Berwick turns its focus on fairtrade

A banner is flying at the town hall during Fairtrade Fortnight

A banner is flying at the town hall during Fairtrade Fortnight

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Berwick’s commitment to promoting fairly-traded goods is being highlighted round the town during Fairtrade Fortnight.

A banner has been put in place at the town hall to draw the attention of shoppers following the renewal of Berwick’s status as a fairtrade town.

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Undated handout photo issued by the Fairtrade Foundation of a woman washing Fairtrade bananas in Colombia. The Government is being urged to launch an investigation into "price wars" which are holding down the price of bananas and could force farmers in developing countries out of business.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 24, 2014. Consumers are being pressed to join a new campaign by the Fairtrade Foundation, which warned that farmers and workers face poverty if the "dysfunctional" market is not tackled. See PA story INDUSTRY Fairtrade. Photo credit should read: Eduardo Martino/Fairtrade/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY FEBRUARY 24 Undated handout photo issued by the Fairtrade Foundation of a woman washing Fairtrade bananas in Colombia. The Government is being urged to launch an investigation into "price wars" which are holding down the price of bananas and could force farmers in developing countries out of business. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 24, 2014. Consumers are being pressed to join a new campaign by the Fairtrade Foundation, which warned that farmers and workers face poverty if the "dysfunctional" market is not tackled. See PA story INDUSTRY Fairtrade. Photo credit should read: Eduardo Martino/Fairtrade/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Members of Berwick Fairtrade Group will also be canvassing more businesses for support during this fortnight.

About 25 shops, supermarkets and catering establishments in Berwick sell fairtrade goods, and most of the churches in town support the movement. Two Berwick schools are also registered as fairtrade.

Group chairperson Fritha Middlemiss said: “We were delighted to have the status renewed for a further two years. To achieve this status the town must have a growing number of businesses, shops, restaurants, schools and churches which serve or sell fairtrade goods.

“This has been made possible not only by the hard work of the fairtrade group but also with the support of the town council.”

Extra information will be on display around the town during Fairtrade Fortnight in the Co-operative store and the library.

 

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