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  • Jan 14

    Ethics in the Chocolate Industry

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Both environmentally and socially, mass produced chocolate has detrimental effects on our world. The ethics of big chocolate are often shady – shrouded behind jargon which is anything but transparent. We rarely know where makers like Cadbury and Nestle really source their beans from, or how the farmers who grow those beans are treated. Cheap […]

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  • Nov 30

    Our Two Cents on Tony’s

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics, What is Craft Chocolate?

    Tony’s Chocolonely burst onto the chocolate scene in 2005 with promises of slave free, Fairtrade chocolate and a desire to draw attention to the numerous social injustices within the chocolate industry. The intentions of Tony’s founder, Teun van de Keuken, are powerful and persuasive. And with their characteristically bold packaging, they have brought the issue […]

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  • Sep 14

    Five of the Most Ethical Makers In The World

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Here at Cocoa Runners we’ve done the hard work for you when it comes to ethical chocolate obsession. We’ve tasted in excess of 2000 chocolate bars, yet exclusively stock just 250 bars from the makers that best reflect our values – meaning our delicious chocolate really is good for the soul. You can be sure […]

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  • Sep 06

    What big chocolate doesn’t want you to see…

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Chocolate is big business. We’re eating more chocolate than ever, but we often forget where this wonderful food comes from: the beans. But the supply chain for the beans is causing more harm to the world than ever before; to both nature and people. This is an overview on the detrimental effects of commercial cacao […]

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  • Sep 06

    Children in Your Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Sugar, milk, chocolate, cocoa butter, a sprinkling of additives, and… child labour? That’s the hidden ingredient in mass-produced, commodity chocolate they don’t tell you about. That’s the secret to cheap chocolate. Around 70% of the world’s supply of cocoa comes from two nations in West Africa: Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Whole communities in these regions […]

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  • Sep 05

    Not So Sweet: The Dark History of Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Chocolate has established itself as a staple commodity in our lives; transforming from an inaccessible, handmade luxury to an overabundant result of mass production. The worldwide commodification of chocolate and our quest for the cheapest price, however, perpetuate the problems that persist from chocolate’s colonial history over the last 500 years. Colonial Commodities As the […]

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  • Jun 23

    Is Craft Chocolate Organic?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Environment, Ethics

    During our Virtual Tastings we’re often asked, “What about organic chocolate?”. It’s a great question, but answering it is complicated at best. Here’s why: Craft Chocolate is all about bars that taste better, are better for you, and better for farmers and for the planet.  Organic food and farming have the same aspirations. Organic certification […]

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  • Jun 08

    Chocolate’s Dark History – and the importance of Transparent, Direct Trade

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Craft Chocolate provides an amazing insight into flavour and is truly one of the most “affordable” luxuries to savour.  At the same time there is a darker history to chocolate’s affordability that shouldn’t be ignored, least of all in today’s troubling times.  By treating chocolate as a mere commodity and by buying chocolate snacks primarily off […]

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  • Mar 10
    Forever Cacao Ashaninka

    Beyond Fairtrade: Forever Cacao

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    Tuesday night was our monthly tasting evening at the Winemakers Club in Farringdon. This month we were lucky enough to be joined by Pablo Spaull of Forever Cacao. Pablo and Cocoa Runners co-founder Spencer went head to head, each presenting some of their favourite bars (including Pablo’s own). Pablo also told us a little about […]

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  • Mar 04
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    Beyond Fairtrade: Luisa Abram

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics

    As part of our Fairtrade Fortnight series, we take you into the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. One of our greatest discoveries of last year was Brazilian maker Luisa Abram. Andre Banks and his daughter Luisa are the driving force behind the family-owned chocolate maker. The pair source their beans from a co-operative deep within […]

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