Category Archives: Cocoa

IKEA, ForestFinest, Woolworths, Pingo Doce, La Vieja Fabrica, Christmas

With the festive season well underway we have some great new product launches to tell you about. Lots of chocolate of course (well it is nearly Christmas!) and many other exciting products too.

We’d love to hear about your next product launch so do get in touch and tell us about it.

IKEA ice tea  – global

IKEA’s brand new organic ice tea, comes with the fresh taste of birch and pine. The tea comes from UTZ certified estates and the exciting new drinks are now available in IKEA restaurants, Bistro and Swedish Food Markets.

Ikea icetea

ForestFinest  – Germany

The ForestFinest chocolate range was re-launched in October, with 100% UTZ certified ForestFinance cocoa from Bocas del Toro in Panama. The chocolate bars come in nine varieties, from green tea to chili and lemon. The chocolates can be purchased from ForestFinest is an initiative of ForestFinance which invests in sustainable forestry.

Forest Finest

Woolworths Tin Roof ice cream – South Africa

It’s the start of summer in South Africa! What better way to get in the mood than with a scoop of the country’s first UTZ labeled ice cream, vanilla and chocolate flavored, now on sale at Woolworths


Pingo Doce chocolate covered strawberries  – Portugal

We’re excited that Pingo Doce, one of Portugal’s largest supermarket chains with over 350 stores, has launched its first cocoa products carrying the UTZ label. Customers can now enjoy its private label strawberries covered in Belgian white and milk chocolate – we hear they’re delicious!


La Vieja Fabrica hazelnut spread – Spain 

La Vieja Fabrica brand is known for its jams, preserves and spreads. Now customers can enjoy its first UTZ labeled products – a range of hazelnut spreads for which UTZ certified cocoa was sourced. The spreads come in three flavors: Original, Milk and Cookie. They also contain only RSPO certified palm oil and are available in supermarkets throughout Spain.


Christmas products – various countries

Consumers around the world can have a delicious and more sustainable Christmas this year thanks to all the great tasting UTZ labeled Christmas products now on sale. From South Africa and Australia to the Baltics, Russia, France and UK, it looks set to be the tastiest Christmas yet!


Great taste, strong ethics at Plamil

Plamil Foods UK puts the quality and purity of ingredients at the heart of its business. It is known for its dairy free, vegan and sugar free chocolate products which it manufactures on site and sells to consumers and wholesale customers. Its factory is powered by 100% renewable energy and it has been offering customers organic and fair trade chocolate products for many years. Now it is working with UTZ to extend its sustainable cocoa sourcing. We caught up with Julian Lucas, Sales & Marketing Manager at Plamil to find out more about their plans.

Why is sustainable sourcing important to Plamil?
At Plamil we are committed to developing good and long-term working relationships with our suppliers and the ethos that we will treat suppliers as we would wish to be treated ourselves. We operate purchasing controls and audit our suppliers. Such information is a key element in assessing the claims that we can make regarding our ingredients and products. Major ingredients such as cocoa are carefully chosen for high production standards. It is for this reason we purchase UTZ certified cocoa.”

What is Plamil doing about climate change?
We are mindful of our obligations to the environment and to the impact that our business may have upon it. We act to monitor, manage and continually improve our environmental performance as well as maintaining a commitment to produce only Vegan products; such products have a low environmental impact. They observe all relevant rules, regulations and other environmental requirements to which our operations are liable.”

Have you seen a change in customer expectations in relation to sustainability since your business began?
In the early days of Plamil, more than half a century ago, the customers were almost all vegan with great expectations that the products were made to the highest standards. And later as all Plamil chocolate is not only dairy free but also gluten and nut free, there are many customers looking for ethically produced Free From products so that they can enjoy chocolate in spite of their allergies. The products are now becoming mainstream with everyone realising the great taste of the chocolate.”

