Fairtrade Fortnight Celebration

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Dundee Fair Trade Forum is delighted to invite you to its event ‘Come on into Fairtrade’ at Birchwood Food Emporium – Cafe, 28 – 32 Commercial Street on Wednesday 26th February at 5.30pm. 
This will be directly followed by the Dundee Fair Trade Forum’s Annual General Meeting, which you are all invited to attend. 
Dundee is Scotland’s first Fairtrade City and the Forum would like to encourage and support more local businesses in sourcing Fairtrade products. 
This event will include the opportunity to hear from Ian Alexander, owner of local business Birchwood Food Emporium – Cafe and Billy Miller from Scottish coffee supplier Coffee Conscience, about how Fairtrade is a ‘win win’ situation for all. 
We hope to be joined also by a Fairtrade cocoa producer, celebrating this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme of a living wage for cocoa farmers.  We can however promise the opportunity to enjoy some lovely samples of Fairtrade chocolate! 

Central and East Regional Fair Trade Session

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is running a series of sessions across Scotland to give supporters a chance to find our more about Fair Trade.
It aims to make these sessions as informal and practical as possible: we want you to leave feeling energised and empowered with new ideas, connections and up-to-date information on Fair Trade.  
Sessions cover topics such as: 
–        Fair Trade campaigning in the climate emergency
–        Harnessing the power of social media for Fair Trade campaigning
–        Procurement
… and includes :
–        Opportunities to meet other supporters
–        Lunch and Fairtrade tea & coffee!
The Dundee event is this Saturday – 18th January – 11am to 1.30pm at the Dalhousie Building in the University of Dundee.
You can read more about this and book a place here.

Scottish Fair Trade Nation Lecture 2018

Fairtrade: enabling sustainable, quality coffee from small-holder value chains
Monday 30th April at 6pm 
Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
This year, Ewan Reid, Director of Coffee at Glasgow-based, Matthew Algie, one of the UK’s leading coffee roasters specialising in sustainable sourcing will be speaker. 
With a 20-year Fairtrade heritage starting with the UK’s first Fairtrade espresso in 1997, today nearly 90% of the company’s sourcing is Fairtrade. Matthew Algie supplies coffee to the cafe and hospitality sector including Marks & Spencer coffee shops and around 2,500 independent coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
Ewan has worked for the company since joining as a graduate in 1993 and joined the Board in 2002. 
With a background in food science, he oversees a variety of business areas including roastery operations, quality assurance, green coffee supply chain, R&D and sustainability. A frequent visitor to Matthew Algie’s supply chain partner co-operatives in producing countries, he is also a member of Fairtrade International’s Coffee Advisory Council. 
At the Fair Trade Nation Lecture, Ewan will provide an overview of why Matthew Algie choose to use Fairtrade coffee. He will also explore the Fairtrade coffee market and the challenges and opportunities of the Fairtrade coffee system.
The lecture will start at 6pm and will be followed by Q&A and discussion. 
Tea and Coffee will be served from 5.30pm.    There will be drinks and refreshments afterwards. 
This is a free event.     All are welcome but please do register for a ticket on Eventbrite here.