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News & Activities during 2015
Fair Business Alliance is the new Importer and Distributor of Pacari, the premium organic from tree to bar chocolate. This brand has ben winning the awards after awards, inluding being the best chocolate in the world (International Chocolate Awards) during 2012, 2013 and 2014. 
This year Pacari  won 16 different Awards at the Internationa Chocolate Awards for the Americas. 
We lauched our partnership at Speciality Foods Scotland in Glasgow on January this year. 
Representing Pacari Chocolate in the UK & Ireland, we have also exhibited in the following trade shows;
IFE 2015,
Natural & Organic Produce Europe 2015
Salon du Chocolate London 2015.
Chirstas Foodies Festival Edinburgh 2015
The Chocolate Festival London, December 2015
 
Pacari won 10 International Chocolate Awards at the 2015 finals. 
 
Gold – Growing CountryPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 70%
 Gold – Organic: Pacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 70%

Dark chocolate enrobed whole fruit
 
GoldPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Chocolate Covered Banana

Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring
 
GoldPacari Chocolate (Ecuador) – Lemon Verbena 
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Mint
 SilverPacari Chocolate (Ecuador) – Lemongrass
 BronzePacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Andean Geranium
 
 
Plain/origin dark chocolate bars
 
SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Lacumbia 70%
 SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Montubia 70%
 SilverPacari Chocolate  (Ecuador) – Raw 70%

On this link you can find more about the International Chocolate Awards
 
New Pacari Chocolate UK & Ireland online shop, launched.  
In November 2015 we launched the Pacari UK & Ireland website, where you can fin more about this amazing chocolate and buy online any of the delicious bars of our range available in the UK, www.pacarichocolates.uk
 
Trips and visits
PRO ECUADOR UK invited Fair Business Alliance Ltd as one of the UK companies trading with Ecuador to the Business Matching Event in Guayaquil - Ecuador 3 - 4 June 2015.
Our Managing Director, Juan A Santelices, visited Ecuador including; Palanda, Zumba, Manabi, Guayaquil, Loja, Quito, for 2 weeks, meeting different business that could be start working with us in the near future, and existing suppliers including; Zamora Plantain Crisps and Pacari Chocolate.
Entrepreneurial Spark
Fair Business Alliance was selected among other business and given a space on a 6 months programme at Entrepreneurial Spark Edinburgh. It started with a Bootcamp in Glasgow on the 6th & 7th of August. We look very much forward to be part of the Entrepreneurial Spark community these next 6 months.
 
What did happen in 2014
 
Visiting Producers, Communities, Suppliers in the Amazon Region (Brazil & Bolivia)
For 6 weeks in June - July our MD, Juan Santelices, visited partners/suppliers in Brazil, with them they did and exteded visit to different communities and producers/gathers in Amazon regions in Brazil and Bolivia. It was an amazing visit including some of the most remote communities in that part of the world.
Trade Shows
We took part in different trade shows during 2014. Some of them were; Scottish Speciality Foods 2014, Glasgow, Alimentaria 2014  in Barcelona, Sial 2014 in Paris.
Lord Provost Fair Trade Newcomer Award Winner 2014!
On the evening of the 24th of February at the Edinburgh City Chambers in Scotland, on the ceremony to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Edinburgh Fair Trade City, our company Fair Business Alliance Ltd, won The Lord Provost's Fair Trade Newcomer Award 2014! We are thrilled on having been recognised this way for our work and we thank all our friends and supporters who make it happen.
You can watch a short video of The Lord Provost Fair Trade Award 2014 ceremony, just click on the link.
 
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Fairtrade Fortnight Events
On the 24th of February, was the 10th Anniversary of Edinburgh becoming a Fair Trade City. On the occasion winners of The Lord Provost's Fair Trade Awards will announce. The event is going to be hold at the Edinburgh City Chambers.Managing Director of fair Business Alliance was there as the company won the Lord Provost Fair Trade Newcomer Award 2014.
 
Also on the 24th of February at cafe/bar FarlySquare in London a join Fairtrade Foundation & GlobalNet21event, to learn the challenges of Bananas & their Plantain Cousins with Fairtrade farmer speakers (Foncho & Alexis) & discussants from Zamora Plantain chips, including Jenny & Nelson plus Fair Business Alliance guest speaker Dario Cepeda.
 
