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Revolver World is brewing their own tea!

Revolver World is brewing their own tea!

Revolver Cooperative are creating their own flavours of tea. We are importing the tea from Sri Lanka and it’s all Fairtrade and Organic.

Revolver Cooperative wants to explore three flavours, 1; English Breakfast, 2; Green Tea and 3; Fruit Tea.

The new Revolver tea bags will be Ceylon pyramid tea bags meaning they will be biodegradable. 

 

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Is Caffeine the cure to Britain’s productivity Problem?

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Is Caffeine the cure to Britain’s productivity Problem?

Is Caffeine the cure to Britain’s productivity Problem?

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According to new research, your business should be encouraging coffee breaks!

Data collated by MessageBase found a wide range of surprising facts about our office habits including when you are at your most productive. They found that around 25% of the entire output of an eight hour day is achieved between 10am and 12pm. A further increase in productivity can be seen straight after a coffee break with the most productive hour being between 11am and 12pm which could account to 13.5% of the entire days output! In conclusion the pre-lunch part of the day is where we are most productive.

In other areas of the study they find that biscuits could potential sway the outcome of a business deal with a prospective client; most preferring shortbread over a pink wafer, we find that having biscuits available can only be a good thing.

Apparently smelly food should be avoided and inconsiderately helping yourself to coffee without offering is a red flag to your colleagues. So our advice to keep you in good stead with the office and to give the business a sharp productivity spike make everyone a coffee!

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Revolver Co-operative Limited

Notice of Annual Members’ Meeting

12 noon, Friday 26th June, Birmingham Town Hall
Victoris Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

With Guest Speaker:
Britta Werner, Unicorn Grocery

Agenda

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of 2014 Annual Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Annual Report & Accounts
  6. Election of Directors*
  7. Any Other Business

Lunch will be served members will leave with our goody bags.

Revolver is this year providing the coffee and tea (thanks to Midcounties) for co-operative Congress over the weekend

*NB  Under Rule 35 all 6 serving Directors retire at the close of the Annual Meeting but are are eligible to stand for re-election.  Rule 34 provides that the Board may comprise a maximum of 15 Directors.  Nominations for Directors will be accepted from members at the Annual Meeting, or in advance if addressed to The Secretary at the Registered Office.

Meeting to close by 2pm.

We would encourage members to stay on for the Co-operative Press AGM at 2.30pm which will include a debate on how to balance co-operative values with business.

By Order of the Board

Revolver Co-operative Limited.  Registered No. 31024R.
Registered Office: 152 Goldthorn Hill, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV2 3JA.

www.revolver.coop

 

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We are pleased to announce our new range of Arabica coffee for launch in supermarkets this summer.

We are pleased to announce our new range of Arabica coffee for launch in supermarkets this summer.

We are just releasing our new range Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba under our Cafe Americano series. We have a Ethiopia, Africa (Uganda / Tanzania) under our “Out of Africa” range, with a Kenya AA and Rwanda to follow. Coming up will be a new Brazil single origin and range of Fairtrade organics. Stay tuned for more news.

Please email; membership AT Revolver dot coop (Spelled out to avoid spam) to place orders or discuss listing.

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Phenylbutazone in the food chain – now possibly Pork meat?

Phenylbutazone in the food chain – now possibly Pork meat?

Phenylbutozone (PZB) has been found in 4% of beef tested so far in France. The drug, originally approved for rheumatoid arthritis and gout in the 1940s/1950s is now banned from use in human medicines in the US and UK due to tests indicating kidney and liver cancer in humans. It is thought that PZB subtly alters the structure of chromosomes in bone marrow; therapeutic doses of several hundred miligrams cause blood disorders and internal organ damage along with severe toxic reactions in a minority of cases.

Formation of the drug is obtained by condensing diethyl n-butylmalonate with hydrazobenzene; it is used primarily as an analgesic in horses and dogs to relieve suffering from sprains, arthritis and similar musculoskeletal tissue. ‘Bute‘, as it is described in equestrian circles, is in common use in horses (with 2 to 5 per cent of abbatoir samples of slaughtered horsemeat testing positive for PZB in the past five years). However, horse meat being found in supermarkets in Europe labeled as beef is now revealing instances of phenylbutazone.

There is however a real and present danger to humans, as PZB has no clinically defined ‘safe level’ for human consumption.

It has been posited that PZB may have carcinogenic effects in humans after laboratory tests found rats to be susceptible. Worryingly, the site AmericanHorseMeat reports,

…The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety Inspection Service has reported phenylbutazone residues in culled cattle presented for slaughter for human food throughout the United States in the past 2 calendar years. This evidence indicates that the extralabel use of phenylbutazone in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older will likely result in the presence, at slaughter, of residues that are toxic to humans, including being carcinogenic, at levels that have not been shown to be safe.1

The USDA’s report revealed further systematic abuse of the HAACP system used by abbatoirs in the USA, with repeated PZB residue contamination amongst more serious problems like salmonella. And in October 2012, an article in Horseback Magazine2 included a letter from a group of organisations opposed to horse slaughter, referencing a European Commission report evaluating the operation of controls over the production of horsemeat for export to the European Union. Residue monitoring plans for imported horse meat “must be submitted [by abbatoirs] in accordance with Council Directive 96/23/EC, in particular Article 29,” only then being eligible for import into the EU.

