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Fairtrade goes bananas

Queensferry Fairtrade group at the local Scotmid store

Queensferry Fairtrade group at the local Scotmid store

Scotmid and Queensferry Fair Trade Group is asking locals to go bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight, which kicked off across the UK this week.

Scotmid and Queensferry Fair Trade Group is asking locals to go bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight, which kicked off across the UK this week.

The Queensferry community will be able to get involved in a range of Fairtrade events organised by the Queensferry Fairtrade Group.

Members of the group will be visiting primary schools and youth organisations in the area to speak to the children and participate in their Fairtrade events. And members also hosted their annual stall in the Queensferry Scotmid where they displayed all the Fairtrade products available in-store. Tastings were on offer and questions about the products were answered by the team.

South Queensferry was named a Royal Fairtrade Burgh in 2008 and the community has championed the Fairtrade movement ever since.

Scotmid Co-operative has been a proud supporter of the Queensferry Fairtrade Group for many years.

This year, it also sponsored the group’s Banana Bonanza coffee morning in Queensferry Parish Church Centre.

Fairtrade Fortnight’s campaign will this year focus on bananas – only one in three of all bananas sold in the UK each year is certified Fairtrade.

Scotmid only sells Fairtrade bananas in its stores across Scotland.

Aidan O’Sullivan, store manager of Scotmid in Queensferry, said: “Scotmid is very proud to support the Queensferry Fairtrade Group and we are looking forward to another fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight instore.

“This Fairtrade Fortnight, we’ll be encouraging our customers to choose Fairtrade products when they can to help transform the lives of farmers and producers in the developing world.”

Scotmid Co-operative will be offering a 20 per cent discount on many Fairtrade products during the fortnight, including tea, chocolate and wine.

Scotmid is supporting Fairtrade events across Scotland, including a Fairtrade football tournament in Bonnyrigg and a Fairtrade fashion show in Edinburgh.

It will also be working with local communities to raise awareness of the importance of buying fairly traded goods.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 24 through to March 9.

 

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