On Tuesday the 25th of Febraury The University of Edinburgh celebrated their 10th Anniversary as Fair Trade University with a lecture at the Public Library. Speakers Paul Chandler and Humza Yousaf MSP & Minister of External Affairs and International Development for the Scottish Government.
 
Friday the 28th of February, Managing Director Juan Andres Santelices, did talk to students at Fairlie Primary School, St Luke's Primary School and also chair a video link direct between students with Ecuadorian Plantain farmers, to talk about Fairtrade & Zamora Plantain crisps the 1st Fairtrade crisps in the UK, students from St Matthew's Secondary School,will be also participating.
 
Fairlie, Ayrshire celebrating 10th Anniversary of Award as Scotland’s First Fair Trade Village.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of being awarded the first 'Fair Trade Village', Fairlie in Ayrshire will be hosting a baking and banana decorating competition, coffee morning and Fairtrade stalls. The event will be opened by Provost of North Ayrshire Council. Special guest: Juan Andres Santelices of Managing Director of Fair Business Alliance who will give a short presentation and, along with Provost Mrs Joan Sturgeon, will judge the competitions. Event takes place in Fairlie Primary School on Saturday 1st March from 10am-noon
 

February, Fairtrade Fortnight and 1st year Zamora Plantain crisps anniversary
February is always a very busy month as it is the month when Fairtrade Fortnight starts, this year will be 24th of February until 9th of March.
We are also celebrating the first anniversary of Zamora Plantain chips in the UK, the 1st Faitrade crisps in the market. Lots has been achieved in this first year, let us name some of these successes:
1. Opened a new line of Fairtrade certified business, for first time the UK has Fairtrade crisps!
2. Over 40K packs have been distributed in the UK
3. Started to re-export to Sweden and Malta, around 3,500 packs sold to those countries.
4. Over 1,500 donated to all 11 Fairtrade Schools in Edinburgh.
5. Launched in Edinburgh, now distributed not only in Scotland but England & Wales too.
6. Set up a distribution network with several distributors, look at our Distributors section.
7. Won a Great Taste Award 2013 for the lightly salted flavour.
8. Product is also sold in its country of origin, Ecuador.
9. Fair Business Alliance Ltd was nominated for The Lord Provost's Fair Trade Awards 2014, from Edinburgh City Council.
 
January 2014 update
 
South - South Brazil nuts business
We are pleased to have achieved a very positive business between Brazil nuts producers in Bolivia and a Brazil nuts buyer and distributor for major supermarkets in Brazil, the operation includes over 150 MT of Brazil nuts that are going to be exported during next few months from Bolivia to Brazil. South to south business is also a very important tool for these organisations involved and we are happy to have been the key player to make it happen.
 
Interesting news in 2013
November update
 
Zamora plantain Crisps in the rest of Europe
More fantastic, news; after being launched in Sweden, now Fairtrade Zamora Plantain crisps have also been launched in Malta! Yes with a fabulous event on the 16th of November, Core Green did launch the only Fairtrade crisps in Malta and they had a fantastic reception and feedback Just click on the link and find out more or start ordering from them if you are in Malta too.
Excellent news, the Fairtrade Zamora Plantain crisps have arrived in Sweden, and we promised you to tell where in the Nordic country to find them. The place is the well-known and established fair trade company, The House of Fair Trade. Just click on the link and you can order from them right now!
So as you see the plantains have achieved a lot since being introduced to Scotland and the rest of the UK in February 2013. Now we are proud the Zamora Plantain crisps are reaching new frontiers and that more fans of fair trade and crisps are now available to enjoy these very good, tasty and ethical snacks.
Zamora Plantain Crisps in the UK
A new distributor has joined forces and started to sell Fairtrade Zamora Plantain Chips online. Traidcraft is now offering all it clients the only Fairtrade crisps in the UK, just click on the link to buy them now!
 
 
Organic dried fruits & nuts
Organic apricots and hazelnuts still available, very high quality product with HACCP certification among others and are produced by small farmers in Turkey. We love their products and we are sure you will love them too.
 
