Nestlé Ireland has reached its target to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa for use in its chocolate confectionery and biscuits, which is says makes it the first major confectionery company in Ireland to do so.
From January 1st, 2016, Nestlé’s entire range of chocolates and biscuits sold in Ireland, including KitKat, After Eight, and Smarties, will be made using certified sustainable cocoa sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
Managing Director for Confectionery at Nestlé UK & Ireland, Andrew McIver commented, “In achieving this landmark milestone, we are demonstrating our long-term commitment to making a real difference to cocoa farmers and their communities.
“Consumers in Ireland can enjoy their favourite products with the confidence that they are made with cocoa that comes from 100 per cent certified sustainable sources.”
Nestlé works with UTZ Certified, a programme designed to improve producer’s lives while offering an efficient sustainability scheme to the industry, and the Fairtrade Foundation for independent certification that the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions.
Michael Gidney, Chief Executive Officer, The Fairtrade Foundation commented, “The Fairtrade Foundation is pleased to be working in partnership with Nestlé to achieve 100% sustainable sourcing commitment in cocoa, through certification of their two and four-finger KitKat products.”
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