For the first time, Fairtrade products will be available throughout all the catering outlets at The 144th Open in St Andrews, which is being played in St Andrews this week. All tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and bananas supplied throughout the Championship will be Fairtrade!
The St Andrews Fairtrade Town Campaign has been working closely with The R&A, which organises The Open, since the last time the Championship was staged in St Andrews in 2010. This has led to The R&A introducing Fairtrade products as part of The Open’s broader commitment to sustainability.
Mary Popple, Chair of the St Andrews Fairtrade Town Group, said: “It has been excellent to work closely with The R&A around their use and promotion of Fairtrade produce at The 144th Open and we are confident that the support for Fairtrade by an event of this magnitude will have far-reaching positive impacts moving forward.”
200,000 spectators are expected to attend The Open in St Andrews this year, which will provide an enormous boost to local businesses. The Open in St Andrews in 2010 delivered an economic benefit of £100 million to the Scottish economy.
The introduction and use of Fairtrade products during the Open is therefore a huge commitment by the R&A and a great example of the impact that local Fairtrade Towns group can have!
For more information read the full media release here!