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Cuppas Provide Fairtrade Boost


MORE than 350 cups of tea and coffee were given away during Fairtrade Fortnight in Crediton.

Big Brews, where people had the chance to sample Fairtrade products free of charge, were held at several venues in the town, including the Boniface Centre and Hayward's School, which was visited by cocoa producer Nicholas Kwame Adjei-Gyan, from Ghana.


At the town's Farmers' Market, campaigners gathered 173 more signatures for a petition urging the "big five" tea companies — Yorkshire Tea, Twinings, Tetley, Typhoo and PG Tips, which together produce 72 per cent of British tea — to go Fairtrade.

Fairtrade seeks to promote better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for people in the developing world.

During the fortnight, which ran from February 22 to March 7, £103 was taken at Traidcraft stalls, and 364 cups of Traidcraft tea and coffee were given away.