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Poole Shoppers Enjoyed Fairtrade Taste Test

Thanks to kind donations from ASDA and the Co-Operative, Borough of Poole, in partnership with Transition Town Poole, gave out hundreds of Fairtrade samples of chocolate and fruit to shoppers at the Dolphin Centre on Wednesday 6 March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The shopping trolley full of Fairtrade products from ASDA included pineapples, oranges, bananas, Geobars and a range of chocolate bars, including well known brands such as Green & Black's, Cadbury and ASDA’s Extra Special range. With additional Fairtrade chocolate supplies from the Co-Operative, over 200 shoppers enjoyed tasting a range of products and learning more about Fairtrade and the campaign for Fairtrade Town status for Poole.

Gwyn Jones, Transition Town Poole, said: "I was delighted with the positive response we received about Fairtrade and the campaign for a Fairtrade Poole. Many more people than I expected – across all age ranges - are committed to supporting the principles of fair trade by regularly buying Fairtrade products."

This event is one of several events that have taken place across Poole as part of the Fairtrade Fortnight to raise awareness of Fairtrade. Borough of Poole and Chaplaincy Wessex enjoyed another Fairtrade Taste Test stand at Bournemouth and Poole college on Thursday 7 March, thanks again to kind donations from ASDA and the Co-Operative. The taste test stand also proved to be a big success at the Civic Centre last week with over 200 bananas and 200 KitKats being given out, thanks to donations from Tesco and Chaplaincy Wessex.

Lucy Cooper, President, Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: "It is really encouraging to see businesses of all different sizes getting involved in the Fairtrade awareness and we are fully supportive of this campaign. It is important that businesses know how they can get involved as it may be something as easy as swapping to Fairtrade tea bags in the office."
 
Many of the shoppers who visited the Dolphin Centre commented that they didn't realise KitKats and Cadbury’s Dairy Milk were Fairtrade and one request that came up regularly was for supermarkets to make Fairtrade products easier to find.

Councillor Judy Butt, Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement, Participation and Communities, Borough of Poole, said: "It was great fun brandishing a 5ft Fairtrade inflatable banana, it certainly got people’s attention and raised a smile or two as well as awareness of the Fairtrade ethos and principles. The work to establish Poole as a Fairtrade Town goes from strength to strength, and thanks to our communities supporting Fairtrade products we are getting closer to acheiving this goal."
 
Becoming a Fairtrade Town shows Poole’s commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the FAIRTRADE Mark. Poole’s prosperity was based on the wool and cod trade with Canada – two of the first industries with global connections. Poole has a long history of campaigning for global justice and has a strong belief in fairness for all.