A question we are often asked! “What are our top-selling Fair Trade products” – by our customers, sometimes by our suppliers and even occasionally by our competitors?
The answer, of course, is ever-changing, depending on the time of year, promotions we might be running or trends in the marketplace.
Taking a “snap shot” in time, however, we can reveal that these 3 products have been our consistently best-sellers so far in 2012.
1/ Embroidered Cross Body Bag, handmade in India.
2/ Bright Candy Colours Bracelet with Ten Strands, again from India.
3/ Bark-Edged Mango Wood Bowl, carved by artisans in Thailand.
It`s worth noting, that nationally, sales of Fair Trade products have bucked the trend of decline in the UK retail market and grown by 12% in the last year. The value of Fairtrade products sold reached £1.32bn in 2011, compared to £1.17bn in 2010, according to figures from the Fairtrade Foundation`s annual report.
Unlike other premium sectors such as the organic market, which have lost ground as consumers struggle with the combination of rising food and energy prices and stagnant incomes, the Fairtrade market has continued to expand, which sounds like good news for relatively small businesses like ours.
However, the growth, of course, mainly reflects a move among major UK supermarkets to sell Fairtrade products at a similar retail price as “conventionally produced” equivalents – think bananas, tea, coffee, chocolate and so on.
The UK is the largest market for Fairly Traded products. Worldwide, sadly, the sector as a whole remains very small, however.
Do YOU shop for Fair Trade products on a regular basis? Do you buy online or in “bricks `n mortar” shops?
Which are your favourite retailers?
Why not leave a comment below and tell us where you like to shop?