Tesco moves to Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa for own brand chocolate

Tesco has announced that the cocoa sourced for its own brand chocolate, including its Easter Eggs, now comes from sustainably managed farms and is sourced as Rainforest Alliance Certified.

The Rainforest Alliance is committed to supporting cocoa-growing communities, helping increase farmer income, safeguarding soils and conserving wildlife.

All the supermarket’s products for which Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa is sourced will now carry the Rainforest Alliance cocoa sourcing label.

The partnership and certification comes as recent research reveals that demand for sustainable food is high, with nearly 80% of shoppers wanting supermarkets to do more to offer food that is sourced in a responsible, sustainable way.**

Tesco began the transition to Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa in 2016 and now purchases responsibly produced cocoa for all Tesco UK chocolate products, such as biscuits, cakes, desserts and cereals.

The move is part of Tesco’s commitment to ensure more of its products are sourced sustainably. In November 2018 Tesco and WWF announced a ground-breaking, long-term partnership with an aim of reducing the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket by 50%.

Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director at Tesco, said, “For many of our customers Easter is a time to enjoy some chocolate and we want them to be reassured that our cocoa is sourced responsibly, and we treat our farmers and growers well.

'Our collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance will help us support farmers to improve their livelihoods and protect the environment, while also offering our customers quality, sustainable and affordable products.

'This is just one of a number of initiatives that illustrate what we are doing to address the environmental and sustainability challenges facing our shoppers, colleagues, suppliers, and communities.”

Alex Morgan, Chief Markets Officer at the Rainforest Alliance, said, “Tesco has been a strong partner for the Rainforest Alliance in cocoa and other commodities for many years.

“Through sourcing commitments, programmes like the Little Helps Plan, and outreach to consumers, Tesco is helping drive awareness and impact of sustainable sourcing in very meaningful ways.”

Emma Keller, Head of Food Commodities at WWF UK, said, “Certification schemes, such as Rainforest Alliance, are a great tool for people to use when looking for products that meet a certain level of social, economic and environmental standards. It’s great to see 100% of Tesco’s own brand Easter eggs are now carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.

'As part of our partnership with Tesco, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket by half, we will be looking at rolling out similar success across different products with additional certification schemes, including 100% MSC certification on Tesco’s global own brand seafood.”