Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 saw the launch of Rutland’s very own Fairtrade Chocolate Bar. The luxury milk chocolate bar has been produced by The Meaningful Chocolate Company for the Rutland Fairtrade Forum and is expected to be popular with visitors to the County as well as being an ideal gift for friends and family with links to Rutland.
The wrapper for the Rutland Fairtrade Chocolate Bar is the result of a competition run by Catmose College. The winning design was produced by Year 7 student Harrison Lang and features a striking image of Normanton Church. Teacher of Art Lora Holmes explained: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in this exciting project. We had an enthusiastic response from our pupils and we received a wide range of creative entries. Harrison’s design was a worthy winner and seeing the wrapper move from an initial concept through to a finished product has been very exciting. It is great to now see the chocolate bar on sale.”
Harrison Lang with his winning design.
Because the bars are Fairtrade the growers who provide the bar’s ingredients are guaranteed to receive a fair price for their produce as well as the Fairtrade premium which must be invested in projects which benefit the community, for example providing fresh water supplies, improving access to education or installing solar panels. The Meaningful Chocolate Company sources sugar from cooperatives in Paraguay and Belize and cocoa from cooperatives in the Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Peru, Panama and Ecuador. The Fairtrade Foundation is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the Fairtrade certification. It makes sure that farmers do actually receive both a fair price and the Fairtrade premiums. They also monitor working conditions and environmental issues such as sustainability.
Craig Mitchell, the High Sheriff of Rutland, was among those present to witness the launch of the chocolate bar. Mr Mitchell commented: ”It is wonderful to see a new high quality souvenir product which promotes Rutland. The chocolate bar is beautifully presented in a stunning wrapper, tastes delicious and has the added bonus of being ethically produced.”
The Rutland Fairtrade Chocolate bar will be available at Co-op stores in Oakham.
Any businesses interested in stocking the Rutland Fairtrade Chocolate Bar should contact the Rutland Fairtrade Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The next meeting of the Rutland Fairtrade Forum will be held on Tuesday 22nd May at 7:30pm in the Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS
A very big “Thank You” to all our Supporters who came to the Rutland Fairtrade Christmas Market on 25th November. We hope you enjoyed the event.
10 Years of Rutland’s Fairtrade Status
Fairtrade Fortnight this year marked Rutland’s 10th anniversary of gaining its Fairtrade status.
If you are interested in learning more about Fairtrade Rutland you can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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We hold our Steering Group meetings every other month at Oakham Methodist Church
The next meeting of the Rutland Fairtrade Steering Group will be on Tuesday 16th January at 7:30pm in the Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham
The many visitors to the Fairtrade Big Brew held at Oakham Methodist church hall on Saturday 4th March were invited to “Taste the Good in their Coffee.” High quality coffees from Africa and South America were available to enjoy along with other drinks and delicious homemade cakes.
Along with thousands of other growers who produce high quality coffees to Fairtrade standards they are only able to sell a proportion of it to the Fairtrade market. They need more consumers to buy Fairtrade.
Esther also met young people at Catmose College and travelled to other areas of the East Midland to share her story and to encourage more people to “Taste the Good in their Coffee.”
We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th April. The steering group remains unchanged for the next year, chaired by David Lewis.
The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 29th February – 13th March 2016 was BREAKFAST and as part of this year’s campaign we again held a Big Brew. This time on Saturday 5th March 10-12 at Oakham Methodist Church, Northgate, Oakham. It was very well attended and thank you again for all your support!
A total of 717 people visited our event at Oakham Castle and we were blessed with very good weather. Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.
The annual Rutland Fairtrade Market was held on Saturday 14 November 2015 at Victoria Hall on Oakham High Street. Thank you to everybody that was able to come along.
Through buying Fairtrade products, visitors to the market were able to help producers in some of the world’s poorest countries to use trade as a means of improving their living standards. These producers receive a guaranteed price for their produce plus a Fairtrade premium which is invested in social or environmental projects in their wider communities.
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A World of Fair Trade Producers
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The County of Rutland was granted Fairtrade Status in March 2007. This means that a certain level of support has been reached in the promotion and use of Fairtrade marked products in all sectors of the community – local authorities, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés, businesses, clubs and associations, schools and churches. Rutland County Council and the Town Councils of Oakham and Uppingham have all resolved to support and promote this initiative.