PHIL HOPE, Labour/Co-op MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, took part in a Fairtrade product tasting at Midlands Co-op's Corby superstore in support of Fairtrade Fortnight.
The event took place at the Alexandra Road store to give customers the chance to sample Fairtrade products and find out how purchasing them secures a better future for poverty-stricken growers and their families.
Mr Hope said: "I am very pleased to support Fairtrade fortnight at Midlands Co-op's Corby foodstore. Fairtrade products such as tea and coffee are produced by farmers in decent working conditions from developing countries and sold at better prices under fair terms of trade.
"The Fairtrade Mark is a guarantee that the products we buy have given the producers a better deal. There are now over 1000 different Fairtrade products and as a Labour and Co-operative MP I am delighted the Co-op is doing so much to support and promote Fairtrade."
Cyrrhian Macrae, Head of Community and Co-operative Affairs for Midlands Co-op said: "We are delighted that Phil Hope was able to take time out of his schedule to join us for the tasting and support the Fairtrade cause. The Co-op is the UK's leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade offering 126 own-label and branded Fairtrade products* including five new South African wines** – the proceeds of which will provide crèche facilities for the children of impoverished growers and help to tackle adult literacy. To coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, we are taking 20% off the price of all our own-label and branded Fairtrade products from 6 to 26 March inclusive. By doing so, we hope to introduce more people to Fairtrade products and to encourage shoppers who have already discovered Fairtrade to keep up the good habit."