It goes without saying that all of the chocolate we sell is delicious! However, as well as making great tasting chocolate, the brands we sell are committed to being ethical and sustainable. From promoting the ethical supply of cocoa to reducing their environmental impact, our suppliers may have different approaches, but they are all determined to help make a difference.
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Chocolarder is one of the only small batch bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the country. They produce fine quality, stone ground chocolate using organic beans imported from single estate, family run plantations in Venezuela, Java, Madagascar, Peru and the Dominican Republic. The select beans used at Chocolarder are roasted, winnowed and ground over four days before being left to mature for 30 days. The chocolate is then hand tempered and made into bars before being wrapped in plastic free packaging.
Based in Cornwall, Chocolarder ship as many beans as they can via sail ships to nearby Falmouth. As their solution to finding a viable low carbon solution, they are looking forward to having the space to transport all of their beans like this.
Chocolate & Love
In 2010, Richard and Birgitte O’Connor set out to develop a brand that they could feel good about. Since then, Chocolate and Love have won a total of 37 Great Taste Awards.
Using only fine quality organic chocolate that has been ethically sourced, Chocolate and Love’s cacao, cane sugar, vanilla and coffee all come from cooperatives certified by Fairtrade. Only organic ingredients are used, which can be traced back to the farm of origin.
Their business is run as ethically as possible, using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper from responsibly managed forests for their outer wrappers, and using 100% biodegradable silver inner wrappers based on sustainable wood-pulp. They also support reforestation through weforest.org.
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Cox & Co.
Founded by Gavin Cox; Cox & Co focussed on developing great flavour combinations, while also making a bar of chocolate that they could feel good about. Gavin spent much of his younger years in South America and realised that to make the best chocolate, it had to be produced as ethically as possible.
Working with Casa Luker, an estate in Columbia, Cox and Co ensure that their cacao is traceable. Casa Luker invests in their farmers, communities and has developed environmental farming methods. As a result, Cox and Co have been able to produce a chocolate that places equal importance on providing both an indulgent and ethical treat.
Divine Chocolate is a global social enterprise driven by a mission. Their mission is to grow a successful global farmer-owned company using chocolate to bring people together and to create dignified trading relations, empowering producers and consumers.
Their business model reflects the belief that producers should earn a share of the profits they help to create. Kuapa Kokoo Farmer’s Union, a cooperative of 100,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, is therefore a shareholder in Divine Chocolate.
As a social enterprise, Divine is driven not only by profits, but also a social mission, wanting to make a positive impact on community, individuals, and the world at large.
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Doisy & Dam
Doisy and Dam’s founders, Ed and Rich, set out to change the UK chocolate scene in 2012, with ethics as a pillar principle of the business. They are proud to be a B-Corp company, a business committed to being a force for good. This certification ensures that the ambition of an ethical business is backed up in an open and transparent way. This allows them to ensure a model which ia, as far as possible, beneficial to people, the planet and business – leaving behind more than it takes.
They hold themselves accountable for every stage of the their supply chain, from bean to bar, enabling them to promise both the highest quality chocolate ingredients are used, and that every one is ethically sourced. Using Luker Chocolate cocao farms in Columbia, Doisy and Dam buy cocoa through cooperatives rather than the stock market, meaning more money goes back into the community.
Started in the early 2010s by Matt and Teri, Gnaw began as a sweet shop in Norwich. After the success of some homemade chocolate bars, Gnaw dedicated themselves to making chocolate. Made in the UK, the cocoa used is either sourced from the Dominican Republic, which can be traced back to specific cooperative farms, or from the Ivory Coast where suppliers have schemes to prevent deforestation.
All large chocolate bars use fully compostable wrappers and even what looks like foil is actually potato starch! Sustainability is at the heart of Gnaw.
Gnaw is striving for their chocolate to be 100% palm oil free and have currently reached 95%. They aim to achieve 100% in 2021. All Gnaw chocolate that Chocaletta sell is 100% palm oil free.
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In 2004, Alex, his wife Jayne, daughter Nicola and her husband-to-be Andy, opened Kernow Harvest, a Cornish food and drink store in Wadenbridge. This soon became Kernow Chocolate, selling chocolate at local farmers’ markets, before becoming Cornwall’s largest artisan chocolate maker.
Kernow believes that by improving farmers' livelihoods and by supporting them in improving cocoa cultivation will ensure a sustainable source of income and will secure the future of cocoa farming for generations to come.
By being part of the initiative Cocoa Horizons, every bar of chocolate Kernow sell contributes to sustainable chocolate cultivation.
