SCOTLAND has been assessed as a Fair Trade Nation once more.

Scotland gained Fair Trade Nation status in 2013 but the reassessment confirms the ongoing progress Scotland has made in its commitment to supporting and purchasing Fair Trade over the past four years.

In polling carried out as part of the reassessment process, 43 per cent of consumers reported that they bought more Fair Trade products in 2016 than in the preceding year.

The reassessment analysis also shows that there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of towns with Fairtrade status, rising to 65 in 2016.

And 75 per cent of local authority areas now have Fair Trade status with 70 per cent of higher education institutions and 505 schools (approximately 20 per cent of the total) also achieving the standard.