 
October 2013, we are reaching more places in the UK and the rest of Europe 
Now you can continue ordering the 1st Fairtrade Crisps in the UK, now off course you will get the Great Taste 2013 awarded one, with the sticker that shows the award, as the latest container arrived few days ago with many boxes for you to buy and enjoy!
Don't wait any longer to make your order. Distributors like Green City Wholefoods, Just Trading Scotland, L&J Fair Distributors and Premcrest all have the product in stock, just go to Distributors and find out their numbers and tell them you want Zamora Fairtrade Plantain Crisps, for you school, church, shop, cafe or office.
You can also buy online from Real Foods and The Produce Company
Last but not least, we are very proud that Fairtrade Zamora Plantain Crisps are reaching other European markets, like Sweden and Malta. We have exported the first stock there too. Learn soon where to buy them in those countries.
 
Brazil Nuts
It is the time of the year when the last containers of Brazil nuts are available to import. If you are looking for organic certified or just wild harvest without certification, we definitely can help you. Shelled whole, or broken Brazil nuts are there waiting for you!
 
Sultanas
Prices from Turkey are still on parl with Iranian Goldens. Argentinean crops suffered strongly from adverse weather, so it looks their supply will not cheap in the coming season.
If you are interested in Sultanas, let us know and we will explore the way to help you with your request.
 
 
Excellent start for second semester 2013!
 
Fair Business Alliance won a Great Taste 2013 award, and look what the media is saying:
Edinburgh's Fair Business Alliance win an award
Scottish based social business in Great Taste Triumph
 
Also read or press release below, and get the full story
  
PRESS RELEASE
 
The 2013 Great Taste results are now out and Fair Business Alliance Ltd is a winner
  
Fair Business Alliance Limited, based in Edinburgh is celebrating the news that its lightly salted Zamora Plantain Chips has wowed judges in Great Taste 2013 by being awarded 1-star– in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving almost 10,000 products,  400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting. 
 
Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging.  Judges are presented with, for example, a piece of cheese, a pie or a little dish of chutney, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner.  In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.
 
The lightly salted Zamora Plantain Chips, the first and only Fairtrade crisps in the UK, beat thousands of other product entries to be awarded 1 star in this food scheme which means that these products can now proudly bear the Great Taste Award 2013 mark.  In addition, the other two flavours of Plantain Crisps, Spicy & Naturally Sweet, also received very favourable comments from the judges! Produced and packaged by small farmers in the Amazonian region of Ecuador, Zamora Chips were launched only 6 months ago during Fairtrade fortnight. We hope that this Award will help raise the profile of the crisps, to reach more distributors and boost sales, thereby helping to provide a better future for their families.   
 
Fair Business Alliance, a local social business which has been instrumental in launching and distributing the Fairtrade crisps within the UK, is delighted to receive a Great Taste Award for the first product they have submitted.  They are celebrating the news and offering you the opportunity to be a judge and taste them for yourselves at the Fair Trade Festival in Perth on Friday 7th September.
 Date: August 2013
 
For more information on Zamora Plantain Chips: Contact us by email at info@fairbusiness-alliance.com Tel: +44 (0)131 2084133, or follow us on twitter @Fair_Business_  or www.facebook.com/ZamoraUk 
 
For more information on Perth event and Fair Business Alliance: Contact Juan Andres Santelices, MD of Fair Business Alliance Ltd, Tel: +44 (0) 131 2084133 or visit our website www.fairbusiness-alliance.com 
 
For The Great Taste Awards Press Enquiries:
Joanne Myram: joanne@positivepr.co.uk Telephone: +44 (0)1935 389497
Notes for editors:
What is Great Taste?
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.
               
Since 1994 over 80,000 products have been evaluated. This year alone, almost 10,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.
 
What are Great Taste judges looking for?
They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.
 
How do they work?
Working in small teams, experts taste 25 foods in each sitting, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars.
 
Any food that a judging team believes is worthy of Great Taste stars is judged by at least two further teams. Only when there is a consensus will an award be given – that means at least 16 judges will have tasted every accredited product. For Great Taste 3-star, every single judge attending the session, which can be as many as 40 experts must unanimously agree the food delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.  
 
What should consumers look for?
The logo. The Great Taste symbol is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.
 
