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.
Today is Revolver MD Paul's birthday, and in celebration of this special day, his interns have surprised him with a personal video greeting from none other than Giggle Blossom the virtual party clown:
This week was the start of the Fairtrade Foundation's Finding Hannah competition, and even if you missed the chance to win a free bag of Revolver coffee on Monday, you still have one more week to enter and win a mystery South American holiday for you and a friend!
Fairtrade has sent comedian Tony Law to a coffee harvest to teach Hannah about The Power of You, and how choosing Fairtrade can help make a difference.
All you need to do to win an exciting South American adventure for two, is visit thepowerofyou.org.uk and correctly guess which Fairtrade coffee producing country Hannah is in; you can even enter FAIRTRADE47 for a clue.
You'll also have the chance to win daily fairtrade prizes such as one of the 100 bags of coffee donated by Revolver.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find Hannah!
The Co-operatives West Midlands (UK) new video - all about our combined work to bring about change in the community
Revolver Co-operative has been banned by PayPal from selling CUBA coffee from the Revolver World site.
Ebay owned Paypal wrote out to a number of customers saying that the commodity is on the US banned list of goods from hostile regimes, citing United States law. The American owned firm wrote out from its "Paypal Europe S.A.R.L" address in Luxembourg, writing that British customers would be placed on the US Treasury OFAC list if they persisted in purchasing Cuba coffee. OFAC is the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury. The department deals with the "war on terror" and describes itself as The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury "administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States".
Apparently, drinking your morning coffee, can be a threat to the United States!
Paypal froze all Revolver revenues from its website, soliciting a complaint to the Secretary of State for Business innovation and skills; Vince Cable. The matter was also referred to the Office of Fair Trading. In order to release revenue, Revolver was forced to take-down the sale of Cuba coffee from its PayPal shopping basket. However, customers can still make purchases of Cuba Coffee from Revolver directly by phone, or email and can still pay by card, just not through the PayPal shopping basket.
A PayPal Europe S.A.R.L spokesman in Ireland told Revolver that it was not Revolver that was banned, but the US Government required all US firms and their subsidiaries to prevent the sale of goods from countries listed as hostile to US interests.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind introduced antidote legislation in Britain to prevent "US over-reach" into the UK. Despite this there are several incidents where US firms trading in the EU have acted to prevent Cuban nationals from staying in hotels in Britain and created other barriers. In the case of the hotel fiasco, anti-racism legislation was allegedly threatened against the Hilton Hotel group in the matter.
Former President Clinton is reported as saying it was time for US Cuba relations to move-on. In an interview to the US Global Policy Forum he is quoted as saying "Well, let me say we were on the way to that change. Back in 1996, we had a lot of changes in my first term, in our policy towards Cuba. And we were working our way toward a reconciliation. And the Cubans were working their way toward more openness, more freedom for their farmers, and their people and we were really making headway. And then, they illegally shot down those two planes, and four people died on the planes. And the Congress passed the Cuba ... the Helms/Burton bill, so-called. And I don't have much flexibility to do much more. What I have done with Cuba is to use the maximum extent of my legal powers to promote people to people contacts with Cuba and the Cuban people. I do believe there that the Cuban people have suffered because of the embargo, and we should do more in the area of food, in the area of medicine, in the area of people to people contacts. And, you know, I believe that it is just a question of time to when the United States and Cuba are reconciled. And I think that the situation is tragic
The Washington Post has predicted a thaw in relations between the US and Cuba, but progress is slow; "
The 1996 Helms-Burton Act also blocks the lifting of the embargo on trade unless significant democratic reforms are implemented and a functional democratic government is established on the island.
The Cuba Study Group called on Congress to repeal the 1996 law, saying it would allow the White House to “adopt more efficient, targeted policies necessary for pressuring the Cuban leadership to respect human rights and implement political reforms, while simultaneously empowering all other sectors of society to purse their economic well-being and become the authors of their own futures.”
The Council on the Americas paper argues that Mr. Obama could work around restrictions associated with Cuba’s current status as a state sponsor of terrorism. The White House, according to the paper, should “grant exceptions” for “sales and imports” of goods for businesses in Cuba that can prove they are not working for the Castro regime, as well as allowing for the “sale of telecommunications hardware” such as cellphone towers and satellite dishes in Cuba".
Revolver Co-operative CUBA coffee will go on sale for first time in any British supermarket next month, in branches of The Co-operative Food. Revolver's CUBA coffee available to buy by phone or email, and next month from branches of The Co-operative Food. Telephone 01902 345 345. Email address written here to avoid spam; paul dot birch at revolver dot coop
TESCO accuses whole Food industry of being involved in horse meat scandal in ads, banned by Advertising Standards AuthoritySeptember 4th, 2013 by Paul (Revolver World)
The Mail on Line's Sean Poulter writes; "Tesco has been accused of trying to fool customers over the horse-meat burger scandal by attempting to spread the blame to others.
The supermarket was the focus of public outrage after it emerged in January that some of its cheap frozen burgers were as much as 29 per cent horsemeat.
At the time, Britain’s biggest food retailer appologised but suggested it was the victim of a widespread problem, saying in adverts: ‘It’s about the whole food industry".
- Tesco said horsemeat scandal was problem for 'whole food industry'
- Advertising Standards Authority said ad breached industry codes and should not be repeated
- Claim outraged butchers who say they know where their meat comes from
Marketing Week write;
The Advertisnig Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the ad “implied” all retailers and suppliers were likely to have sold products contaminated with horse meat, when in actual fact relatively few instances had been identified when the ad appeared.
In defence, Tesco said the ads were aimed at showing customers it was taking the horse meat issue seriously and being proactive in addressing concerns. It also claimed the ad focused solely on Tesco by using wording such as “our meat” and “the problem we’ve had”.
Make your own mind-up, the ad follows. The ASA upheld the complaint made by Independent Butchers, that this was a problem affecting the whole industry. Independent's have not been affected. Tesco's ad say's "We are changing"... some in the industry question where that change will lead, in light of the fact they are making spurious claims.