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Sustainable chocolate Chocolate Manufacturer UK

Cocoa pods in their natural form used to make sustainable chocolate

OUR APPROACH TO CHOCOLATE SUSTAINABILITY

At Whitakers Chocolates, we value our environment and our community. We believe in doing the right thing, treating people fairly and understanding that even the smallest steps can make a huge difference.

Our ambition is to provide high-quality, sustainable chocolate products throughout the world.

As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable cocoa, we wanted to find a partner who shared the same vision and values and one that would help us achieve our goals. We found the perfect partnership with Cargill.

Cargill lives and works by their promise, ‘The Cargill cocoa promise’. The Cargill cocoa promise reflects their commitment to improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities while accelerating progress towards a secure, sustainable and transparent global cocoa and chocolate supply chain.

Working together means we can deliver on our promise, meet our ethical goals and build consumer confidence in the Whitakers Chocolates brand.

More details on ‘The Cargill cocoa promise’ can be found here: The Cargill cocoa promise.

In addition to our affiliation with Cargill and our ongoing commitment to ethical choices, we use and promote Fairtrade Cocoa across most of our product range. This is particularly important to us as we believe in the work the Fairtrade Foundations offers the cocoa farming industry and dovetails with our vision and values.

The Fairtrade Foundation works directly with cocoa farmers to strengthen the farming process, promote fairer trading, improve living standards, environmental protection, climate change adaptation, promote zero child labour, and gender equality.

We strongly believe working alongside Cargill and Fairtrade will help make the difference needed for the well-being and future-proofing of this sector.

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WE'RE COMMITTED IN DOING THE RIGHT THING

Our goals are broken down into five areas:

  • Responsible trading.
  • Protecting the cocoa farmers’ livelihoods.
  • Community well-being.
  • Protecting our planet.
  • Consumer confidence.

Responsible trading – Responsible purchasing to us means purchasing in a way that enables positive change at the supplier level so that every part of the supply chain benefits.

In addition, it requires a trusting, direct and honest relationship where both parties can negotiate and share risks equally and a purchaser who is committed to supporting human rights within the supply base.

Protecting the cocoa farmers’ livelihoods – We believe everyone should be treated fairly and given a fair price for their work. If that means we pay more to ensure everyone in the supply chain benefits – that’s what we’ll do.

We only work with trusted and credible suppliers that share the same values, so together, we can strengthen cocoa farmer practices and help build a better world for the people that matter. Wherever possible, we purchase Fairtrade cocoa.

Community well-being – Working with our cocoa and chocolate partners to enhance the safety and well-being of children and families in the cocoa farming areas. Whilst also promoting zero tolerance for child labour with our supply chain.

Protecting our planet – We only have one chance to make a difference, so we think GREEN. We promote environmental best practices within our business and our supply chain. We strive in any area to make improvements towards a better world.

Consumer confidence – We believe we make the right ethical choices within the business to ensure our customers can buy with confidence.

These goals are an integral part of our chocolate sustainability policy, and as a business, we a fully committed. We only work with like-minded suppliers who share our ambitions and work together to make a difference.

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Fairtrade Milk and dark chocolate bars by Whitakers Chocolates
Bulk catering chocolates and truffles by Whitakers Chocolates

FAIRTRADE & VEGAN PRODUCTS MADE IN THE UK

We are committed to making a difference in the chocolate world. We want our products to be exciting, delicious and available for everyone to enjoy.

We use only the finest flavours and natural ingredients to make our milk and dark chocolates, with most of our range being gluten-free and palm oil free.

Our range is also suitable for Vegetarians, but that's not all!

We are proud to offer an extensive range of Vegan-friendly chocolate products and gifts, all of which are registered with the Vegan Society.

Plus, we are approved by the Fairtrade Foundation, with the majority of our retail range using Fairtrade Cocoa.

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ALL OUR CHOCOLATE COME IN ECO-FRIENDLY PACKAGING

As well as great tasting chocolates our packaging is vibrant, eye-catching and it's all 100% recyclable or biodegradable.

We believe in doing the right thing for the environment and our customers, that's why we have developed our packaging inline with our sustainability goals.

We choose to work with leading print and packaging specialists who also share the same values as we do. We work with one of the UK's only certified Carbon Balanced printers and we are proud to support the fantastic work the World Land Trust does in helping to save our planet.

We also only use FSC material within our packaging, meaning we are supporting sustainable forestry.

As part of our ongoing environmental commitment, we will continually review our packaging and methods to help make a difference.

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Selection of gluten free milk and dark chocolates made in Yorkshire by Whitakers Chocolates all in sustainable packaging

Contact Us

To find out more about our chocolate factory or discuss our contract manufacturing solutions, please contact our friendly team who'd be happy to help!.

Whitakers Chocolates has been making traditional British chocolates at our factory in Skipton since 1889. Everything produced in our UK chocolate factory is made under the highest food safety regulations and uses only the finest and natural ingredients. Our chocolate and raw materials come from sustainable sources and most of our chocolate products use Fairtrade Cocoa, are gluten free and palm oil free. In addition we have a large range of vegan chocolates, all are registered with the Vegan Society. In line with our sustainability goals, all our packaging is widely recyclable or home compostable with minimal plastics. 

As one of the UK's leading chocolate manufacturers, we export our chocolates across the globe to Europe, Canada and beyond. So if you are looking to become a stockist, export British chocolates or are looking for a chocolate manufacturer to create your own chocolate brand, we're here to help. Our milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Fairtrade chocolate, vegan chocolates and gluten free chocolate products are available in retail, bulk catering packs, private label, white label, wholesale and exports. 

From boxed chocolate giftspersonalised giftsbulk chocolate catering packs, individually wrapped chocolates to branded corporate gifts - we supply individuals and businesses, big and small in the UK and around the world. 

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