 
Brief on what has happened in this first semester for Fairtrade  Zamora Plantain Chips
 
After the initial launch of the 1st Fairtrade certified crisps in the UK, Zamora Plantain Chips, in Edinburgh at Fairtrade Fortnight 2013, the product is now being sold in many places, all over the Uk, including Scotland, Wales and England.
During March the Fairtrade Zamora Plantain crisps, moved from the first places in Edinburgh to more retailers, shops and churches in Scotland. March was the month that Just Trading Scotland became the first distributor for the Zamora Plantain crisps and helped to expand the market. Including cities and places like; Bolton, Cornwall, Cardiff, Glasgow, Inverurie, Aberdeen, Dundee, among other places.
 
On the 7th and 8th April Fair Business Alliance Ltd, visited the Natural & Organic Trade Show in Lonodn, that same weekend two new supporters, two entrepreneurs woman from Ecuador decided to join forces with Fair Business Alliance and started to distribute the Fairtrade Zamora Plantain Crisps in London, they have been very good in bringing new business to start stoking the product, including ethnic shops, bars and churches. At a very similar time another entrepreneur, this time from Watford started to distribute the Zamora Plantain Chips on that area.
 
Not only new places in London have now the Zamora Plantain Chips, but Jordan Valley, The New Leaf Coop, Real Foods, or deli's like Relish, all of them in Edinburgh, have joined the list of stockist.
 
Green City Wholefoods, a worker cooperative and well known distributor and wholesaler in Scotland joined Just Trading Scotland. Soon after, up in Inverness in Scotland, another workers cooperative and well establish distributor has joined the list of wholesalers, this is Highland Wholefoods.
 
May was an exciting month as Fair Business Alliance donated to all 11 Fair Trade Schools in Edinburgh over 1,500 packs of Fairtrade Zamora Plantain Chips to the kids in recognition of their work and support for Fair Trade. We also invited the Ecuadorian Trade Commissioner, Juan Diego Stacey, and the Ecuador European Regional Fair Trade Coordinator, Dario Cepeda, to take part in this, by attending an event organised together with the Edinburgh Council at Holyrood High School. In representation of the Council we had Lord Provost Donald Wilson also attending the event. http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2013/05/edinburgh-schools-forge-fa...
 
In June 2013 we also reached another agreement, this time with Premcrest. Since then, they have listed the product on their website www.premcrest.co.uk/index.php/search-zamora.html and are now a new distributor for the Plantain crisps. This is excellent news, as for now we have distributors and wholesalers based in Scotland and England, that between them reach all the UK.
 
From the beginning we also started distribution and sales online as this is a very important tool these days. If you like to buy online, then there are also few options:
1. www.premcrest.co.uk
2. www.realfoods.co.uk
3. www.theproducecompany.co.uk
the online business has even reached other European countries, as we have been informed that some boxes were even sold into Switzerland.
 
Fairtrade Plantain Crisps were launched at shops and bar on Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February)

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The first bar to have the unique Fairtrade crisps in the UK was The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Queen St, Edinburgh. They even organise a tasting  on the 28th and all people who tasted the product were very interested in it, in particular Caroline, bar surpervisor, managed to match a single malt for each flavour, so we can recommend the following when you go the SMWS:
1. Lightly salted paired with bottle no. 77.29 - Tropical Nights.
2. Mild spiced paired with bottle no. 35.74 - Sophisticated, heavenly and decadent.
 
Earthy
You can find Fairtrade Plantain Crisps on your Earthy shop in Edinburgh. Another shop that took a new step this Fairtrade Fortnight.
 
One World Shop
One World Shop is stocking the Fairtrade Plantain Crisps at the west end in Edinburgh. You are going to able to try them for free on Saturday 9 March between 3 and 4pm. Don't miss that opportunity.
 
Fairtrade Plantain Crisps reach the streets of Edinburgh!
The first ever Fairtrade Crisps in the UK were sold for first time in Scotland on the 18 February, and they made their appearances at the most famous Police Box in Edinburgh. Yes the green Brazilian police box "Tupiniquim" and they sold very well. Fernando, its Brazilian "chef & owner" served on Saturday (2 March) a typical Brazilian Feijoda with the Fairtrade Plantain Crisps. He said "people loved it". You can see there are many ways to eat and enjoy these new Fairtrade crisps.
 
