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Sainsbury Drop Fairtrade Tea

Sainsbury’s are dropping own-label Fairtrade tea in favour of their own “fairly traded” tea. Sainsubury are the second major brand to follow Cadbury, who dropped Fairtrade cocoa Q4 2016.

Paul Birch director – Revolver Co-operative: “Both organisations quoted the desire to control the funds contributed to developing world farmers, but they are passing-off “Fairly traded” for Fairtrade; the two descriptions are asynchronous in my view as “Fairly traded” is not an externally audited approach to help developing world farming communities. It’s time for consumers to vote with their conscience and boycott corporations like Sainsbury and Cadbury who have abandoned ethics in pursuit of profit”.

Only FAIRTRADE certified commodities can be relied upon to ensure independently audited delivery of support to world farming communities.

Ethical Consumer magazine is concerned with guiding consumers on ethical issues, and their article is here; http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/latestnews/entryid/2162/sainsbury-s-drops-fairtrade-label-on-tea.aspx

Here is an extract from The Independent who discuss this in depth;

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/sainsburys-fairly-traded-tea-own-brand-fairtrade-foundation-farmers-producers-a7753561.html

Sainsbury’s to launch ‘Fairly Traded’ tea sparking outrage from Fairtrade

The supermarket is due to start using the tea in an open-ended trial next month

Sainsbury’s will start selling its own-brand tea under a new “Fairly Traded” label, sparking a fierce backlash from the Fairtrade Foundation, which currently has its brand on the tea.

The foundation said that it is concerned that the new “untested model”, which the supermarket is due to start using in an open-ended trial next month, will not help the most marginalised tea farmers and producers.

In Malawi, one of the countries to be enrolled in the new “Fairly Traded” pilot scheme, 75 per cent of the population already live below the international poverty line.

Tea is the second largest export after tobacco for this landlocked nation, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Around 90 per cent of its tea is sold to Britain. Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second biggest supermarket and the world’s biggest Fairtrade retailer, is a major buyer.

Sainsbury’s say “Fairly Traded” will operate in a similar way to Fairtrade – by guaranteeing farmers a minimum price for their tea, and providing a premium per kilo on top of that for development projects, such as agricultural training and improving health and education facilities.

Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified farmers will automatically qualify for the scheme, and farmers will have the option of being certified “Fairly Traded”, too.

The key difference is how the premium is paid to producers.

Fairtrade’s premium fund is given directly to communities, and an association made up of farmers decides how the money is used.

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Revolver Winners in Great Taste Awards for 2nd consecutive year

The Great Taste Awards 2017

For immediate release

Revolver ® have for the second year been winners in The Great Taste Awards. Revolver ®World Fairtrade ® Arabica Brazil judges said was “a good example of a strong, dark roasted coffee”. and Revolver World are winners again, for the second year for Fairtrade ® Ethiopia Yirgacheffe which judges said they “unanimously and immediately agreed (upon)”.

About the Fairtrade ® Brazil; “There are pronounced nut flavours present in this powerful espresso, smooth and very woody. Good example of a strong, dark roasted coffee”.

The judges said about the Revolver World Fairtrade coffee ® Ethiopia “we really like this coffe…it has an immediate nutty refreshing flavour…a well – balanced coffee, well made and we unanimously and immediately agreed it deserves one star”.

The Great Taste Awards are created by the Guild of Fine Foods. Although many coffees are entered into the awards, there are comparatively few winner and only a small percentage are Fairtrade coffees. John Boyle Chair “it’s the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen, the credit goes to the farmers and their co-operatives who care-deeply about the product and our co-operative colleagues in stores, who make everything simple for shoppers“.

Paul Birch CEO said “the people who really deserve to be acknowledged above any brand are the hard working people at the factory whose investment, hard-work, skill and great ingenuity, produces day-in day-out the highest quality ingredients for families to enjoy everywhere.”

Revolver ® were awarded the Fair Tax mark earlier in the year (the first Food / Beverage company working in commodities) and just the 20th firm in Britain to receive the award. In 2015 Revolver was awarded the Living Wage Foundation certification and was the 6th company in Birmingham to receive the cities Social Responsibility Charter (now over 300 firms hold the charter mark).

Revolver ® is organised as a multi-stakeholder co-operative, members include producers in the developing world. It ranks second for ethics as judged by Ethical Consumer magazine.

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Caffeine and sport

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Caffeine and sport

The link below holds a great article detailing the effects of coffee for the more athletic of you out there; it poses a balanced argument for the use of coffee detailing a common sense trial and error approach to finding the exact level of caffeine required for you to perform at your peak. What works for some may not for others.

