UK supermarket shoppers will be able to buy Fairtrade nuts in the UK for the first time from March. The Fairtrade Foundation has announced that Fairtrade Brazil nuts will be sold at branches of Tesco and Faitrade peanuts are to be available at Co-op stores nationwide.
Consumers are also able to buy Fairtrade brazil nuts from independent stores. These Peruvian organic-Fairtrade nuts were the first nuts ever to be given the Fairtrade mark. The peanuts originate from Malawi.
“These are the first steps towards opening up the mainstream market for Fairtrade nuts in Europe,” says Duncan White, a director of Twin Trading, the alternative trading company which provides technical assistance to farmers in developing countries and has been instrumental in helping farmers to join the Fairtrade programme. “For the first time these nut gatherers and farmers will have a real say in the trading relationships and supply chains that they are involved in.”