Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | August 18, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says Sam’s Clubs will now offer a Fair Trade Certified coffee from Brazil.

We buy all of our coffee from a Sam’s Club.  Thus, we were very excited to hear that a new Fair Trade Certified coffee from Brazil is now available in more than 600 Sam’s Club locations in the United States. These new products are part of the innovative Responsible Sourcing Partnership Project that links Brazilian coffee farmers with mass market coffee consumers in the United States through Fair Trade certification.

The project aims to expand and improve the quality of Fair Trade Certified coffee supply through investments in infrastructure, technical assistance with production and post-harvest processing, as well as training in coffee quality management.

These investments will result in increased producer capacity through organizational strengthening including financial management operations and marketing. The partnership also raises the marketing capacity of Brazilian coffee growers to improve the reputation of Brazilian coffee, raises awareness of Fair Trade impact and empowers producers in the marketplace.

In 2008, imports of Fair Trade Certified coffee grew more than 30 percent. Fair Trade is a market-based approach to sustainable development, seeking to empower millions of disadvantaged producers worldwide while protecting the environment for future generations. Sam’s Club also sells Fair Trade Certified bananas, dried fruit and wine, among other products.

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