We have teamed up with Rio Nuevo Chocolate based in Cornwall, to offer you a delicious and ethical treat for the festive season.
Rio Nuevo Chocolate is committed to shortening the chocolate supply chain and building direct trade relationships with their cacao farmers in order to leave more money in their hands.
By paying their farmers directly and 65% above Fairtrade prices they’re also enabling them to save two of the most biodiverse forests in our planet: The Cloud Forest and Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.
This is why we have chosen to work with Rio Nuevo,
Better pay: 62% more than fair trade price paid directly to farmers.
Natural: Cacoa grown using organic methods.
Vegan friendly: Free from dairy, gluten and palm oil.
For Rio Nuevo Chocolate, Direct Trade encompasses their vision of working towards improving the livelihoods of the farmers and their productivity, creating a more sustainable independent life for the farmers and their families. One where they will have more control over community development and the opportunity to build a better future.
At the beginning of 2021 they have decided to move the production of chocolate to Ecuador, meaning the farmers add value to their product at origin and keep more revenue in their local economy, providing more employment and developing new skills.
It’s estimated that less than 5% of the world’s chocolate is produced in the same country the cacao is grown. Normally, much of the value of cacao is exported along with it when chocolate is made in Europe and North America.