Chocolate Giants In New Bid To Save The Rainforests

Tony Juniper | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK
Tony Juniper

Perhaps as a result of these efforts the warm feelings engendered by the world's ultimate comfort food could be all the more pleasant, if companies can indeed successfully build forest protection and restoration into how they procure their most vital and amazing ingredient.

Tackling Exploitation In Cocoa Farming This Fairtrade Fortnight

Glenn Caton | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Glenn Caton

With as many as one in five shoppers never thinking about whether food had been produced in exploitative conditions, this year's Fairtrade Fortnight c...

When Is A Bargain Too Good To Be True?

Michael Gidney | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK
Michael Gidney

We depend on these people, and they depend on trade with us. They deserve a fair deal for their hard work. We mustn't allow exploitation, child labour or poverty pay to continue. We must demand greater transparency from companies.

$400Million Cocoa Investment Aims To Tackle Poverty And Empower Farmers

Michael Gidney | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Michael Gidney

Today the cocoa industry is worth billions, yet the bitter truth behind the sweet treat is that too many cocoa farmers are struggling to survive, trap...

All That Is Solid Melts in to Air: West African Cocoa in Crisis

Lucy James | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Lucy James

2015 has not been a good year for Africa's cocoa belt. Dry weather and a lack of pesticides in Ghana, and wet weather and a hike in export taxes for grinders in Ivory Coast are likely to result in a huge shortfall of beans and grindings available from the world's top cocoa producers.

Why You Should Eat Raw Cacao

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

If you've got a penchant for chocolate-y goodness, but don't want to load up on processed food or sugar then cacao might be just the ticket (especiall...

A Good Reason To Scoff Mars Bars, As If You Needed One

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In a move that we hope other confectioners will follow, Mars Bars in the UK and Ireland will be made with Fairtrade certified cocoa. The move, unve...

Could Chocolate Improve Your Memory?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If ever we needed a reason to up our hot chocolate intake this winter - or any other form of cocoa-filled food for that matter - then now we have it. ...

Chocolate: Looking Behind the Label

Dom Ramsey | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dom Ramsey

It's currently National Chocolate Week in the UK. Of course, for some of us every week is a chocolate week, but this particular time of year is when British chocolate companies of all sizes come together to show their wares and promote the industry.

Could This Help In The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A specific type of cocoa-extract may reduce damage to nerve pathways seen in Alzheimer's disease patients' brains long before they develop symptoms, a...

Amazonian Cocoa - How Chocolate Is Improving the Lives of Bolivia's Indigenous Communities

Emma Donlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Emma Donlan

This week is Chocolate Week (14th-20th October), when people across the UK celebrate everything to do with the sugary indulgence. Chocolate remains a household favourite in the UK today, with the average Brit eating approximately 8kg per year, and only five per cent of the population admitting to not enjoying the sweet treat within the past six months.

Hot Chocolate 'Keeps Brain Healthy'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Hot chocolate can help older people keep their brains healthy, research has shown. Two cups of cocoa a day boosted blood flow to the brain and impr...

Chocolate Could Lower Blood Pressure, Research Suggests

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Merely thinking of chocolate may set pulses racing, but research suggests it can actually lower blood pressure. Daily consumption of dark chocolate...

Could A Daily Dose Of Chocolate Ward Off Alzheimer's?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Drinking cocoa may benefit the brain in old age, a study suggests. The research, funded by the Mars confectionery company, tested the effects of da...

Farming Superheroes to the Rescue!

Marike de Peña | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK
Marike de Peña

Of course, it's not just bananas. In Sri Lanka, tea farmers at the Fairtrade SOFA cooperative work on soil conservation and protection, tree planting and reducing their carbon footprint. They use part of their Fairtrade Premium to encourage biodiversity by distributing seeds and plants to other farmers.