and buyers are encouraged to go through Fairtrade when purchasing the goods that we all know and love.

The organisation works hard throughout 74 countries over four continents, including Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, India and Sri Lanka.

It aims to boost awareness by holding events and campaigns. If a product is registered, it will carry the specialist mark.

Facts and Figures

Here’s a little snippet of some interesting information.

  • There are more than 1.65 million farmers and workers in Fairtrade certified producer organisations.
  • There are 1,226 certified producer organisations across 74 countries.
  • 26% of all farmers and workers are women.
  • Small producer organisations spent 31% of their Fairtrade premium on investments supporting productivity or quality improvements.
  • On plantations, workers spent 26% of their premium on education.

Coinadrink are proud to support the organisation and purchase many of our products from certified organisations, so keep an eye out for that blog coming soon.

Express Refreshments page is now live. Take a look now!

Express Refreshments is a branch division of Coinadrink Limited and, contrary to false statements, is solely responsible for the UK’s very first Micro Market! Prior to its unveiling at Genesis in Stoke-On-Trent, Coinadrink saw the opportunity to provide alternative refreshment solutions in the workplace. Every business is different in terms of size, industry and location, and the Market was created to make sure every business had adequate refreshments in the workplace.

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Delicious new Border biscuits have now arrived at Coinadrink!

Border are a family owned company that have been sharing the love of biscuits for over 30 years. They began in 1984, when John Cunningham purchased a tiny factory in Lanark and entrusted his four workers to set about making the best biscuits they could. With little machinery available, it was a hard task, yet one that was soon overcome. Over the following years, further recipes have been added to their range, and they’ve been forced to expand the business due to such high demand. Coinadrink place only the very best snacks in our machines, so remember that when you see the new ‘Café Bake’ range in your workplace…

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The Micro Market – Revolutionising Workplace Refreshments.

Coinadrink have innovation engrained into our DNA, and Express Refreshments, our own branch division, is responsible for the UK’s first Micro Market! We saw the potential of the Market in its ability to completely change the face of workplace refreshments, and we were right.

More Choice.

We wanted to make workplace refreshments easily accessible for every business, such is the reason the Market was designed. The unmanned, self-service convenience store places over 400 products in the hands of your staff, and acts as a ‘refreshment hub’. Hot drinks, cans and bottles, fresh food, snacks and confectionary are readily available in an aesthetically pleasing layout, and we can stock your market with extensive healthy options.

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