Cocoa Loco lives, breathes, dreams and sleeps chocolate but it has to be Fairtrade, 100% ethical and organic all the way! Cocoa Loco are supporting fair trade where ever possible and are members of FLO (Fair Trade Labelling Organisations) as well as the British Organic Soil Association, Eco Cert, Small Producers Organisation and Naturland Fair. Cocoa Loco is SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) accredited, a food-safety standard certification which is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard. Further Cocoa Loco have a full Food Safety Management System in place which includes HACCP.
Cocoa Loco is a British business which started in 2005 operating in the heart of West Sussex from a purpose-built and aptly named Chocolate Barn. The chocolate is single origin from Conacado, a union of cocoa co-operatives in the Dominican Republic. Conacado is made up of 182 small-scale producer associations with a total membership of 10,000 cocoa farmers – providing much needed income
The chocolate is lovingly handmade in small batches by skilled chocolatiers. It is superb quality, artisan, tasty, scrumptious and has won many national awards. Cocoa Loco make a range of bitter-sweet velvety dark chocolate, the most luscious smooth and creamy white chocolate plus delicious milk chocolate, enhanced with natural flavours including raspberry, white rose geranium with a whisper of geranium oil, milk and orange with zingy Italian oranges, milk and brazil, sesame and honey, plus the intriguing use of sunflower seeds and sea salt. Only organic and Fairtrade certified sugar is used in their chocolate range. No palm oil or soy is used in their production
Apart from producing delicious chocolate the company has a strong ethics policy supporting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They will not trade with governments or business which fail to uphold basic human rights within its sphere of influence. Cocoa Loco seeks to support poverty reduction and will not trade with supply chain organisations that fail to implement basic labour rights as set out in the Fundamental ILO Conventions, such as avoidance of child labour, actively oppose the rights of workers to freedom of association or joining a trade union. Producers must ensure that their workforce has access to drinking water or vital medicines
Coca Loco will not trade with organisations involved in the exploitation of great apes, animal testing of cosmetic or household products or their ingredients, intensive farming method, blood sports or the fur trade. They actively seek to support businesses involved in organic farming methods that promote animal welfare.
They will not trade with any business whose core activity contributes to global climate change, via the extraction or production of fossil fuels, the manufacture of chemicals that are persistent in the environment, bio-accumulative in nature or linked to long term health concerns, unsustainable harvest of natural resources, the development of GM foods with uncontrolled release. Cocoa Loco is supporting businesses involved in recycling and sustainable waste management, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable natural products and services (including timber and organic produce), and the pursuit of ecological sustainability.
Ramigia Moya (pictured) is a 68-year-old widow and cocoa farmer whose daughter and son-in-law help on her farm. She now has a tap outside her home providing piped spring water for washing and other household chores.