Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 174 - Sales of Fairtrade labelled coffee and bananas
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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:
» You are advised to spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The tables below give information about sales of Fairtrade*-labelled coffee and bananas in 1999 and 2004 in five European countries.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
» You should write at least 150 words.
Sales of Fairtrade-labelled coffee and bananas (1999 & 2004)
*Fairtrade: a category of products for which farmers from developing countries have been paid an officially agreed fair price.
Sample Answer 1:
The given tables provide sales information on coffee and bananas which had Fairtrade labels attached to them and had been sold in five different countries in Europe in 1999 and 2004. The sales price are given in millions of Euros and the fairtrade coffee and bananas indicate that the farmers who produced these products are from developing countries and have been paid a decent price for their production.
As a general trend, the UK was the largest market for Fairtrade labelled coffee while Swiss people preferred bananas of this category in 2004.
As the table data demonstrates, the market for Fairtrade labelled coffee and bananas witnessed a dramatic increase in 2004 than that of 5 years ago. With regards to coffee sales, the highest amount of sales could be observed in Switzerland in 1999 with exactly 3 million Euro sale volume. The sale in the UK in this year was half of that and the lowest sale was recorded in Sweden with less than 1 million Euro. After 5 years, the sales of coffee in these countries increases with a remarkable improvement in the UK. The sales went up to 20 million Euros in the UK in 2004 with was almost double than the combined sales amount in the remaining four countries.
For the banana sales, Switzerland was the largest market in both years. Sales amount in the rest of the countries summed to just over 4 million while it was 15 million alone in Switzerland. The sales upsurged significantly and went up to 47 million while it decreased in Denmark.
[Written by - Minoru Tanaka]
Sample Answer 2:
The tables compare sales of two categories of products, namely: fair-trade-labelled coffee and Fairtrade-labelled bananas in five European countries in two different terms, 1999 and 2004. These coffees and bananas were produced by farmers of developing nations and a fair price is given to those farmers according to the agreement and that’s why the name Fairtrade is attached.
Overall, it is clear that majority of the countries experienced an increased sales of those products and the biggest rise in sales were in the UK and Switzerland respectively. In 1999, the largest coffee sale, 3 million Euros, was in Switzerland but after five years, the highest sale could be observed in the UK (20 million Euros) that recorded more than three times higher than that of Switzerland (6 million Euros). The sales amounts in Denmark, Belgium and Sweden were 1.8, 1 and 0.8 million Euros respectively in 1999 and these amounts increased in five years.
Meanwhile, Switzerland was the largest market for the Fairtrade-labelled banana sales with 15 million Euros sold in 1999 which was higher than the combined sales in other four countries. The sales amount of bananas reached to 47 million Euros in 2004 which was more than three times higher than that of 1999 and the second largest market for this product was in the UK where 1 million Euros was sold in 1999 and that increased by 5.5 times in 2004. Interestingly the sales volume of the fairtrade bananas decreased in Sweden and Denmark in 2004 than that of 1999.
The lowest amount of sales for Fairtrade-labelled coffee could be seen in Sweden and it was Denmark and Sweden where the lowest amount of Fairtrade-labelled bananas were sold in both years.
[ Written by - Zha Blue ]