Producers v Profit ?

The soul singer Mica Paris, a Fairtrade ambassador, visiting tea producers in India.

The soul singer Mica Paris, a Fairtrade ambassador, visiting tea producers in India. Photograph: Fairtrade

Public support remains high for Fairtrade and the fair treatment of producers, but are the supermarkets backing away from treating their suppliers justly?

Alarm bells have been ringing with Fairtrade producer groups, co-operatives and Fairtrade supporters over Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s decision to remove some of their products from the Fairtrade Mark’s scrutiny and Sainsbury’s plans to take control of the way any premium will be spent.  There are concerns about the lack of independent verification of the new “fairly traded” scheme and poor producer groups loss of power over how any premium money is to be spent. .

In excepts from articles in the Independent and Guardian  we read;

When four Sainsbury’s executives met farmers from some of Africa’s biggest tea-growing co-operatives in a hotel in Nairobi last month it should have been a mutual celebration of Fairtrade, the gold standard of ethical trading and the world’s most trusted and best-known food certification scheme.

But instead of backslapping at the Pride hotel, the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products precipitated the greatest crisis in the scheme’s 25-year history by telling the 13 major tea groups and their 228,000 co-operative members that it intended to drop the globally known Fairtrade mark ((Independent Lizzie Rivera) for their produce, and replace it with the phrase “fairly traded”.

From next week the company will no longer label its Gold, Red and other bestselling own-brand teas as “Fairtrade” but will call them “fairly traded”. Officially it is a pilot but the suspicion is that Sainsbury’s will then roll out the new standard across other products including bananas and coffee.  John Vidal 25th June

Fairtrade tea producers in Malawi.

Fairtrade tea producers from the Sukambizi Association Trust in the Mount Mulanje area of Malawi. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade

90% of the children at the Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi attend primary school.

90% of the children at the Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi attend primary school. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade







The suspicion is that the supermarkets are on a money saving exercise and their decision has been called paternalistic by their suppliers. Development groups question their motives. “Why would a company like Sainsbury’s that has been such a massive champion of Fairtrade decide to take the trusted mark off their tea products, and in the process take power and value away from small African producers who already have so little? At a time when sustainable development and human rights are going up the corporate agenda, it’s hard to follow the company’s reasoning,” said Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam’s ethical trade manager.

You may wish to ask questions of the CEOs of the companies or write letters of concern if so please contact;

Email CEO  and the Chair
Email David Lewis (CEO) on 

Fairtrade Fortnight 27.2.17 – 12.3.17



February 27th – March 12th 2017


Much of the work in Fairtrade Fortnight  is focussed in schools.

Before the Fortnight

Lessons will be held in both Castleview Primary, and Tansley Primary to familiarise pupils with the idea of Fairtrade.

During the Fortnight :

Thursday 2nd March, classes of children will be baking all day in Tansley Primary using Fairtrade ingredients

Friday 3rd March, parents and  children will watch an assembly at Tansley Primary followed by a Big Brew event

Monday 6th March, An assembly at St. Joseph’s Primary

Thursday 9th March, An assembly at St. Giles Primary

Following on from Fairtrade Fortnight



Saturday 18th March

10 – 12 noon.  

All are welcome


Fairtrade Fortnight will soon be upon us and the following arrangements have been made to celebrate Fairtrade, make it more widely known and supported in Darley Dale and nearby villages. There will be a  Traidcraft Big Brew Coffee Morning or Tea Party with Fairtrade tea, including different teas to taste, coffee, cakes and biscuits and a stall with food and some craft items for sale.


The Whitworth Terrace will be serving Fairtrade teas and coffee and some other items throughout the Fortnight.

Tuesday       28.02.17.    Wesleyan Reform Chapel,  Winster   10.30 am

Wednesday 01.03.17     Greenaway Workshop, Greenaway Lane, Darley Dale  10.30 am

Friday           03.03.17.    Wensley Reading Room    10.00 am

Monday       06.03.17      Churchtown Primary School     Tea Party after  school        3.30 pm

Tuesday       07.03.17      Darley Dale Primary School       Tea Party after school          3.30 pm

Thursday      09.03.17  St. Elphin’s     Traidcraft Stall in St. Elphin’s House        10 am – 12.30

Friday           10.03.17      Dale Road Methodist Church Hall  (St. Helen’s Ladies)     10.30 am.

