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.
Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of attending a Fairtrade Breakfast at the City Chambers to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.
It was an thoroughly enjoyable breakfast with pupils from local schools who are helping to promote Fairtrade in their schools and communities. There was also an excellent presentation from St John’s High School pupils.
Here’s a couple of photos from the event :
|Presentation by St John’s High School pupils|
Later in the morning, I met with a constituent and two officers from the City Development Department of the City Council to look at road safety for Blackness Primary School pupils and pedestrians generally crossing Perth Road near Pennycook Lane.
It was agreed that the pedestrian crossing can be improved – by resiting the large utilities box on the south side of the crossing that obscures pedestrians from drivers heading west (see first photo below). It was also agreed that, once funding is available, the crossing (see second photo below) will be modernised, with better signals with LED lights.
Last night, I attended the latest meeting of Friends of Blackness at Blackness Primary School. Friends of Blackness covers the roles of both Parent Council and Parent Teacher Association. It was a very positive meeting with updates from Mr Ferrier, Head Teacher, about school activities, staffing update and the school improvement plan and a discussion about the structure of future meetings.
I updated the group about the earlier site meeting and also the issue of improved bicycle storage at the school.