I couldn’t say the exact caffeine I consume but the effects on me are clear from a physiological perspective. I consume 3 coffees at routine times during the day to function my best stopping at 2pm to allow the effects to calm down towards the evening. When playing Tennis I do notice a performance boost especially with my concentration levels, this often turns poor tennis mediocre.

Caffeine in products

  • Gu, Vanilla, 10 oz: –  20mg
  • Diet Coke, 12 oz: –   30mg
  • Espresso, 1 oz: shot –  40mg (estimated)
  • Pepsi 12 oz: can –  45mg
  • Red Bull 8 oz can  –   80mg
  • Starbucks 16 oz –  200mg

Do you regulate your caffeine intake or have an understanding of the amount required to perform at your best psychologically or physically?

 

http://www.active.com/articles/the-facts-about-caffeine-and-athletic-performance

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Drought causing fires in Jamaica damaging crop!

 

Drought causing fires in Jamaica damaging crop!

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Eve Mills, Director and Coffee Buyer at Masteroast, has received notification from our supplier of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee of a possible shortage in next year’s crop: 

 

“The following article appeared in yesterday’s Daily Gleaner in Jamaica.  Fires have destroyed a not insignificant amount of low grown young green JBM coffee destined for the next crop.  This will probably mean that next year’s crop will be as short as this year’s crop has proven to be.

Our forward shipments covering the current crop have not, most fortunately, been affected but we’re technically fully forward sold but any of you who have reservations, confirmed orders and/or contracts with us will be receiving your coffee unless some untoward catastrophe strikes meanwhile – which we’re not in any way predicting.

However, the situation in Jamaica remains grave with cherry box prices having increased by 300 percent over this crop year – that’s the least of it as yields from the cherries of exportable green coffee have reduced over the same period from 60% to 40%, compounding the problem. We will keep you informed”.

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Coffee shop boss faces death threats over ‘Je suis Charlie’ sign outside Brick Lane cafe

The London Evening Standard14.01.2015  reports;Death threat: French Muslim coffee shop owner Adel Defilaux Picture: Nigel Howard

A coffee shop owner today vowed he would not back down after receiving death threats for displaying a “Je suis Charlie” sign outside his cafe.

Adel Defilaux, a French-born Muslim, was terrified when a man stormed into The Antishop in Brick Lane, East London, at 9.30am yesterday.

The intruder demanded that Mr Defilaux take down the sandwich board featuring the slogan that has become a rallying cry in support of the 12 victims of Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

But when Mr Defilaux, 32, calmly protested the man became aggressive and warned that anyone who supported the French satirical magazine should die.

He said: “He came in very aggressively and he told me to remove the sign. I asked him why and he said his community was offended by it and said if I didn’t remove it something bad was going to happen.

“I told him I was Muslim myself and I wanted to talk gently with him and I said people can’t kill journalists for expressing themselves.

“I calmly explained to him that what he was saying was not the reality of Islam. I thought I could calm him down, but it had the opposite effect. He went crazy.

“He said ‘I believe these people deserve to be killed and anyone supporting them deserves also to be killed’.

“I was all alone and started getting scared. He was a dangerous person. He said if I didn’t take down the sign he would smash up the shop, and then he just left.”

Mr Defilaux, who is originally from Marseille but has lived in London for five years, said he had put up the sign to support everyone in France and had received no complaints from anyone else.

“I get on with all the community here. We are opposite a mosque and all my neighbours are Muslim and no one else has had a problem with the sign. These fanatics believe in the wrong stories and have no shame in attacking people,” he said.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Havana – club

September 25th, 2014 by Paul (Revolver World)

As reported PayPal wrote out to our British customers threatening to report them to US Treasury department OFAC, for buying and drinking CUBA coffee. One customer contacted us asking; “Are Americans mad, or just upset they can’t buy CUBAN coffee?” Truth is, its hard to know. But because our present web shop (changing soon) is presently tied in to PayPal, we are inviting customers to email their orders through for our single origin, Del Escambray, Crystal Mountain Coffee, from the Holgin region of Cuba. Customers can call with debit cards (01902 345 345 – Mon – Fri 9.30 – 6.00) or email; members@revolver.coop. The costs is £4.00 + postage. Members receive free delivery and membership costs just £10. For a membership form, search “membership” on the site, or email us please. pack_shots0011
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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

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.

Current •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.

All Copyrights and Trademarks acknowledged. The following sources were referenced for this article;

http://www.astrazeneca.com

http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/monsanto-relationships-pfizer-solutia.aspx