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Nestlé Becomes First Major UK Confectionery Company to Source 100% Sustainable Cocoa

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Nestlé Becomes First Major UK Confectionery Company to Source 100% Sustainable Cocoa

Nestlé Becomes First Major UK Confectionery Company to Source 100% Sustainable Cocoa
December 09
10:17 2015

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target to source 100 per cent certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate confectionery and biscuits becoming the first major confectionery company in the UK and Ireland to do so. From 1 January 2016, the entire range of Nestlé chocolate confectionery and biscuits sold in the UK and Ireland from KITKAT to MILKYBAR, AERO to QUALITY STREET, AFTER EIGHT to SMARTIES and many more will be produced using certified sustainable cocoa, sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

Andrew McIver, Managing Director, Confectionery, Nestlé UK & Ireland, says: “In achieving this landmark milestone, Nestlé UK & Ireland is demonstrating its long-term commitment to making a real difference to cocoa farmers and their communities. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is helping farmers to run profitable farms, support the elimination of child labour and ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa. Consumers here in the UK can enjoy their favourite products with the confidence that they are made with cocoa that comes from 100 per cent certified sustainable sources.”

Nestlé UK & Ireland works with both UTZ Certified and the Fairtrade Foundation for independent certification that the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions.  The UTZ program is designed to improve producers’ lives and offer a flexible and cost efficient sustainability program to the industry.

UTZ certified farmers are trained to grow better crops, generate more income and create opportunities for their families whilst safeguarding the environment. Companies, on the other hand, are able to secure their supply also in the future. Currently UTZ certified coffee, cocoa and tea is harvested in 37 countries and sold in 135 countries around the world.

Daan de Vries, Markets Director at UTZ, says: “Our vision at UTZ is that sustainability becomes the norm. Nestlé’s commitment is a step towards that vision. By buying responsibly grown ingredients, Nestlé helps to improve farmers’ lives, while assuring a stable supply in a turbulent context of climate change and other big challenges.”

Fairtrade supports small scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways. Through the standards and certification, the Fairtrade system provides direct and indirect support to producers and their organisations to deepen social and environmental sustainability.

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