Dagoba Organic Chocolate Commits to Using Cacao Beans From Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Farms

12 Mar

DAGOBA ORGANIC CHOCOLATE LOGODagoba® Organic Chocolate today announced that their complete line of USDA Certified Organic chocolate products is now being made with cacao beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms; reinforcing the company’s commitment to follow sustainable practices.

By mid-year consumers will be able to purchase Dagoba Organic Chocolate products that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. The seal indicates that the cacao beans were grown on sustainably managed farms that protect forests, rivers, soils and wildlife, while being good community neighbors. Rainforest Alliance certification also ensures that workers have safe working conditions, just wages, dignified housing and access to education for their children.

“The Dagoba brand takes unparalleled measures to ensure cacao farms are following the highest quality standards to produce the best certified organic cacao in the world,” said Ray Major, who leads the cacao development and sourcing for Dagoba Organic Chocolate. “Working with the Rainforest Alliance, whose certification has the strongest voice in the area of environmental stewardship, ensures that these efforts are sustainable over the long term.”

Dagoba Organic Chocolate works closely with cacao-producing communities in Tanzania, Dominican Republic and Peru, to help individual farmers achieve Rainforest Alliance certification before purchasing the cacao to blend for the company’s chocolate products.

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One specific example occurred in 2011 when more than 20,000 farmers in Kyela, Tanzania were certified at the request of Dagoba Organic Chocolate in one of the single largest group certifications. Separately, Dagoba Organic Chocolate also maintains a longstanding relationship with the Rainforest Alliance Certified Finca Elvesia farm in the Dominican Republic. The company supports the farm’s social and ecological well-being through projects ranging from farming workshops to renewable energy initiatives. Finally, since 2010, Dagoba Organic Chocolate has been helping to optimize the fermentation practices in San Juan de Cheni, Peru, a small cacao-farming community consisting of 46 families. By creating a new, expanded nursery that provides seedlings to farmers and breaking ground on a central fermentation facility, the Dagoba brand will be able to secure a sustainable supply of high quality organic cacao that is consistent with the company’s values.

“Through Rainforest Alliance certification, farmers learn to better manage their farms, adopting sustainable practices that improve efficiency, reduce costs and often help to improve crop quality,” said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. “By sourcing cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, the Dagoba brand is helping to support a healthier planet, while providing consumers with sustainable, high quality products.”

“By using Rainforest Alliance Certified cacao, Dagoba Organic Chocolate fans can expect a taste that is brighter, cleaner and more balanced compared with current Dagoba chocolates,” added Major.

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