Old Label, New Landscape: Understanding Fair Trade in the Produce Department

Time: Thursday Oct 3rd from 1:15PM to 2:45PM

Location: Mt. Hood

Speaker(s): Anna Canning - Campaign Manager, Fair World Project; River Cook - Worker Owner, Equal Exchange; Jackie Krzyzek - Collective Member. Olympia Food Co-op

Once most common on coffee and chocolate, fair trade labels are making their way into the produce department.

This panel will look at this fast-growing market sector from multiple perspectives along the supply chain. From plantations in Honduras to small-scale farmers in Ecuador, to multinational operations that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border, what does “fair trade” mean in the context of produce? Join us for a discussion on opportunities, challenges, and future possibilities.

Anna Canning is Fair World Project’s campaign manager where she also co-edits the biannual For A Better World magazine. She has nearly 15 years of experience all along the supply chain working for companies that are leaders in the movement for authentic fair trade in the natural foods industry.



River Cook has worked in co-ops for more than 17 years, in retail stores as a baker and grocery stocker, in produce distribution, and since 2009 as a worker-owner of Equal Exchange. They live in Minneapolis, MN with the cutest old dog, their 5-year-old human child, and their partner. River is infinitely interested in food and movement.



Jackie Krzyzek is a produce manager at the Olympia Food Co-op. She has a passion for providing the community with great produce that also supports the workers who grew it.