       ”                      ”           South Darley Primary School      Tea Party after school        3.30 pm

Saturday      11.03.17.      St. Helen’s Church Hall.    10.30 am

Thursday     16.03.17      St. John’s Church, Winster    Coffee Morning    10.30 am

Wirksworth Fairtrade

Fairtrade Coffee Morning

Saturday the 4th March

10am – 12pm

Memorial Hall Farmers Market.


Collective Noun for Fairtrade Coffee Shops?

What is the collective noun for Fairtrade coffee shops? Please send us your ideas… Our first one has been a “grind of Fairtrade Coffee shops”.

Wednesday 4th May sees the opening of M &S Food in Matlock and adds to the growing number of Fairtrade outlets in our Fairtrade town.

Opening date for latest M&S Derbyshire store

The new store will include a 25-seater M&S Coffee to Go cafe which will sell a range of Fairtrade refreshments.

So to celebrate the opening of the M&S store we are asking for suggestions for the collective noun for Fairtrade Coffee shops so we can celebrate a number of them in our town.

Fairtrade Fortnight Breakfast Finale

Information about Fairtrade drinks

Information about Fairtrade 

Fairtrade Fortnight went out with a bang in Matlock last Sunday evening. Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter along with other Town Councillors and members of the public attended the Late, Late Fairtrade Breakfast event hosted by Third Space church in Imperial Rooms.

Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter with Barbara and Grayden

Welcome Fairtrade drinks kicked off the event where people were invited to take part in information stations which explained how Fairtrade works and how it helps some of the world’s poorest workers and farmers who produce our food. One in seven people in the world go hungry every day, Fairtrade aims to end food insecurity.

The event featured the story of Rozina from Bangladesh, desperately poor, married at thirteen, eating one meal of rice a day. Her dream was to eat three times a day. She worked picking tea and earned 55p a day. She learned there was profit in growing tea and with the help of Traidcraft, a UK Fairtrade company, started growing tea on the families’ plot.  The story ended with Rosina and her family being able to build a new weather proof house with a kitchen, beds and electricity. Her daughter is now able to attend school.


Rozina says “I want more people to be self-sufficient so no one goes to sleep with an empty stomach. I want to educate my children and believe my dream can come true, poverty can be defeated.”

Rosemary Chapman one of the guests said “We had a smashing evening and learned a few things too.”

The menu consisted of Fairtrade wine, fruit juice, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Fairtrade ingredients were used to make a variety of scones, cakes and deserts. Local foods included sausages, cobs, butter, milk, cream, lemonade and mineral water.

The event attracted people from as far away at Lincoln. Jon Powrie from Little Eaton said “All your hard work resulted in a well run event which represented Fairtrade and Third Space values to the wider community.”

One of the popular deserts was Fairtrade Rocky Road which is so easy to make and contains lots of Fairtrade ingredients.

  • 200g Fairtrade dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids works best)
  • 2 – 3 tbs Fairtrade golden syrup
  • 135g butter
  • 200g Fairtrade cookies
  • 1 small box Maltesers
  • Fairtrade icing sugar for dusting
  • Bar of Fairtrade white chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • Optional ingredients
  • Fairtrade nuts
  • Fairtrade dried fruit
  • Anything else that will add taste or crunch that you like
  1. Line a small to medium sized square baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place cookies into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin or just the side of your fist until they’re broken into a mixture of everything between dust and 50p size lumps. Put this to one side.
  3. Put syrup, butter and chocolate in a large pan and heat gently on a low light until the chocolate has nearly all melted then remove from the heat.
  4. Add biscuits and half of the Maltesers and any other additional ingredients you fancy.
  5. Mix together until all the ingredients are mixed in.
  6. Pour into the baking tray and level out pushing right into the corners.
  7. Push in remaining Maltesers and sprinkle the white chocolate pieces evenly over the top.
  8. Refrigerate for at least two and a half hours.
  9. Remove from the fridge dust with icing sugar and cut into small squares. ENJOY!




Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 Events

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 logo

Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!

29 February – 13 March

As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

We are trying to get as many people as possible to eat a Fairtrade breakfast in Matlock during Fairtrade Fortnight?

If you are planning an event let us know.

How about:         Cooperative bananas

  • A Fairtrade banana on your porridge or melting some Fairtrade chocolate in it. 
  • Fairtrade marmalade, honey or jam on your toast.
  • To wash it all down Fairtrade tea, coffee, hot chocolate or fruit juice. 

