Is Hotel Chocolat cocoa Fair Trade? At Hotel Chocolat we wholeheartedly support the principle of Fairtrade and sometimes buy Fairtrade Cocoa as well as other certified cocoa such as Organic, UTZ and Rain Forest Alliance but you won’t find any logos on our products. Why is that?
It is simply not possible for a company-owned cacao farm, such as our Rabot Estate to gain Fair Trade accreditation. Only smallholdings are eligible usually working to a cooperative model. This creates a barrier between us and some of the best quality and most ethical cocoa on the planet. We have some great partnerships in Colombia and Honduras that are not based on cooperative models and cannot be Fair Trade approved and in St Lucia and Ghana we run our own schemes offering farmers what we believe is a fairer deal and are striving to improve these further.