Ubuntu Cola

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Ubuntu Cola
TypeSoft drink
ManufacturerUbuntu Trading Company Ltd
DistributorUbuntu Trading Company Ltd
Country of origin United Kingdom
Related productsCoca-Cola, Virgin Cola

Ubuntu Cola is a soft drink certified by The Fairtrade Foundation. Made with Fairtrade sugar from Malawi and Zambia, Ubuntu Cola is the first UK cola to be Fairtrade certified.[1] It is available for sale in the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg and online.[2][3]

It is available in 330 ml cans, 500 ml PET plastic bottles, and 275 ml glass bottles.[3]


The cola is named after the African philosophy of Ubuntu, which means humanity or fellow feeling; kindness,[4] There is no connection between the cola and the Ubuntu open-source operating system (also named after the philosophy). Moreover, Ubuntu Cola is not an open-source cola.


Ubuntu Cola's sugar is sourced from Fairtrade worker cooperatives in Kasinthula, Malawi and Kaleya, Zambia. Farmers who are members of the Fairtrade cooperative at Kasinthula receive an income of $4 a day, which is six times the national average income.[5]


  1. ^ "UK's first Fairtrade cola". Speciality Food Magazine. 2007-10-15. Archived from the original on 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  2. ^ Weston, Shaun (2010-04-29). "Miranda Walker, Ubuntu Cola". FoodBev.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17.
  3. ^ a b "Ubuntu Trading (official website)". Ubuntu Trading Company Ltd. Archived from the original on 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  4. ^ "We Are Ubuntu". Ubuntu Trading Company Ltd. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
  5. ^ "Ubuntu in Malawi". Ubuntu-trading.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-06.