October is Fair Trade Month, and Aldi is starting to highlight Fair Trade products as well as how the company makes sustainable choices, so consumers can, too. Shoppers want to know their products are sourced sustainably, which is why the company stocks Fair Trade Certified cocoa, coffee and seafood.
Some key highlights at Aldi include:
- Aldi U.S. currently has more than 30 Fair Trade Certified cocoa products and is the largest Fair Trade America private-label cocoa purchaser in the U.S.
- Aldi U.S. carries coffee products from more than 30 Fair Trade Certified companies and is the second largest private-label purchaser of Fair Trade USA coffee in the country. Aldi has also committed to making all Barissimo and Simply Nature brand coffee – both Aldi-exclusive labels – 100 percent certified as sustainably sourced by a third-party certifying partner by the end of 2022.
- 100 percent of Aldi-exclusive brand chocolate and seasonal confectionary are certified as sustainably sourced by its third-party certifying partners.
- 100 percent of Aldi-exclusive brand fresh, frozen and canned seafood comes from responsible fisheries and farms.
Fair Trade: Farm to Store Shelves Concept
While most consumers make food purchasing decisions based on price, quality and taste, some consider the people involved in bringing products to store shelves, as well as the environmental impact. Aldi says it all starts on the farm, where products like coffee, tea and cocoa are sourced with care for the planet and for the people harvesting them.
Aldi aims to partner with suppliers that meet strict criteria and whose products qualify as Fair Trade Certified.
That means the products on its shelves are brought from the farm in ways that protect the environment and maintain ecosystems. It also means workers are treated fairly and humanely, and it enables farmers to reinvest the premiums placed on fair trade products in their businesses and their communities, from improving farming practices to supporting health and education programs in their communities.
Aldi encourages shoppers to look for the seal of approval on product packaging.