We have two cocoa suppliers. YACAO provides our cocoa and cacao powders. Luker Chocolate supplies our chocolate chips and cacao nibs. Both suppliers have committed to fair trade standards and are helping to improve the lives of farming communities.
They do this through training programmes and initiatives such as building aqueducts and roads, supporting schools, distributing toys and enforcing human rights.
Farmers rely on long-term relationships so that they can plan for the future. We’ve been working with YACAO for more than 25 years and Luker Chocolate for 5 years.
You can read more about our suppliers here.
Child labour is common in the cocoa industry in west Africa. Our cocoa comes from the Dominican Republic and Colombia, where there’s much less risk of child labour. Nevertheless, both of our suppliers have rigorous processes in place to prevent child or forced labour. Farmers are also paid a better price for their cocoa, so are more likely to send their children to school.
All of our packaging can be easily recycled. Most can just be popped into your recycling bin for the council to collect.
Our cocoa and cacao powders are 100% organic and certified by the Soil Association. The cocoa for our other products is mainly grown by small-scale farmers (the average Colombian farm is just three hectares), many of whom cannot yet commit to organic farming practices. Instead, Casa Luker helps to train farmers in ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ and supports them in endeavours such as improving the soil, protecting water sources and responsible agroforestry. Casa Luker is also involved in reforestation work and has, so far, funded the planting of 600,000 new trees.