How Sweet is Fairtrade?

Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In April we focus on Fairtrade sugar and frozen treats. 

When you shop for sugar bearing the FAIRTRADE Mark it means a sweeter deal for more than 62,000 small-scale sugar farmers who work within the Fairtrade system. They benefit significantly from the Fairtrade Premium which is often used to enhance farming techniques. In addition, the Premium is used to fund as community initiatives such as health care and education.

Spring arrives in much of the country in April so we can enjoy indulgences such as ice cream, non-dairy alternatives and freezies. Search our interactive database for the ‘frozen treats’ category to see what options are available with the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Producer Portrait

Carlos Arguero in his sugar cane field in Paraguay © TransFair e.V.

Carlos has been a member of Manduvira Co-operative since 2012. The Co-operative, located in the South-West of Paraguay, has been Fairtrade certified since 1999. From an initial membership of 200 producers, it has grown to more than 1700. In 2014 Manduvira opened the world’s first producer-owned sugar mill for Fairtrade organic sugar.

"My father was one of the first members of the Co-operative. Now we have our own production line for sugar. Before we only cultivated, now we are producers."

Read more about Manduvira on our Farmers & Workers page. 


  • March 2017 - Fairtrade Flavours!

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In March we encourage you to look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping for mouthwatering ingredients to use in the kitchen. From savoury soy-based sauces and creamy coconut milk to grains such as rice and quinoa, the delicious flavours of Fairtrade products are sure to make your dishes stand out.

  • February 2017 - Love Fairtrade!

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This February we love the feeling we get when we spoil that special someone with Fairtrade certified flowers, chocolate, wine and gold. The feeling of knowing that your gift means as much to the farmers and workers behind it as it does to the person receiving it. Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark to be assured that your Valentine’s treats meet our rigorous international standards.

  • January 2017 - Fairtrade Coffee and tea

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This January why not make a new year’s resolution to make your daily coffee or tea always Fairtrade? Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when you’re shopping to make a difference in the lives of more than a million coffee and tea farmers and workers around the world. Read more about other Fairtrade new year’s resolutions on our blog. 

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    December 2016 - FAIRTRADE SUGAR, SPICES AND BAKING GOODS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This December, as winter gets underway, we’re looking forward to filling our homes with the delicious scents of freshly baked holiday goodies made using Fairtrade certified sugar, herbs, spices and other baking goods. Whether you’re making treats for your family gatherings, or dishes to bring to office potlucks, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping to be sure that your sweet and savoury ingredients make a difference to farmers and workers who are marginalized by trade.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    November 2016 - FAIRTRADE FRUITS & VEGETABLES – MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PRODUCERS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This November, we savour the lingering flavours of summer with delicious fruits and vegetables. While Fairtrade bananas are available in many parts of the country, dedicated Canadian companies are importing a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables to expand the market for Fairtrade produce and ensure a fair deal for farmers and workers.

  • Cocoa

    October 2016 - Fairtrade Cocoa – The Ethical Treat

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. Whether you’re shopping for ethical treats to hand out on Halloween, or an occasional indulgence for yourself, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on your chocolate and other cocoa products this October. Buying Fairtrade makes a significant difference in the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.

  • Coffee

    September 2016 - MAKE FAIRTRADE COFFEE AND TEA YOUR DAILY CHOICE

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This September we encourage all Canadians to look for the FAIRTRADE MARK when buying coffee and tea. Making the ethical choice for your daily caffeine fix can make a significant difference in the lives of farmers and workers in countries around the world. 

  • Cotton

    August 2016 - FAIRTRADE COTTON – CHOOSE PRODUCTS THAT CHANGE LIVES

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In August we enjoy the natural beauty of Fairtrade cotton. From practical tote bags, bedding and towels to whimsical baby clothing and accessories, the FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a growing number of textile products in Canada.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    July 2016 - PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH FAIRTRADE COSMETICS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In July we focus on cosmetics and personal care products for soft, healthy skin and hair. The FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a wide range of body care options, from lip balms and soaps to body lotions and scrubs.

  • Sport Balls

    JUNE 2016 - PLAY FAIR WITH FAIRTRADE SPORTS BALLS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In June we welcome summer and get active outdoors with Fairtrade sports balls.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    May 2016 - Fairtrade Month

    In May we celebrate Fairtrade Month, meaning that everything Fairtrade is in the spotlight for the whole month. With special events, retail campaigns and more, we focus on the benefits that Fairtrade provides to more than 1.65 million farmers and workers around the world.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    April 2016 - Fairtrade ice cream and sugar – the sweet and sustainable choices

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In April we indulge our sweet tooth by using Fairtrade sugar – whether in a cup of tea or coffee, or used to bake tasty treats. We also welcome the warmer weather with a scoop of Fairtrade ice cream.

  • Gender

    March 2016 - Choose Fairtrade coconut products, grains and sauces to fight the gender gap

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories.  In March, we fight the winter blues with exotic and flavourful cuisine made with Fairtrade ingredients featuring coconut-based products, grains such as rice and quinoa, and savoury sauces.

  • Chocolate

    February 2016 - treat everyone (including yourself) with Fairtrade chocolate, flowers, wine and gold!

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This month we celebrate chocolate, flowers, wine and gold.