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Articles on Chocolatier UK that discuss Fairtrade chocolate and the ethical production of chocolate. #Fairtradefortnight takes place in March.

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Meet the Divine Cocoa Farmers

March 6 2014

Behind the widely-recognised Fairtrade logo, is the human reality of what Fairtrade is doing. People buy Fairtrade food products because they feel that by doing so they are helping farmers in developing countries, but usually this remains an abstract concept. Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company 45% owned by cocoa farmers, in the form of Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union, a co-operative of Ghanaian cocoa farmers. Cocoa goes on a […]

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Green & Black’s: Fairtrade and Flourishing

March 3 2014

Founded in 1991 by Craig Sams and Jo Fairley, organic chocolate company Green & Black’s has long played a pivotal part in the story of Fairtrade chocolate. While holidaying in Belize, Craig and Jo learnt that a group of local cocoa farmers had planted cocoa trees to grow cocoa for a large chocolate company, but the company had withdrawn from Belize, leaving the farmers with cocoa beans but no buyer. […]

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The World of Fairtrade Chocolate

July 29 2011

Francis Bediako drying the cocoa beans. Francis is a member of Kuapa Kokoo, the co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate. Photo credit: Kim Naylor Once a niche affair, Fairtrade chocolate is moving into the mainstream, with Fairtrade chocolate products widely available, now found on sale in newsagents, garage counters and supermarkets as well as health food shops and delicatessens.  Since 2008, Fairtrade chocolate’s share of the UK chocolate retail market has […]

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The Cost of Cocoa: Chocolatier.co.uk examines the cocoa market

June 2 2011

The recent political turmoil in the Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, has focussed attention on the issue of cocoa production and the cost of cocoa. “Because of the uncertainty in the Ivory Coast, international cocoa prices have been at their highest in more than three decades recently,” explains Gary Mead, editor of agricommodities website World Crops. “The Ivory Coast’s new president, Alassane Ousttara, called for a suspension of […]

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