A variety of beverage options now exist in Canada. Currently, beer, spirits, juice and kombucha are available as Fairtrade certified.
These beverages often source Fair Trade sugar and tea, while beer uses rice and spirits use quinoa.
Often not thought of when discussions of Fair Trade products occur but beer and ales are beginning to develop a place in the conversation. Utilizing some of the traditional methods of brewing, barley malt and organic hops are two of the three main ingredients.
What makes a beer Fair Trade? It is the use of organic and Fair Trade certified rice that sets it apart from all others.
Full information on Fair Trade Rice can be found on our Rice page.
Over the past few years, prices for fruits used in juices have dropped significantly. Orange prices are often so low that they do not even cover production costs for small- and medium-sized producers. Furthermore, orange juice production is concentrated in the hands of a few powerful multinational corporations that control the market. This hampers small farmers’ ability to compete and forces many of them out of business.
Fair Trade helps small farmers to survive on the world market by providing stable prices independent of market developments. Fair Trade standards for plantations ensure minimum wages for workers and decent living and working conditions.
Information provided by Fairtrade International.
Kombucha, is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black tea and or green tea that is used as a functional food. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or "SCOBY"
Vodka, Rum and Liquers are now available as Fairtrade certified, as they are made out of quinoa.