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Fairtrade America Gives Thanks to New Licensees and Certified Goods Added in 2021

Hu Kitchen, Russel Stover, Grace Farms Foods and Dukkan Foods among brands demonstrating their commitment to fairer trading conditions and limiting environmental impact through Fairtrade certification

Published 11-29-21

Submitted by Fairtrade America

Dukkan products
Dukkan launched the first-ever tahini made with Fairtrade certified sesame seeds

WASHINGTON, November 29, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Fairtrade America is giving thanks to its newest brand partners added in 2021, including Hu Kitchen, Russel Stover, Grace Farms Foods, noops,  Kishu Baby, Renewal Mill, Rodelle Kitchen and Dukkan Foods. By carrying the Fairtrade label, these brands are informing consumers they are committed to fairer trading conditions by producing their goods in compliance with Fairtrade’s rigorous social, economic and environmental standards designed to support secure livelihoods for small-holder farmers and workers around the world.

According to its biennial Fairtrade Consumer Insights report conducted by GlobeScan, nearly 80% of US shoppers aware of Fairtrade would look at a brand that carried its certification label more favorably, and 73% of Fairtrade shoppers are willing to pay more for a product to ensure producers are paid a fair price.[1] Additionally, 77% of Fairtrade shoppers say the Fairtrade Mark makes it easy to decide if a product is ethically and responsibly produced. This reinforces a growing consumer demand for transparency, demonstrable fair wages, and environmental protection in sourcing and production.

Russel Stover Joy bites
Russel Stover Chocolates launched Joy Bites, its first-ever collection of no-sugar added chocolate bars made with Fairtrade certified cocoa

Fairtrade’s newest brand partners are now part of an ecosystem that help farmers and workers get a fair deal, support themselves and their families and farm sustainably in the face of climate change challenges. New Fairtrade certified brands include:

  • Hu Kitchen: Committed to UltraSimple™, healthy ingredients, Hu Kitchen, is one of the fastest-growing snack companies in the US, creating delicious paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free treats, now with Fairtrade certified ingredients in their Chocolate Bars and Baking Gems.
  • Russell Stover Chocolates: The 98-year-old confectionery company known for its gifting chocolate launched Joy Bites this summer – its first-ever collection of no-sugar-added chocolate bars. The new line of five bars is carefully crafted with Fairtrade certified cocoa and features breakable bites in resealable packaging that’s 100% recyclable with FSC-certified outer sleeves; reinforcing the company’s part of a much larger sustainability vision that counts on so many to be successful.
  • Grace Farms Foods: Grace Farms was created and is operated by Grace Farms Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending forced labor. Announced in November, the organization introduced the first-ever Fairtrade certified chocolate chip cookie in the US, sourcing and certifying the cocoa, sugar and vanilla from Fairtrade producers. The cookies were carefully crafted through a collaboration with celebrity chef and “Chopped” champion Silvia Baldini, with the intention to demonstrate fair and just supply chains are possible.
  • Dukkan Foods: Dukkan brings the nostalgic corner store spirit to every corner of the world with authentic and thoughtfully-made products that celebrate its Middle Eastern roots. This fall, Dukkan launched the first-ever tahini made with Fairtrade certified sesame seeds in the US. The tahini is also fully organic, and the sesame seeds are sourced from the south of Egypt and Sudan.

“It is such an honor to partner with our Fairtrade certified brands and jointly raise the voices of the 1.8 million farmers and workers behind products we buy every day,” said Peg Willingham, Executive Director, Fairtrade America. “It’s imperative we work together to promote fairer trading conditions, and in turn combat poverty, child labor, gender inequality and climate change. When consumers choose products from our brand partners, they are part of a community standing up for justice and for a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

“We are proud to now join the Fairtrade movement and do our part to help ensure all farmers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods,” said Adam Thatcher, Co-Founder of Grace Farms Foods. “By working with Fairtrade, we are providing consumers with an easy-to-recognize way to know that our products are made with care for people at the center.”

Grace Farms Foods Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie
Grace Farms Foods introduced Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, the first-ever Fairtrade certified chocolate chip cookie in the US

The Fairtrade Mark is the most recognized ethical label in the world.[2]  Fairtrade International, was again considered the gold standard of fair trade certifications in an analysis conducted by Fair World Project, an independent advocacy group promoting fair trade for small-scale producers and labor justice for workers around the world. To learn more about joining the global community of brands, manufacturers and producers dedicated to making trade fair at every step of the supply chain, visit the certification process page on the Fairtrade America site.

Learn More About Fairtrade

To easily identify and purchase Fairtrade-certified products, check out the Fairtrade America Product Finder including hundreds of certified goods sold in the US with more products being added on a regular basis.

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About Fairtrade America

Fairtrade America betters the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries by inspiring businesses to implement ethical production practices and assisting shoppers in making informed purchasing decisions. Fairtrade America is the US chapter of Fairtrade International, the original and global leader in fair trade certification with over 30 years of experience working to make trade fair, with headquarters in more than 30 countries across the globe. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Fairtrade America is the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system—part of a global movement for change. Learn more at www.fairtradeamerica.org, and by connecting with Fairtrade America on Instagram and LinkedIn.


[1] 2021 GlobeScan: Fairtrade & the Sustainable Shopper - https://www.fairtradeamerica.org/why-fairtrade/global-impact/reports-trends/2021-globescan-fairtrade-the-sustainable-shopper/

[2] 2021 GlobeScan: Social and environmental values increasingly drive consumers’ choices, according to new research - https://www.fairtrade.net/news/social-and-environmental-values-increasingly-drive-consumers-choices-according-to-new-research

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Fairtrade America betters the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries by inspiring businesses to implement ethical production practices and assisting shoppers in making informed purchasing decisions. Fairtrade America is the US chapter of Fairtrade International, the original and global leader in fair trade certification with over 30 years of experience working to make trade fair, with headquarters in more than 30 countries across the globe. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Fairtrade America is the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system - part of a global movement for change. Learn more at www.fairtradeamerica.org.

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