The volume of Fairtrade certified products sold in the UK has grown by 111 per cent. since 2003, reaching £195 million in 2005. The UK is the largest Fairtrade market across the 20 Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) participating countries. Particular examples include: sales of Fairtrade coffee in the UK reached £65.8 million in 2005, from £34.3 million in 2003; and Fairtrade bananas are now worth £47.7 million, up from £24.3 million in 2003.
The UK Government support the aims of the Fairtrade movement, and in March 2005 increased its funding to the Fairtrade Foundation, through DfID, by a further £750,000. This brings the Government’s total level of support to over £1 million between 2002 and 2007, to raise business and consumer awareness of fairly traded products through educational and promotional activities.