Sustainable cocoa drive for Tesco
Tesco, a speaker at this year’s London Chocolate Forum on October 7, has announced that all of the cocoa required for its own label chocolate products sold in the UK will be from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by the end of 2018.
The retailer will also ensure the cocoa used in other Tesco UK products, such as biscuits, cakes, desserts and cereals, will be responsibly sourced by the same date.
The news follows a series of measures by Tesco designed to help build trusted and transparent partnerships with its suppliers and ensure more of its products are sourced sustainably.
Tesco's collaboration the Rainforest Alliance and other sustainability programmes is designed to support cocoa-growing communities, help increase farmer income, safeguard soils and conserve wildlife. Customers will be able to recognise Rainforest Alliance Certified products by the inclusion of its frog seal on packaging.
Jason Tarry, chief product officer at Tesco, says: “Our customers want to be reassured that we treat farmers and growers well and that the foods they buy are sourced responsibly. Our collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance will help to support cocoa farmers, improve their livelihoods and ensure we are offering great sustainable and affordable products.”
By the end of 2018, all cocoa sourced for Tesco that goes into other products, including biscuits, cakes, desserts and cereals, will also be responsibly sourced. Cocoa will be sourced in accordance with a number of sustainability programmes including the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Cocoa Horizons and Fairtrade.