March 7th, 2011
A growing number of consumers are putting their food dollars into Fair Trade products that support an equitable wage for global producers.
Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S., reports that sales increased 24 percent, rising to $170 million during 2010.
The increase was strong at the traditional natural grocers (a 16 percent year over year increase) and specialty stores (22 percent) where consumers have typically found Fair Trade products. But it was strongest at mainstream stores (26 percent), according to a survey by the SPINS consulting service on behalf of Fair Trade USA.