Last week Kerry marked the end of Fairtrade Fortnight by visiting the Co-Op on Straits Parade in Fishponds. Visiting the store Kerry said "It is crucial that we give producers around the world a fair deal and I applaud The Co-operative for their efforts in this regard."
Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual celebration of the Fairtrade movement that helps producers in developing countries by guaranteeing fair prices and providing an additional social premium to fund vital community projects.
While in store, Kerry met with members of staff who will explained that, as part of its ground-breaking Ethical Plan, The Co-operative has pledged that if products can be labelled Fairtrade, they will be, and that the business aims to have achieved 90% of this by the end of the year.
The Co-operative continues to lead the way in Fairtrade, and its extensive Fairtrade range includes everything from chocolate to cereals, hot and cold drinks, fruit and nuts, and a market-leading wine range.
Kate Crossan, Manager of The Co-operative Food store on Straits Parade said: “Fairtrade Fortnight is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of this vital global movement, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming Kerry to our store.
"We’re really proud of our Fairtrade range in store, it’s fantastic to think that people can pop into the store for some fruit for the children, some coffee for the office or even a cheeky bottle of wine for that evening and, at the same time, be helping communities thousands of miles away.”
While visiting the store, Kerry said: “It is crucial that we give producers around the world a fair deal and I applaud The Co-operative for their efforts in this regard. Fairtrade Fortnight is a good time for us all to think about how small changes, like making the switch to Fairtrade products, can make a massive difference to others living in developing countries.”