MingS, Albert Heijn, Sperlari, Peterbrooke, LIDL, Christmas

Our partners have launched some exciting new products this month, including a great new coffee range from MingS enabling consumers in China to enjoy UTZ coffee for the first time. Other launches include new single origin coffees at LIDL stores in many countries and a tasty iced tea range from Dutch retailer Albert Heijn. And look out for Christmas products carrying the UTZ label – from chocolate Santas and Christmas trees to a Christmas coffee we’re sure that more and more people will be enjoying UTZ at Christmas this year.

MingS Espresso – China

Packshot-MingsChinese consumers can now enjoy UTZ coffee! The MingS brand, produced by roaster Weiming launched one of the first UTZ certified coffee in China this quarter, with products such as MingS Espresso now on sale in retailers like IKEA China stores. Enjoy!

Albert Heijn ice tea – The Netherlands

Albert-Heijn-ice-tea_UTZConsumers in the Netherlands who aren’t yet ready to say goodbye to summer can choose a refreshing ice tea from Dutch retailer Albert Heijn. The new UTZ labeled products are available in a range of flavors and sizes, including light versions. All Albert Heijn private label teas are also UTZ certified.

Sperlari chocolate products – Italy

Packshot Cloettta_ Sperlari_ItalyItalian chocolate company Sperlari, founded in 1836, is known for the quality of its confectionery. Now it has joined UTZ to make sure its products don’t just taste great, they are better for farmers and the environment too.

By the end of 2014 Spelari, which is part of the Cloetta group, will source all its cocoa from UTZ Certified sources and its seasonal products will carry the UTZ logo, taking the sustainable farming message to consumers. It joins other Cloetta companies who have already made the change in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

“Joining UTZ will benefit Sperlari through better quality cocoa and it will enable consumers and retailers to know that by choosing Sperlari they are supporting a better life for African cocoa farmers, says Giorgio Boggero, CEO of Cloetta Italy. “Thanks to the UTZ Certified program, farmers will be given the opportunity to develop their business, to improve productivity and working conditions and to take better care of the environment and their families.”

LIDL single origin coffee – Various countries

Packshot Melitta_Lidl_002Three new single origin coffees are available at LIDL stores in Poland, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Romania. They are sourced from UTZ farms in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. The launch was accompanied by great in-store communications.

LIDL chocolate products – Spain

Packshot LIDL SpainMore news about LIDL! The stores in Spain launched their first UTZ labeled products. Consumers can now enjoy a new range of chocolate products when they shop at LIDL including some launched just in time for Christmas. Have your pick!

Peterbrooke chocolate products – United States

Packshot Peterbrooke Popcorn Milk 54ozSpecialty chocolate company Peterbrooke is one of the latest companies to join UTZ. With stores throughout the Southeast United States and a range of delicious chocolate products, Peterbrooke is known as the ‘Neighborhood Chocolatier’. By joining UTZ it wants to play its part in making the production of cocoa truly sustainable. One of the first products to source UTZ cocoa for will be Peterbrooke’s famous chocolate-coated popcorn.

Peterbrooke announced its new partnership with UTZ to its customers and via its Facebook page. Billy Morris, CEO of Peterbrooke, said “As part of our Peterbrooke Promise, we are committed to sustainable sourcing and proud to be UTZ certified. After evaluating the significant impact that the UTZ Certified program has to offer, it was an easy decision to move forward with the program. Together with UTZ we support good, viable agricultural practices that enable farmers, their families, and their environment to thrive.”

Sainsbury’s chocolate bar – UK


UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has extended its range of UTZ labeled products with the launch of its new 100g Belgian milk chocolate bar. Customers can feel even better when the buy the product as all profits are going to verterans charity, the Royal British Legion. Also watch the advert everyone’s talking about in the UK, showing the famous Christmas truce between British and German soldiers during WWI.

Enjoy an UTZ Christmas


A range of fantastic UTZ labeled Christmas products will be enjoyed around the world this festive season. From chocolate snowballs, Santas and Christmas trees to specialty Christmas coffees consumers in countries such as the Netherlands, UK, Poland, Germany, Spain, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Australia will be making UTZ part of their holiday celebrations.

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