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Where to buy Revolver World Fairtrade coffees (with searchable map!)

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.

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Fairtrade Birmingham (FAB) launches new site

July 3rd, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

Pleased to say Fairtrade Association Birmingham - FAB has launched its new web site; Fairtrade Birmingham is a regional group working with the Fairtrade Foundation (FLO) and those NGO's interested in sustainability and climate change with a view to lifting people out of poverty, particularly where there is under employment (Defined by the WTO as working excessive hours for less than subsistence income).

Coffee farmers in Tanzania are earning less than $350 a year and have average families of six. Making changes in consumption in favour of those firms helping make a difference is fundamental to trade-justice and Fairtrade Association Birmingham (FAB) are committed to engaging in these issues that affect impoverished producers and consumers alike.

Revolver announces 2014 AGM

May 8th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

Our AGM will this year be at The Co-operative Home & Living store, Coventry, commencing 10.00 am on Saturday 24th May 2014. All members, customers, suppliers and those interested in becoming members are welcome and there will be opportunities to discuss co-operative issues related to our developing business. We will be announcing our keynote speaker here, details will be updated shortly. If you would like to join us at the AGM or have questions, please call us on 01902 345345 or email

As Pfizer has its eye on Astra Zeneca, we ask who are Pfizer and what is their relationship with Monsanto, the AG company behind Genetic Modification of crops

May 7th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

AstraZeneca describes itself as a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

We searched Monsanto's website to see what their corporate relationship is with Pfeiser.

Relationships Among Monsanto Company, Pharmacia Corporation, Pfizer Inc., and Solutia Inc.

Prior to Sept. 1, 1997, a corporation that was then known as Monsanto Company (Former Monsanto) operated an agricultural products business (the Ag Business), a pharmaceuticals and nutrition business (the Pharmaceuticals Business) and a chemical products business (the Chemicals Business). Former Monsanto is today known as Pharmacia. Pharmacia is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., which together with its subsidiaries operates the Pharmaceuticals Business. Today’s Monsanto includes the operations, assets and liabilities that were previously the Ag Business. Today’s Solutia comprises the operations, assets and liabilities that were previously the Chemicals Business. The following table sets forth a chronology of events that resulted in the formation of Monsanto, Pharmacia and Solutia as three separate and distinct corporations, and it provides a brief background on the relationships among these corporations.

Sept. 1, 1997
  • Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) entered into a Distribution Agreement (Distribution Agreement) with Solutia related to the transfer of the operations, assets and liabilities of the Chemicals Business from Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) to Solutia.
  • Pursuant to the Distribution Agreement, Solutia assumed and agreed to indemnify Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) for certain liabilities related to the Chemicals Business.
Dec. 19, 1999
  • Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) entered into an agreement with Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. (PNU) relating to a merger (the Merger).
Feb. 9, 2000
  • We were incorporated in Delaware as a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) under the name “Monsanto Ag Company.”
March 31, 2000
  • Effective date of the Merger.
  • In connection with the Merger, (1) PNU became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company); (2) Pharmacia (then known as Monsanto Company) changed its name from “Monsanto Company” to “Pharmacia Corporation;” and (3) we changed our name from “Monsanto Ag Company” to “Monsanto Company.”
Sept. 1, 2000
  • We entered into a Separation Agreement (Separation Agreement) with Pharmacia related to the transfer of the operations, assets and liabilities of the Ag Business from Pharmacia to us.
  • Pursuant to the Separation Agreement, we were required to indemnify Pharmacia for any liabilities primarily related to the Ag Business or the Chemicals Business, and for liabilities assumed by Solutia pursuant to the Distribution Agreement, to the extent that Solutia fails to pay, perform or discharge those liabilities.
Oct. 23, 2000
  • We completed an initial public offering in which we sold approximately 15 percent of the shares of our common stock to the public. Pharmacia continued to own approximately 85 percent of our common stock.
July 1, 2002
  • Pharmacia, Solutia and we amended the Distribution Agreement to provide that Solutia will indemnify us for the same liabilities for which it had agreed to indemnify Pharmacia and to clarify the parties’ rights and obligations.
  • Pharmacia and we amended the Separation Agreement to clarify our respective rights and obligations relating to our indemnification obligations.
Aug. 13, 2002
  • Pharmacia distributed the shares of our common stock that it owned to its shareowners via a tax-free stock dividend (the Monsanto Spinoff).
  • As a result of the Monsanto Spinoff, Pharmacia no longer owns any equity interest in Monsanto.
April 16, 2003
  • Pursuant to a merger transaction, Pharmacia became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer.
Dec. 17, 2003
  • Solutia and 14 of its U.S. subsidiaries filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Prior to and following this filing, Monsanto assumed the management of certain tort litigation and environmental obligations in order to protect Pharmacia and itself.
Feb. 28, 2008
  • Solutia completed its reorganization. In connection with Solutia’s Plan of Reorganization, Solutia, Pharmacia and Monsanto entered into several agreements under which Monsanto continues to manage and assume financial responsibility for certain tort litigation and environmental remediation related to the Chemicals Business. Additionally, we received cash and stock from Solutia (which we subsequently sold) and various releases, and we exercised our right to designate one member of Solutia’s new board and a consent right with respect to four additional members of Solutia’s new board. These agreements are described in more detail in Monsanto’s Form 8-K, filed March 24, 2008, and Form 10-Q, filed June 27, 2008, File No. 001-16167.
  • There is no control relationship among Monsanto, Pharmacia, or Solutia. However, the indemnification obligations among the companies and certain service and supply agreements are ongoing.

