Product composition

How much of your product needs to be Fairtrade to get certified?

Where an ingredient can be Fairtrade, we would expect you to source it as Fairtrade unless there are exceptional circumstances (such as no availability of a product). Before you apply for the certification of any product, please check whether there is a Fairtrade Product Standard equivalent for each of the raw ingredients in the product. You can also contact the relevant Category Specialist for assistance on product availability and suppliers, or email license@fairtrade.ca

Single ingredient products

Products such as bananas and coffee, which contain a single ingredient, must be 100% Fairtrade.

Composite products

For products that contain both Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade ingredients, there are composition rules to reassure consumers about the amount of Fairtrade ingredients within a particular product. Recipes need to be submitted to Fairtrade Canada showing the percentage levels of each ingredient in your product Application Forms.

Key points

  • Wherever ingredients can be Fairtrade, they should be sourced as Fairtrade.
  • Food composites must consist of at least 20% Fairtrade ingredients.
  • Where products contain more than 50% liquid or dairy, the liquid or dairy component should be removed from the percentage calculation.

For example:

business composite

If there are challenges with the availability of specific Fairtrade ingredients, contact us for assistance.