Brighton & Hove will officially become a Fairtrade City on 15 October 2004. Celebrations for the day will include a number of major events such as gigs with some famous bands (yet to be announced), a schools’ programme and an official presentation ceremony to which the Mayor will be invited.
Zelgrain, a leading pub chain, will run a citywide cocktail extravaganza and a number of cafes and restaurants will be running promotions to entice customers to try fair trade options.
According to Ross Adamson, from the Fairtrade Campaign, "Fair trade is about quality products with an additional ethical flavour. It's great to see the demand for these products rocketing. It shows that we all still care about what we buy and where it comes from."
Brighton based Infinity foods has recorded an increase of 200% in fair trade sales over the past two years and national sales have increased by 46% between 2002 and 2003. The total value of national sales of fair trade produce is running at an annual rate of £100 million.
Companies in Brighton that supply fair trade produce include: Culpepper, Indian Summer, Quaker Café, Off Beat Café, Starbucks, Wai Kika Moo Kau, The Fringe Bar, Tucan and Botanica. A complete list is available on the Fairtrade web site (see below).
For more information on Fairtrade and for the latest information on the launch event visit the official website at: www.bhft.org.uk.
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