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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;

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

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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Some like it hot!



Some like it hot!

Two cups a day improve men’s performance in the bedroom, regardless of weight or blood pressure, finds study of nearly 4,000 participants

We all know that drinking coffee has many benefits, including getting us out of bed on those dreary Monday mornings and giving us that extra push to get through the day however, and recent research has revealed that two cups of this miracle beverage can not only brighten our day but even improve our love lives!

The Daily Telegraph has recently reported that in a study of over 4,000 applicants 42% of male coffee drinkers were less likely to suffer erectile dysfunction if they were to drink 2 cups a day. This seemingly was the sweet spot as more or less than this showed less favourable results.

Caffeine was shown to stimulate the female Libido. However the effect may be short lived to non-existent to women who drink coffee on a regular basis.


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Revolver sign-up to Living Wage Foundation

Revolver Living Wage logos


PRESS RELEASE 16.10.2015



The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that REVOLVER, has today, been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Revolver (World) Co-operative Ltd / Revolver Music Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome REVOLVER to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,700 leading employers, including REVOLVER, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. ”



Media Contact

 Living Wage

 Gillian Owen, 07876 246 150,


Paul Birch 01902 345 345


Notes to Editors

 About the Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The London Living Wage is currently £9.15 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.85 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 700 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

About Revolver

Revolver has been paying the Living wage since 2014, and is pleased to now be officially recognised for its contribution.

Revolver ranks 2nd out of 34 brands for Ethics, as judged by Ethical Consumer Magazine and bears their “Best Buy” logo. In 2015 Revolver World Fairtrade Ethiopia coffee was one of only four Fairtrade coffee winners of The Great Taste Awards

Revolver is moving forwards towards the Fair Tax mark, is a licensee of The Fairtrade Foundation and The Soil Association and was the sixth company to be accredited by The City of Birmingham for The Charter for Social responsibility.

Revolver is an Industrial & Provident Society. Registered with the FCA Mutual Registry 31024R & organised as a multi-stakeholder Co-operative.






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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; 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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A Peace mission to Palestine

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
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20% of UK’s high street stores close in 2012 – Tesco part of the problem?

Sherborne, Dorset: local retailers are petitioning against the opening of a 28,000 sq. ft. Tesco.

Allegedly, folk marvel at how new Tescos pop-up — and suddenly the town acquires a new Police station.

Sherborne, Dorset: protestors petition the council not to give planning permission for Tesco to open a 28,000 square foot store

Meanwhile to coincide with store openings, the old High street gets dug up to lay new gas pipes and water mains. 9,000 people have signed a petition asking for the planned Tesco store not to open, so what do Tesco put there popularity (or lack of it) down to? Is it the threat of closure of small business or the fact that their stores are jampacked full of overseas suppliers and corporations’ brands?

If plans go ahead, one of the two hotels in Sherborne will have to close. Campaigners say that even Tesco’s Head of Corporate Affairs appeared not to shop there — she was seen to have a Waitrose bag on her back seat.

and in other Tesco news…