The Fairtrade Foundation and leading food on-the-go retailer Greggs are proud to announce that from Thursday 5 May, customers will be able to buy Fairtrade bananas in 350 of its shops as part of the chain’s commitment to extending its healthy snacking options.
Health conscious customers can now enjoy Fairtrade bananas from Greggs as part of a trial over the forthcoming weeks, confident in the knowledge that banana producers in Columbia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are also waking up to a better deal.
Euan Venters, commercial director at the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “We welcome Greggs’ commitment to extending the range of Fairtrade products on offer to their customers to bananas. This is sweet news indeed for banana producers. When you buy Fairtrade bananas, you’re supporting growers all around the world to get a fair price for their crop, in addition to a Fairtrade Premium to fund local community projects.”
Bananas are the nation’s favourite fruit and are grown by millions of small-scale farmers and plantation workers in tropical regions. The banana industry provides employment for thousands of people, but the social problems in the industry are many and complex and include low workers’ wages, precarious employment, restrictions on the right to organise themselves and the handling of unhealthy and environmentally hazardous chemicals without adequate protection.
Fairtrade works to support both banana farmers and workers employed on plantations, creating more value for producers. Fairtrade certified banana producers meet social, economic and environmental standards, including protection of workers’ rights and the environment and payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
A spokesperson at Greggs said: “Greggs are proud to be able to make a positive difference through our commitment to purchasing Fairtrade bananas. We are committed to responsible sourcing and are active supporters of Fairtrade with all of our tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar sachets, orange juice and apple juice being certified Fairtrade.”