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Luxembourg sixth biggest Fairtrade consumer

09.07.2014 From our online archive
Luxembourg is the sixth biggest consumer per capita of Fairtrade products in the world, spending more than 10 million euros a year on products bearing the Fairtrade label.
13.1.2014 Luxembourg, Fairtrade, tourisme à dimension humaine photo anouk antony

Luxembourg is the sixth biggest consumer per capita of Fairtrade products in the world, spending more than 10 million euros a year on products bearing the Fairtrade label.

According to Fairtrade Lëtzebuerg, sales of Fairtrade projects grew in the Grand Duchy by 17.65 percent from 2012 to 2013, with total sales equivalent to 18.64 euros per resident.

Today, more than 1,400 products with the Fairtrade label are sold in Luxembourg, the organisation said, adding that these can be purchased at around 185 different shops.

The most popular Fairtrade products were bananas, roses and coffee. Rose sales grew by 50 percent from 2012 to 2013 with Luxembourg consumers purchasing a whopping 839,200 Fairtrade roses.

The same year, 1,000 tonnes of Fairtrade bananas were sold in Luxembourg, up 34 percent on 2012, meanwhile, coffee retains a 6.5 percent share of the market.

Other Fairtrade products which are slowly catching on in popularity in Luxembourg include products made from Fairtrade cotton. Sales of these products grew by 98 percent over the year. At the same time, products using Fairtrade cacao represented 1.56 percent of the market.

The organisation reported a fall in the sale of other Faitrade fruit, despite a growth in 2012 following the Fair Fruit Days campaign.

Besides helping producers abroad by offering a fair price for their labour, Fairtrade also helped people in Luxembourg, providing 27 jobs related to the Fairtrade sector.

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