Systematic failures lead to tainted food chain

Aside from Equine Identity Documents, the evident systematic failure of abbatoirs’ HAACP self-assessment and lax controls on animals already slaughtered inside the EU (and not subjected to the same strictures of import regulations) shows just how problematic this whole area can be. Indeed, in late 2011, Horseback Magazine also highlighted3 that,

“[…] Phenylbutazone metabolises into oxyphenylbutazone (also linked to blood dyscrasias such as aplastic anemia) which persists much longer [in the bloodstream than PZB]”, and that phenylbutazone can be[…] taken up in injured tissue, where it may later be released back into the bloodstream.”

The article continues,

A recent paper issued by Irish Veterinarians further cement the dangers of bute and the disciplinary action to veterinarians for sending an animal to slaughter that has been administered bute. The paper states, “The difficulty with phenylbutazone is that it, or its metabolite, can cause aplastic anemia in children. If a child were to consume an animal-based product containing even the minutest amount of bute or its metabolite [oxyphenylbutazone] then the child may develop aplastic anemia.”

In addition, the paper warns, “It is a statement of fact that if the European Commission on its audit of this country find evidence of bute use in animals not excluded from the food chain, then the product will immediately lose its license Europe-wide.

If samples prove positive for phenylbutazone or its metabolite in equine meat of Irish origin, it will be traced back, and the prescribing veterinary practitioner will be in the firing line of prosecution.”

Only a week ago Food Production Daily exposed the risk of tainted horse meat in an article titled Tainted US horse meat puts world consumers at risk.

“US horses are not raised as meat animals”, said EWA spokesperson Vicki Tobin, “It is just that simple. If we want to keep sending our horses to slaughter, we will have to give up most of the effective medications we currently enjoy.”

And now, pork?

A further danger, which we believe is being reported first by this web, that Phenylbutazone may also be entering the food chain through Pork:

The web site “Asian Pharma“, run by Asian Consumables India PTY Ltd in Tamil Nadu India, clearly shows pigs being administered with 1% PZB. The web site appears to direct its sales to countries including the United Kingdom and purports to be certificated by the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotions Council. The need for the use of bute in pigs is unknown, but livestock with the potential of entering the human food chain are banned from being administered the medicine in the EU.

The web site mentioned above (screen shot below) can be viewed at http://www.asianpharma.net/veterinary-products.html.

Asia Pharam 4

Footnotes

  1. AmericanHorseMeat.com, http://americanhorsemeat.com/horsemeat.html []
  2. Horseback Magazine, http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/18699 []
  3. Horseback: “EWA Strongly Rebukes Letter Criticizing Landmark Study While Ignoring Food Trade Publication Tainted Meat Warning”; http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/11852 []
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Revolver Celebrates Launch Of Co-Operative Fortnight (News Release)

Revolver Celebrates Launch Of Co-Operative Fortnight (News Release)

Revolver celebrates launch of Co-operative Fortnight It’s a long-way from Kampala, to The Midcounties Co-operative Food in Church Stretton, Shropshire. But thanks to Revolver Co-operative, shoppers won’t have to make the 4000 mile hike to buy the finest AFRICA Arabica coffee. Revolver has done it for them. We have brought together two of the finest Fairtrade coffee’s from the KDU Co-operative in Tanzania and the Gumutindo co-operative in Uganda. Fairtrade is really making a difference to the lives of farmers and small-scale producers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Fairtrade foundation this week published the latest commodity briefing – ”Fairtrade and coffee”. Despite the growing thirst for coffee in emerging economies, the smallholder farmers who grow 80 per cent of the coffee we drink are still trying to get by on less than $2 a day. Global consumption of coffee has almost doubled to 8 million tonnes over the last 40 years, contributing $23.5bn of vital foreign exchange to coffee exporting countries in 2011 alone. But most of the money from the retail coffee trade – worth $71bn globally last year – is made by a relatively small number of companies in consuming countries that manufacture and market the coffee we buy in our shops and cafés. Co-operative Fortnight is an opportunity to celebrate co-operatives like KDU and Gumutindo (pictured). Please support our AFRICA coffee on the shelves in selected branches of The Co-operative Food.
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Official UN International Year of Cooperatives Fairtrade merchandise, produced by Revolver World

Official UN International Year of Cooperatives Fairtrade merchandise, produced by Revolver World

 

If you haven’t already seen our ads in the Co-operative News, we’re excited to announce that we have received the go ahead from the United Nations to produce a range of officially sanctioned International Year of Co-operatives Fairtrade polo shirts (plus tees and hoodies to come)… Now you can be the envy of your workmates!

We’re accepting orders by telephone on +44 1902 345 345, email (click here to show the address) or direct from the Revolver online Fairtrade store by credit or debit card.

 

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2012 International Year of Co-operatives merchandise now available to buy online

2012 International Year of Co-operatives merchandise now available to buy online

Seen our ads in the Co-operative News? Looking for IYC merchandise? Look no further, we’ve made our official Fairtrade 2012 International Year of Co-operatives polos and t-shirts available to buy directly from the Revolver World store. Simply click to our 2012 IYC online shop section! We’ll update the site with more images of noteworthy co-operators as the adverts are published… We might even play ‘spot the shirt’ with some famous photos, stay tuned! Don’t worry, you can still give us a call if you prefer to order via telephone: call +44 1902 345 345 or+44 330 240 1577 (credit or debit cards only). In addition to 128-bit secured SSL card payments we also accept PayPal online.  
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