The Co-operative Group has claimed to be first to market with beansprouts grown from Fairtrade-certified mung beans.

The beans are sourced from growers in Inner Mongolia that have been given Fairtrade certification for the first time.

The beans are harvested by the growers and transported by sea to the UK, where they are grown into beansprouts and packed for The Co-op.

“We are delighted to be first to market with beansprouts grown using Fairtrade certified mung beans,” said Leah Willcock, produce buyer at The Co-op.

“The new beansprouts will replace the standard offer but remain at the same price, so our customers can buy this ethical product with no additional cost to themselves.”

The beansprouts will be available in selected stores from next week.

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