Aldi’s Fairtrade roses

Aldi UK becomes the fastest-growing retailer of Fairtrade roses

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 21 June 2016

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Aldi has become the fastest-growing retailer of Fairtrade roses, following a 21% surge in year-on-year sales.

The supermarket, which stocks Fairtrade roses in all of its 645 UK stores, saw sales increase from 1.4m to 1.9m bunches between April 2015 and April 16.

The growth comes as Aldi approaches its second anniversary of launching the roses, which were first sold in June 2014.

‘Fairtrade is important to Aldi and our customers, who increasingly tell us they value ethically sourced products at affordable prices. The Fairtrade principles also fit with our business ethos of developing long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with our suppliers.

‘We recognise the positive impact that sourcing Fairtrade products has on suppliers in less developed countries. We will continue to work closely with the Fairtrade Foundation to explore how we can offer these farmers and growers more support.’

TONY BAINES
Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi

On average, Aldi sells 33,000 bunches of Fairtrade roses each week, with sales rising to over 60,000 for key occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

Funding community projects

More than 90% of Aldi’s Fairtrade roses are sourced from two farms in Ethiopia and Kenya. In addition to the social, environmental and economic benefits Fairtrade certification brings to flower farms, premiums from the sale of Aldi’s roses, which overall amounts to an estimated £400,000, directly fund a number of extra projects which help the whole community.

‘We’re delighted that Aldi’s Fairtrade roses have become such a popular choice, just two years since the launch, providing quality and value alongside a better deal for growers. Fairtrade roses empower flower workers and their communities, with funding invested in social projects, improving local education and healthcare.’

EUAN VENTERS
Commercial Director, the Fairtrade Foundation

Aldi’s Fairtrade roses are supplied by JZ Flowers, who have supported the growth of the business’s Fairtrade offering since its introduction. JZ is the largest importer of Fairtrade flowers in the UK, and each of the Fairtrade-certified farms it sources flowers from have separate committees of workers who decide how premiums are spent.

Click here to find out more about the Fairtrade Foundation and products that carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.

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