Fairtrade tea


All Waitrose tea has been Fairtrade since 2017

We estimate that our commitment to Fairtrade brings around $400,000 in Fairtrade Premiums annually which are helping to support smallholder farmers improve production and working conditions. 

Waitrose 100% Fairtrade speciality teas use mostly traditional whole leaf grades of tea to achieve a range of unique blends.

Just as we are dependent on it to get through a hard day’s work, millions of farmers and workers around the world depend on tea for their living. While the bulk of global tea is produced on large plantations or estates, tea is also grown on small plots of land by smallholder farmers. Falling global prices, climate change and an ageing farmer population are putting the future of the tea industry at risk.

Read more about how buying Fairtrade tea helps give farmers a better quality of life for their families and communities