Fairtrade International (FLO), the largest certifier of Fair Trade products worldwide, just released its 2012-13 Annual Report. The 20-page report is one of the best sources of global statistics on producer organizations, smallholder and worker representation, retail sales by country and product type, and more.
This edition is the first such FLO annual report that excludes activity from Fair Trade USA, which left the FLO system at the end of 2011.
A few highlights include:
- Over 1.3 million farmers and workers in 70 countries are part of 1,149 Fairtrade producer organizations
- In addition to sales income, these producer groups benefitted from around 80 million euros in Fairtrade Premium money in 2012.
- Consumer sales increased significantly in key markets, including: Germany (33 percent), the Netherlands (26 percent), Sweden (28 percent), Switzerland (15 percent), and the UK (16 percent).
- Excluding the USA, average sales in all other Fairtrade markets increased by over 20 percent compared to 2011.
- Consumers showed their support for Fairtrade by spending 4.8 billion euros on Fairtrade products in 2012.
- Fairtrade products became available in Kenya and will be available in India later this year, providing consumers in those markets the chance to buy Fairtrade products from Fairtrade producers in the same country.
- Nespresso, Ben and Jerry’s, and Maltesers made major new commitments with Fairtrade.
- The Fairtrade Access Fund has given US$5.65 million in loans to small producer organizations in Latin America to address their most pressing financial needs.
- More than half of all bananas sold in Switzerland’s retail chains are from Fairtrade producers, and over 40 percent of sugar bags in the UK bear the FAIRTRADE Mark. Globally, sales of Fairtrade flowers grew by over 50 percent.
- Over 30,000 Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 125 countries worldwide.
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