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A Peace mission to Palestine

April 8th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

We have been reading Revd. John Howard's poignant account of his experiences as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine. His story paints a revealing and moving picture of life in a state torn by conflict, and can be accessed in full on his blog at


Midcounties sales pass £1Billion

March 28th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

'Ben Reid, Chief Executive announces the Society’s year end results'

The Midcounties Co-operative, the UK’s largest independent co-operative society, achieved a record 24% increase in gross sales to £1.167 billion (2012/13: £943m) in the year ended 25 January 2014*.

Operating profit before significant items was up 21% at £22m (2012/13: £18.2m).

As a result, the Warwickshire-headquartered society has announced plans to make over £6m in share-of-profit payments to its members and colleagues.

Ben Reid, chief executive of The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “These excellent trading results demonstrate that the Co-operative business model really works. As part of our co-operative approach we will be returning a share of our profits to the members and colleagues who have directly contributed to the success of the Society.”

The Midcounties Co-operative is the first independent co-operative to achieve annual sales in excess of £1billion. The Society achieved sales growth across all of its businesses, which include food, energy, funeral, pharmacy, travel and childcare, during a year of restrained consumer spending and fierce high street and online competition.

Co-operative Energy signed up over 70,000 new customers during the year. It now serves over 200,000 households and delivered a 243% increase in sales to £159m during the year, making it the Society’s fastest-growing trading group.

Co-operative Travel grew sales by 61% to £276m following new branch acquisitions and increased recruitment of home-based personal travel agents.

The Society’s food business grew sales by 1.1% to £603 million. During the year it upgraded its in-store systems to improve the speed of service at the checkout and enable the management of product ranges centrally. The new system will free up management time allowing them to concentrate on delivering excellent customer service.

Increased demand for nursery places helped Co-operative Childcare to grow revenues by 14% to £23 million.

Midcounties recently improved its ranking in the Sunday Times ‘25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ initiative, climbing three places to tenth in the list. It also picked up the prestigious Sunday Times ‘Giving Something Back’ award for its commitment to colleagues, communities and members.

Ben Reid said: “The engagement of our 10,000 colleagues is a key element in creating the momentum which ensures we continue to evolve as an innovative and successful co-operative. We are now an independent society with a turnover of over £1 billion. Co-operation is clearly working for Midcounties and gives us confidence that we have a sustainable future.”

Encouraging colleagues to volunteer in their local communities continues to be a central part of The Midcounties’ aim to establish a co-operative difference. During the year the number of hours volunteered increased by 10% to 44,440, making the Society one of the biggest supporters of volunteering in the UK. It also smashed its annual fundraising target by raising £273,000 for charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust in just one year and the Society has revised its two-year target upwards to £500,000.

The Midcounties Co-operative is one of the first UK businesses to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark, which confirms that an organisation is open and transparent about its tax affairs and seeks to pay the correct level of corporation tax.

*Audit of the financial results is being finalised and the auditors will issue their audit report on the annual report and accounts in due course