Foundation to push fair trade products

The Fairtrade Foundation is launching a three-year campaign to encourage catering and food and drink retail chains to offer more fair trade products.

The foundation is launching a directory of more than 100 companies that supply Fairtrade-certified products to the food service industry. Eating places are also to be given new promotional materials such as posters, coffee mats and window stickers to alert customers to the fact that they are serving fair trade refreshments.

"Fair trade products are growing rapidly in the out-of-home sector, but there's a long way to go before customers have the same choice of products with the Fairtrade mark when eating out," said Ian Bretman, deputy director of the Fairtrade Foundation.

Some chains such as Costa Coffee, Pret A Manger and Starbucks already sell fair trade coffee.

The foundation has also announced that it is on course to meet its target of doubling sales every two years. Sales of certified products reached £63m for the first six months of this year.

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