Fairtrade Cocoa – The Ethical Treat

Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. Whether you’re shopping for ethical treats to hand out on Halloween, or an occasional indulgence for yourself, be sure to look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on your chocolate and other cocoa products this October. Buying Fairtrade makes a significant difference in the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.

From local specialty chocolatiers to international brands, there are countless options for delicious Fairtrade chocolate in stores across the country. As the fall brings cooler weather you might be tempted by a mug of tasty hot chocolate. Fairtrade certified cocoa powder is widely available and great for all your baking needs.

Producer Portrait


Margarite Lalutu  is a member of ECOOKIM - a union of seven primary co-operatives located in rural communities across four regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

“Since we became members of the cooperative all my daughters can go to school. Four of my children go to the secondary school already and the other two girls are still in primary school.” Margarite works on her husband’s cocoa farm, but has also started to grow cocoa on one hectare of her own land. She planted the first trees a couple of years ago, so by now they should just about be ready for their first harvest.  

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    September 2017 - Make Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Your Daily Choice

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This September we encourage all Canadians to look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when buying coffee and tea. Making the ethical choice for your daily caffeine fix can make a significant difference in the lives of farmers and workers in countries around the world.

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    August 2017 - Fairtrade Cotton – Choose Products That Change Lives

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In August we enjoy the natural beauty of Fairtrade cotton. The FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a growing number of textile products in Canada, including t-shirts, tote bags, baby clothes and accessories.

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    July 2017 - Choose Fairtrade cosmetics and personal care products for soft, healthy skin and hair

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In July we focus on cosmetics and personal care products. The FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a wide range of body care options, from lip balms and soaps to body lotions and scrubs.

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    June 2017 - Play Fair With Fairtrade Sports Balls

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. With many sports seasons kicking off in June, we encourage you to play fair and look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping for sports balls. You can find Fairtrade certified balls for soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football and rugby.

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    May 2017 - Celebrate Fairtrade

    May is Fairtrade Month – a chance to celebrate Fairtrade’s achievements in Canada and around the world.

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    April 2017 - How Sweet is Fairtrade?

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In April we focus on Fairtrade sugar and frozen treats.

  • Phawadee Suphansai

    March 2017 - Fairtrade Flavours!

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In March we encourage you to look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping for mouthwatering ingredients to use in the kitchen. From savoury soy-based sauces and creamy coconut milk to grains such as rice and quinoa, the delicious flavours of Fairtrade products are sure to make your dishes stand out.

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    February 2017 - Love Fairtrade!

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This February we love the feeling we get when we spoil that special someone with Fairtrade certified flowers, chocolate, wine and gold. The feeling of knowing that your gift means as much to the farmers and workers behind it as it does to the person receiving it. Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark to be assured that your Valentine’s treats meet our rigorous international standards.

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    January 2017 - Fairtrade Coffee and tea

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This January why not make a new year’s resolution to make your daily coffee or tea always Fairtrade? Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when you’re shopping to make a difference in the lives of more than a million coffee and tea farmers and workers around the world. Read more about other Fairtrade new year’s resolutions on our blog. 

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    December 2016 - FAIRTRADE SUGAR, SPICES AND BAKING GOODS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This December, as winter gets underway, we’re looking forward to filling our homes with the delicious scents of freshly baked holiday goodies made using Fairtrade certified sugar, herbs, spices and other baking goods. Whether you’re making treats for your family gatherings, or dishes to bring to office potlucks, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping to be sure that your sweet and savoury ingredients make a difference to farmers and workers who are marginalized by trade.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    November 2016 - FAIRTRADE FRUITS & VEGETABLES – MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PRODUCERS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This November, we savour the lingering flavours of summer with delicious fruits and vegetables. While Fairtrade bananas are available in many parts of the country, dedicated Canadian companies are importing a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables to expand the market for Fairtrade produce and ensure a fair deal for farmers and workers.