Press Realease about first Fairtrade Crisps in the UK
The UK’s first Fairtrade crisps were launched during Fairtrade Fortnight in Scotland in the week that Scotland achieved Fair Trade Nation status.
Scotland became one of the first Fair Trade Nations this week, and Fair Trade events are being held to celebrate the achievement. Plantain Chips, the first and only Fairtrade crisps in the UK market, were launched in Edinburgh.
Plantain Chips is a joint product of two Fair Trade companies in Scotland, Fair Business Alliance Ltd and Fair Trade Scotland Ltd. These two companies, small but dynamic, have passionately worked to support the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation and supported small-holder farmers in Latin America. They believe this new and unique product will diversify the Fairtrade market in the UK and turn more people into Fairtrade supporters and lovers.

New Year 2013 Fairtrade Plantain Crisps are launched in Scotland and rest of the UK
Fair Business Alliance Ltd  is launching a completely NEW and tasty Fairtrade snack to the UK! Be the first to try these delicious Fairtrade Plantain Crisps from South America and know you are  making a difference to those in developing countries. Plantain Crisps can also make a fantastic healthy and exotic alternative to your usual snacks in any upcoming Fairtrade Fortnight events. To pre-order please contact us.
info@fairbusiness-alliance.com
 
 
Look here for links to interesting & important events:
Bio-Fach Nuremberg, Germany (13 to 16 February 2013)
We had a great visit at BioFach 2013, the Ecuadorian stand from our partners Fapecafes was visited a lot; people were very interested in our Fairtrade Plantain Crisps. We want to thank everyone who visited the stand and also to all the potential customers we talked too. We also used this trip to Bio Fach to visit new potential customers for other products like Brazil nuts, apricots among other organic products we are able to offer during this year 2013.
 
Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 in Scotland (25 February to 10 March 2013)
Now we are in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 and Scotland got the status of Fair Trade Nation on Monday 25th February at the beginning of this Fairtrade Fortnight. Also last week Fair Business Alliance Ltd and Fair Trade Scotland Limited launched the first ever Fairtrade Crisps in the UK. The launch was done from Scotland to the rest of the UK. You can read more about this on the Press Relaese that is on our Blog. If you want further information do not hesitate in contacting us. Don't forget to follow us on twitter @Fair_Business_ and like our facebook page.
 
Edinburgh Fair Trade Family Fair & Bruncheon and Presentation of the Lord Provost's Fair Trade Awards 2013
Saturday 9 March, 10.30 am - 2.30 pm at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh. Come and enjoy a special free event for all ages to celebrate Edinburgh, our Fairtrade City!
As well as the presentation of the Lord Provost's Fair Trade Awards 2013, there will be live music, Fairtrade stalls, free refreshments, and a range of activities. There will also be a talk by Tomy Mathew, Director of Elements India and Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, South India.
 
Balerno Fair Trade Fair: Saturday 9 March, Ogston Hall and St Joseph's Centre, Balerno Parish Church, 10am to 12 noon.
Balerno Fair Trade Group holds its annual Fairtrade food and coffee event along with craft stalls and children's activities. At 10.30am awards will be presented to the winners of Dean Park Primary School's competition to design a Fairtrade tie. Refreshments will include fairtrade tea and coffee, from The Mill at St Joseph's, along with Fairtrade home baking and Fairtrade tastings. A selection of stalls will sell fair trade foods and crafts from around the world. Children can help create a sculpture from Fairtrade packaging and take part in facepainting and henna painting. Donations from this event will be made to Dean Park Primary School's Malawi Link and the St Joseph's Development Fund. If you would like to help at this event please contact Lesley Henderson on 0131 449 4484.
 
Fairtrade Plantain Crisps tasting event at One World Shop in Edinburgh (3.00 - 4.00 pm, Saturday 9 March)
You are welcome to join us at the One World Shop in Edinburgh at west end and try these delicious firs ever Fairtrade Crisps in the UK, these are not only crisps but Fairtrade, Amazonian and Plantain Crisps from small farmers in Ecuador. Come and enjoy what is going to be your new and favourite Fairtrade snack during 2013.
 

 

Fair Business Alliance Ltd making new steps in Fairtrade Fortnight 2012
 
Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 is finished, but we at Fair Business Alliance want to make new steps to contribute all year around!
How are we going to contribute to achieving a fairer world?
Fair Business Alliance Ltd is asking wholesalers, distributors and buyers to add a new product, from the suppliers we work with, during 2012 to their current list of Fair Trade products.