No time for breakfast? Try a takeaway Fairtrade drink on the go from cafes in town with a crunchy energy giving Geo Bar Fairtrade cereal snack. 

What is happening in the Derbyshire Dales?


Some local schools are holding Fairtrade Breakfast events. 

  • Tansley Primary on Wednesday 2nd March
  • St. Josephs Catholic Primary Thursday 3rd March 


Let us know if your school is planning anything

Third Space/Soul Space event is holding The Late Late Fairtrade Breakfast at Imperial Rooms on Sunday 13th March from 6.30 – 8.30. All are welcome but please let us know by email if you plan to come to avoid the disappointment of the food running out.

Darley Dale                                                                               There will be a Fairtrade Breakfast everyday in Darley Dale during Fairtrade Fortnight.  Keep your eyes open for further details.


Wirksworth are holding a Fairtrade Breakfast Cafe event at the Farmers Market on Saturday 5th March from 10am to 12 noon.


Members of Matlock’s Fairtrade Town Committee presented the Renewal Certificate of Fairtrade Town Status to the Mayor Steve Flitter and members of Matlock Town Council on Monday evening and thanked them for their support. The town had the prestigious award renewed for the fourth time in 2015. 

Matlock Mayor receives the Fairtrade Town Renewal Certificate from Barbara Daniels

Matlock Mayor receives the Fairtrade Town Renewal Certificate from Barbara Daniels

Matlock was first awarded the Fairtrade status in 2005 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within the town.  The status of Fairtrade Town has to be renewed every two years to ensure Fairtrade is still promoted in the town.

Spokesperson for the Matlock Fairtrade Town Committee, Barbara Daniels said “I like to shop in the town and support local businesses. It is very rewarding to see how many of our local businesses are using Fairtrade and how many of our independent catering establishments offer a Fairtrade cuppa.”

Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers ensure they earn stable incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest as the farmer-owned co-operative democratically chooses, in projects that will benefit their business and community.

Adam Gardner, Communities Campaigns Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We’re so pleased that Matlock has renewed their Fairtrade status and laid out clear exciting goals to take Fairtrade further.”

“Thanks to the ongoing support of the public and campaigners, an increasing number of farmers in developing countries are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.”

Plans are afoot to promote Fairtrade during the nationwide Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 29th February to 13th March 2016. The theme for the fortnight  this year is “Sit Down for Breakfast and Stand up For Farmers”.

As Martin Luther King famously said “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning you’ve depended on more than half the world”.

Watch this space for details of events during the Fortnight.

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Autumn News

Looking back over the last couple of months there are two items of interest that have happened in Matlock on the Fairtrade Front?

The New Season Fairtrade Football Tournament

After 10 years of running the Fairtrade Football Tournament in Matlock the engraved and much sort after trophy was full of the winning teams names. It was time for a new one. The tournament moved to September from May so introducing children in years 5 and 6 to Fairtrade at the beginning of the school year and this all felt like the beginning of a new era.

The competition took place on the afternoon of 30th September. The sun shone down as local schoolchildren who took part in the annual Fairtrade Football Tournament at Cavendish Fields. Eight teams representing five schools, All Saints’, St Joseph’s, St Giles, Tansley and Wirksworth Junior schools competed for the trophy in a fine show of football which was enjoyed by many enthusiastic supporters, including Matlock Mayor, Steve Flitter, who presented the trophies.  The winning team was All Saints’ B, but the margin was very close. Joint second were St Joseph’s A and Wirksworth although goal difference took St Joseph’s into second place as they managed  an amazing 15 goals that afternoon.

The winner of the Fair Play Award was chosen by the referees and the trophy presented to St Joseph’s B team. Children were reminded by organiser Laura Stevens, of Matlock Fairtrade Group, of the principles of Fairtrade and as usual each school was given a
Fairtrade football to take back to school with them. The tournament has now been running for 11 consecutive years and the Fairtrade Group would like to thank all the schools for taking part in what everyone agrees is an excellent tournament.


This year’s winners All Saints’ B with Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter

Fairtrade Town Status Renewed

Matlock has retained it’s Fairtrade Town Status and the town’s Fairtrade Town Steering Committee are looking forward to planning Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Sit Down For Breakfast and Stand Up for Farmers

29th February – 13th March 

Look out for a Big Breakfast near you