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Sixty years of sustainable chocolate

Sixty years of sustainable chocolate

It always feels good to know that you’re helping others and the environment, but what about whilst eating chocolate?

Beginning in the 1950s, founder of Blommer Chocolate Co.  Henry Blommer began the company’s efforts towards achieving sustainability and also began what is now known as the World Cocoa Foundation.

Today, the company is well on its way to ensuring that all of its palm oil used in its factories will be certified sustainable by 2015. To date, it has spent $13 million on sustainability efforts through educating cocoa farmers in Indonesia, Ecuador and the Ivory Coast about improving crop yields. The company also uses social contracts relating to appropriate work house and activities for children.

For the first time in more than 70 years, Blommer Chocolate Co. invited the media inside its building to unveil a $45 million cocoa sustainability initiative called Sustainable Origins. The brand will be used to market its sustainable chocolate to customers and communicate its efforts more effectively to the public.

The company expects the demand for more sustainable chocolate products to grow; it is estimated that about 7% of the world’s cocoa crop is certified sustainable whilst 10% of Blommer’s production is certified sustainable.

In 2011, Blommer Chocolate Co. reached its corporate social responsibility goal of involving 40,000 cocoa farmers in the sustainable sourcing program.

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