Media Release: Fair Trade campaigners welcome Commonwealth Games food strategy

THE national body which co-ordinates Fair Trade campaigning in Scotland, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, has today welcomed the publication of the official plan for food and drink procurement at next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The plan, which was published on Friday, pledges to include Fair Trade goods “wherever possible” in the food and drinks which will be supplied to athletes, officials, and visitors at the Games.

Says a spokesperson: “It has been confirmed that bananas, sugar, tea, and coffee will be among the ‘fair fare’ on offer, with more expected to follow. By including Fair Trade products in the Games, organisers hope to honour Glasgow’s Fair Trade City status, which was achieved in March 2006.”

Speaking after the plan’s publication, the director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Martin Rhodes, said:

“We are delighted that the Commonwealth Games organisers have decided to make Fair Trade such a prominent part of Glasgow 2014. The Games give Scotland the chance to show off our achievements as one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations, and communicate the importance of Fair Trade to a truly global audience.”


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Editor’s Notes

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum was founded in 2007 to help Scotland become one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations, which was achieved in February 2013. Through its work with other Fair Trade bodies in the UK and beyond, the organisation engages directly with many Fair Trade groups, schools, universities, local authorities and others to support ongoing fair trade activity and encourage it to grow stronger.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is a Scottish charity (SC039883) and a Scottish company (SC337384). Registered office: Thistle Court, 1-2 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DD.

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