Fairtrade Fortnight 2015: 10 best food and drink

You might have the ubiquitous bananas in your cupboard, but what about other ethically-sourced offerings? IndyBest finds products to try this Fairtrade Fortnight

Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight (February 23- 8 March) with products from wine to white chocolate, all certified by the Fairtrade Foundation, working to help get farmers a better deal.

{1} Pukka Vanilla Chai: £2.39, tesco.com

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10 of Pukka’s teas are Fairtrade certified, including this caffine-free vanilla, made with six ethically-sourced, organically-grown herbs. The stars of the show include warming cinnamon and zingy ginger, to give you a natural lift.

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{2} Grumpy Mule Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Ground Coffee: £3.99, ocado.com

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There are a lot of Fairtrade coffees on the market but this awardwinning brew is a bit special; a slow roasted, aromatic creation with citrusy notes, ideal for a refreshing breakfast cup. The beans come from small-holder cooperatives where organic farming is the status quo.

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{3} Quinola Pearl & Red Express Organic Quinoa: £2.55, ocado.com

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Quinoa is a great source of protein. This variety, grown by smallhold farmers in Peru, is delicious in salad and makes for an interesting change from rice or pasta. These handy packs can be eaten cold, or warmed up for a couple of minutes in the microwave.

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{4} GeoMuesli Mixed Berries: £3.90, traidcraftshop.co.uk

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Do you know where the fruit and nuts in your morning bowl of cereal come from? GeoMuesli pride themselves in using Fairtrade ingredients, including the Chilean and South African raisins and Ugandan banana in this box.

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{5} Makers and Merchants Hello Sailor Chocolate Bar: £2.50, uniqueandunity.co.uk

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This is not your average bar: the intensely creamy chocolate, with a touch of sea salt, all packaged up in Makers and Merchants’ fun packaging, is a sweet and ethically-sound pressie for a loved one.

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{6} Ben & Jerry’s Satisfy My Bowl: £4.49, tesco.com

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You might not have realised that Ben & Jerry’s innovate ices are all made using Fairtrade ingredients. This is their newest flavour, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Bob Marley’s Legend album. The need to know: you get banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls, amid chocolatey peace signs.

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{7} Marks & Spencer Peacocktail Sauvignon Blanc: £7.99 a bottle or £47.94 a case of 6, marksandspencer.com

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Here’s a wine that stands out from the pack; with notes of grapefruit, herbs and hints of lime, it a fresh, aromatic bottle. One that will make you think of summer days, even in dreary February.

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{8} Fairglobe Fairtrade Cranberry Cookies: £1.09, lidl.co.uk (in store only)

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Lidl have an good Fairtrade offering, including these chocolatey and fruity biscuits with ingredients sourced from farms in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Ghana. We’ve been eating ours with an afternoon cuppa.

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{9} Seriously Nutty Pistachio, Hazelnut and Almond Milk Chocolate: £1.40, waitrose.com

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Waitrose has recently launched five new Fairtrade chocolate bars, including this creamy, crunchy number made with three types of roasted nuts.

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{10} Cadburys Fairtrade Chocolate Sprinkler: £2.15, tesco.com

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Cadbury’s Dairy Milk went Fairtrade in 2009, and there are other options to choose from, too. We like this sprinkler for decorating cakes or adding to your coffee – made from ethically-sourced beans, obviously.

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Verdict:

Both Grumpy Mule coffee and GeoMuseli make it easy to get the day off to a Fairtrade start. Quinola’s ready-to-eat quinoa surprised us with the depth of flavour from something so quick to prepare. And for a special bar of chocolate, you can’t beat Makers and Merchants’ Fairtrade offering.

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