Love cocoa was founded in 2016 by James Cadbury, the great-great-great-grandson of John Cadbury, who set up Cadbury chocolate nearly 200 years ago. After a hostile takeover of Cadbury Chocolate in 2010, James Cadbury launched his own chocolate, Love Cocoa, built on the strong ethical foundations of his great-great-great-grandfather.
Cocoa is sourced from small, family-run businesses in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. Their cocoa supplier guarantees a higher than market value price to cocoa farmers, and farming is carried out in an organic way, with work extending post-harvest to renovate plantations and replant trees.
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Montezuma's began their journey in 2000 with a shop in Brighton, hand-making their own bars, using the best quality ethical cocoa sourced from plantations meeting their “Trading Fairly” policy. They recognise that while profit is important, their business should be a fun and rewarding place to work, they should do everything in their power to minimise their impact on the environment and they should pay a fair price to their suppliers.
Montezuma’s believe that their “Trading Fairly” policy goes beyond just paying a fair price for their ingredients. They are happy to pay a premium for their cocoa, to create sustainable cocoa production through farmers’ education and investment in local communities, particularly encouraging school education. They ensure that all cocoa is certified and comes from sustainable sources, and all cocoa is traceable back to its source.
They recognise that there is a carbon footprint associated with chocolate production, but are taking steps to reduce and are challenging suppliers too. They are also in the process of seeking B-Corp accreditation, meaning they have set themselves the target of being carbon neutral by 2025.
Ocelot is a small company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Two weeks after getting married in 2013, Matt and Ish started making chocolate in the back kitchen of their apartment, which they sold at their local farmers’ market. Seven years later they now have a small factory and team, helping to send chocolate around the world.
They use high quality, ethical produce combined with ethical business practices in every way that they can. Their outer packaging is made in the UK from FSC certified paper stock, and the inner film is 100% home and industrial compostable.
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Rococo are one of the most established brands that we sell. They were established on the King's Road in London in 1983 and have been selling chocolate for over 35 years.
They have committed to responsible chocolate, and work with suppliers who are attentive to sustainability, who are transparent and who are committed to dealing with the issues in the cocoa industry.
Seed and Bean
Right from the start, Seed and Bean made it their ethos to create the most ethical and sustainable chocolate they can. They use Fairtrade cocoa where possible, and their products are ethically sourced and handmade in England. They make small batches of chocolate, with a batch size of 34 litres, compared to large industrially produced chocolatiers who make batches of 20-50,000 litres.
With a large range of unique flavours, their bars area also wrapped using 100% compostable foil and 100% compostable packaging.
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The Chocolatier was founded by Aneesh Popat, an award-winning chocolatier. Aneesh's scientific background and passion for chocolate led him to become renowned for his unique and experimental flavours.
The Chocolatier has a mission to 'change the world one chocolate at a time'. Every chocolate makes a positive difference by contributing to the education and materials for children in India. The Chocolatier also focusses on sourcing ethical cacao.
Tony’s Chocolonely was founded by Tuen van de Keuken, a Dutch journalist who launched a crusade against child slavery in the chocolate industry. Shocked that slavery still existed in the cocoa business, Teun tried to discuss the problem with the large chocolate makers but was ignored. So, he decided to lead by example and made 5,000 Fairtrade chocolate bars himself. Teun felt that the chocolate industry was a lonely place for those crusading for 100% slave-free chocolate, and therefore named his chocolate ‘Chocolonely’. Tony is the English equivalent of Teun, hence ‘Tony’s Chocolonely’ was born!
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Vanini is a premium chocolate brand from the Italian confectioner ICAM. Vanini is made from cocoa beans grown in carefully selected plantations. ICAM has established long-term relationships with co-operatives, farmers and local communities.
The cocoa beans used in the bean to bar organic range of Vanini bars we sell are sourced from the Bunibugyo region in Uganda, where ICAM has built a cocoa harvesting centre, supporting farmers to learn how to produce better cocoa and increase their income.
Wille’s Cacao is a bean to bar chocolate maker started by Willie Harcourt-Cooze. Willie has been a cacao farmer since 1996 at his farm in the Henri Pittier National Park in Choroni, Venezuela. The ethical sourcing of beans is at the heart of how their chocolate is made. Willie’s Cacao operates direct trade, having a long-term relationship with their farmers and paying a fair price for high-quality, sustainable cacao. This price is significantly higher than world cocoa prices.
Once the beans have been harvested, fermented and dried they are transported by sea to their chocolate factory in Uffculme, Devon. Here in Willie’s chocolate factory, small batches of chocolate are made to taste.