New data released out of the US shows that sales of Fairtrade products rose 24 percent in 2010. Similarly, the Fairtrade market broke the £1 billion mark (€1.16 billion ) in the UK last year.
Sales of Fairtrade products in the US in 2009 were pegged at $1.2 billion (€863 million).
Here's a look at the leading Fairtrade products:
Growth in the US in 2010
Ready-drink tea and coffee 39%
Skin and body care 32%
- Source: Fair Trade USA
Growth in the UK in 2010
Every day, Britons consume 9.3 million cups of Fairtrade tea; 6.4 million cups of Fairtrade coffee; 2.3 million Fairtrade chocolate bars; 530,000 cups of Fairtrade hot chocolate, and 3.1 million Fairtrade bananas.
Chocolate confectionery quadrupled to a retail value of £342 million, making chocolate the leading Fairtrade product by value in the UK
Drinking chocolate tripled to a value of £34 million
Coffee sales by volume increased 16%
Tea increased by volume 5%
Other categories like Fairtrade fruit, flowers and cotton declined or flatlined.
- Source: Fairtrade Foundation UK