Today (7th July) is World Chocolate Day. The Co-op is the UK’s largest convenience seller of Fairtrade chocolate and we have been championing Fairtrade for over 25 years.
In 2000, Co-op launched the world’s first own brand Fairtrade product, The Co-operative Divine Milk Chocolate and Co-op remain the only retailer in the UK with a 100% Fairtrade own brand chocolate range.
In 2017, The Co-op extended this commitment to sourcing all cocoa for own brand production on Fairtrade terms, increasing our Fairtrade cocoa purchases fivefold.
We are the only UK retailer to have this commitment. As part of this commitment, Co-op provides funding for a Women’s School of Leadership in Cote d’Ivoire, run by Fairtrade Africa the school supports the empowerment of female cocoa farmers.
Our cocoa is sourced from co-ops in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Peru, Dominican Republic and other countries. That’s certainly something worth celebrating!