Our Fairtrade roast and ground 227g coffees are already available in over 50 Co-operative stores plus Stirchley Stores in Birmingham, Infinity Wholefoods in Brighton and Snapdragon Wholefoods in Shrewsbury! Find your nearest shop: use our searchable Store Locator map. You can also order your coffee online from Revolver World - every purchase includes a free music download and half-price ecru Organic Fairtrade cotton T-shirt.
As you may have noticed, England has fairly horrible weather, as recently demonstrated by the flooding that is currently affecting parts of the UK. Although it is a prominent feature of the news, one area that has mostly been overlooked is the damage and disaster caused to the farming community.
During the last few years, whenever there has been flooding, it is often the framers who take the worst of the damage. The flooding destroys massive areas of farmland and crops, whilst the rain and water make it extremely difficult for livestock farmers to prepare hay and silage for winter, as they are forced to either rent grazing land at high cost or sell their animals to slaughter. All of this results in heavy costs and months of clean up for farmers in affected areas.
Fellow farmers are doing their best to help, with those from Yorkshire donating 15 tons of hay, silage and straw to Somerset to be delivered by two tractors to show their support in hard times, although even this may not be enough to help, as many businesses may have to close due to an estimated £10 million in total damages across the area.
It up to us to help out too, the following are ways you can help:
To donate to help farmers hit by the floods go to fcn.org.uk or call the hotline on 0845 367 9990.
The Addington Fund has also opened a special Somerset flooding appeal at http://www.addingtonfund.org.uk/news/more/somerset-flooding/
Finally the Royal Bath and West Society set up The Somerset Levels Relief Fund in September 2013 with the express aim of raising funds towards dredging in the local area. Visit them at http://www.bathandwest.com/somerset-levels/258/ alternatively at https://www.justgiving.com/Somerset-Levels-Relief-Fund or even phone them at 01749 822200 to find out more and donate.
Yes it coming up to that special time of year, that means so much to all of us, a time of giving, sharing... No we're not talking about Valentines Day, we're talking about Fairtrade Fortnight. It’s a time of year when we work even harder to promote Trade Justice and this year it’s all about our beloved bananas.
Since its launch in 2001 Fairtrade has expanded to the point where 1 out of every 3 bananas is fairtrade certified, and considering the over 5 billion bananas eaten in the UK alone, that is a lot of money going towards a good cause. However, there still remains many banana farmers who are denied a fair deal for the fruit they work so hard to produce, so that’s why this year we are doing everything we can to help spread the word.
To find out more or to get involved, visit the Fairtrade website at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/.
Yesterday, Birmingham City Council hosted an award ceremony for the first signatories of its Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, a proposal to promote social and environmental accountability within local businesses.
Revolver's Jeremy Burgess (bottom left) was among the 17 representatives from local companies signing the charter and committing to the action plan (available to download below) we proposed last year; outlining our strategy to contribute to the local community, economy, and environment.
Council Leader Cllr Sir Albert Bore presented each representative with certification and a proud reminder of the council's advocation of their efforts to support the local community.
As a social enterprise, our focus is generally on helping to improve the lives of communities in the developing world, and although we have always been actively involved in the local community, signing the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility has given us manageable and achievable goals to work towards becoming partners in our community. For this, we would like to extend our thanks to Shariat Rokneddin, Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cllr Sir Albert Bore, and Birmingham Council.
Revolver Co-operative was recently granted license to use the International Co-operative Alliance's new Co-operative logo and tagline, which will soon be featured on our packaging as a sign of our continuing support for the global co-operative movement...
...So next time you buy a bag of Revolver coffee, look out for the COOP logo (below)!
To celebrate the holiday, we are launching £1 packs of our "summer in a cup" coffee's from Central America and Africa. The coffee's are available now in a number of The Co-operative Food stores, part of The Midcounties Co-operative. These slimmed-down packs, have 8 or 10 servings depending upon the coffee type (Colombia and Costa Rica 10 and Cuba and Ethiopia 8). Take them away with you on holiday, try the different varieties or offer guests their choice of coffee.
Now Fairtrade coffee is affordable