Antrim has been named the first Fairtrade Borough in Northern Ireland for reaching a high standard of support for farmers in developing countries.
Dozens of retailers and caterers threw themselves into the bid, going over and above the basic requirements to help farmers and workers across the globe get a fair return.
Paul Holly, assistant director of operational services with Antrim Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to have received this award, especially as we are the first in Northern Ireland to have done so.
“To become a Fairtrade Borough we had to show that there is a real commitment from all sectors of the community to promote and use fairly traded products.”
Antrim mayor Pam Lewis said: “Fairtrade Borough status is very special. It means that we have recognised the importance of Fairtrade and identified people who are committed to supporting and promoting it, including traders, schools, churches, workplaces and the council.”