Fair trade purchases on rise, but still trail rest of Europe

Fair-trade coffee on a supermarket shelf in Spain. Photo: CECJ via El Diario
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► 53% rise in fair-trade purchases, mainly coffee, cocoa & other foodstuffs
► But Spaniards spend just €2 each per year, compared to €15 Europe-wide

Consumption of fair-trade goods in Spain jumped 53 percent during 2018, totalling nearly 78 million euros last year, an increase driven largely by increased purchases of fair-trade textile and cosmetic products.

According to figures released by Spain’s Coordinadora Estatal de Comercio Justo (CECJ, or ‘ National Fair-Trade Coordinating Council’), Spanish consumers nevertheless lag their counterparts throughout the rest of Europe in the purchase of fair-trade goods.

Although Spanish consumers spent a total of 77.8 million euros on fair-trade products last year, the average consumer in Spain spends just 2 euros per year on fair trade goods, compared to 15 euros on average throughout the rest of Europe.

Even so, said CECJ spokesperson Alberto Abad, Spain’s fair-trade retail sector has seen a steady growth with 2018 registering the most solid growth in recent years.

According to the organization, 95 percent of all fair-trade sales in Spain correspond to food products, principally coffee and cocoa. The principal point of sale for fair-trade products are Spanish supermarkets, where 66.5 percent of all sales were registered last year.

► Read More in Spanish at El Diario and Europa Press…

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