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Tesco’s cocoa to come from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by 2018

19 July 2016  •  Author(s): Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

All cocoa required for Tesco’s own label chocolate products sold in the UK will come from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by the end of 2018.

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Cocoa used in other products, such as Tesco biscuits, cakes, desserts and cereals, will also be responsibly sourced by the same date.

Tesco’s collaboration the Rainforest Alliance and other sustainability programmes will 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.  

Commenting on the announcement, Jason Tarry, Chief Product Officer at Tesco, said: “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. This is just one of a number of initiatives which will help us build trusted partnerships with our suppliers and enable us to serve shoppers a little better every day.”

Nigel Sizer, President of the Rainforest Alliance, added: “We are delighted Tesco has made such a deep commitment to sourcing Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Tesco’s commitment will have a significant impact on improving the social, economic, and environmental well-being of cocoa farming communities.”

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.

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