British shoppers bought £1.1bn worth of Fairtrade products last year – 40% more than in 2009 - the Fairtrade Foundation has announced.

The boost meant UK consumers were now consuming 3.1m Fairtrade bananas a day as well as 2.3m Fairtrade-certified chocolate bars, 9.3m cups of tea, 6.4m cups of coffee and 530,000 cups of drinking chocolate, the Foundation said.

Fairtrade Fortnight, a two-week period used by the Foundation and its partners designed to raise awareness of Fairtrade goods, kicks off today. The theme this year is Show Off Your Label. 

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