Are there any product launches you’d like to tell us about?
None of that, lots of thisPlamil have recently launched an innovative Free From chocolate bar. Lots of This None of That is a scrumptious dairy free rice milk chocolate bar that amazingly has reduced sugar and is gluten and nut free. This revolutionary new bar is the future for dairy free chocolate. By buying these bars, our customers can both enjoy a tasty product and feel happy that they are contributing to a better life for cocoa farmers and their families.”

Plamil is just one example of a company that takes its environmental responsibility seriously, both in terms of minimising impact on the environment and sustainable sourcing. With a growing focus on climate change in the media ahead of the COP21 this December, the UK’s Carbon Trust recently published a report showing that four out of five companies now believe that a changing climate and resource scarcity are likely to impact their bottom line. Read more from the report here.

Albert, Biedronka’s Kruszynki, Witor’s, Mini Kanjers, Nesquick, Martello

Watch out for these great products new in store this month – all sustainably sourced. Have you got a product launch coming up? We’d love to feature it, so let us know at, or

Albert supermarkets – Czech Republic

More and more customers in the Czech Republic can make a sustainable choice when buying their tea, coffee and cocoa products, thanks to Albert supermarkets and hypermarkets’ work on sustainable sourcing. With coffee, cocoa and tea products now carrying the UTZ label there really is something for everyone!

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Biedronka’s Kruszynki – Poland

Biedronka supermarkets, part of the Jeronimo Martins group, are now sourcing UTZ cocoa for their tasty chocolate chip cookies.


Cuor di Mousse – Italy

Witor’s, the Italian chocolate company, is now buying UTZ cocoa for its range of Cuor di Mousse pralines. The chocolates with their soft centers and crunchy chocolate shells come in a range of flavors including dark and milk chocolate, orange and yoghurt. The products will be on sale from October in the main Italian supermarkets.

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Mini Kanjers– Netherlands

Mini Kanjers, a range of cookies with chocolate and caramel fillings covered in milk, dark or white Belgian chocolate are perfect to serve with coffee and share with friends. Now the products all carry the UTZ label, thanks to Kanjers’ sustainable sourcing.

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Nesquik (Nestlé) – Germany

Fans of Nesquick will be pleased to know that Nestlé Germany is now sourcing UTZ cocoa for its well-known instant chocolate milk drink. Four varieties in Germany now carry the UTZ label – the 250g box, 500g bag, 900g box and the 500g low sugar variety.



Martello (Superespresso) – Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia


Martello has switched two of its high quality pure origin coffee products to UTZ. Its Brazilian variety uses 100% Arabica, grown in the hills between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to make a full bodied espresso, while its Indonesian variety uses 100% Robusta beans providing a pleasant herbal taste with low acidity.

What’s coming up

World Chocolate Forum: 1 October
London, UK
This international chocolate conference in London is a chance to meet and exchange ideas with others in the industry. Britta Wyss Bisang, UTZ Certified’s Standards Director will be presenting at 11 am on the challenge of child labor in the cocoa supply chain.

Sustainable Brands, new metrics: 6 – 8 October
Boston, USA
This event by Sustainable Brands is exploring how to create and value positive environmental and social impact as well as quantifying sustainability-related costs and risks. We’ll be attending and would love to meet up. Let us know if you’re coming.

You can read more about the event here.

ANUGA fair: 10 – 14 October
Cologne, Germany
We’ll be attending this trade fair for the food industry where a number of UTZ partners will be speakers and panelists exploring issues around consumers and product sustainability. Want to meet up during the fair? Let us know.

Salon du Chocolat: 28 October – 1 November
Paris, France
We hope to see you at this year’s Salon du Chocolat trade event. Sikiri Diakité, UTZ’s representative from Côte d’Ivoire, will present: “Too hot for chocolate? Climate change and cocoa production” on Thursday 29 Octobre at 11am.

Webinar: “Mass Balance: dispelling the myth”

Most UTZ cocoa is purchased using the mass balance concept – meaning enough UTZ certified cocoa is bought for each UTZ labeled product. We know that this concept often is perceived to be misleading and difficult to explain to your sales force and other stakeholders. We want to help you dispel those myths and show you that it is a credible and viable way to stimulate more demand for sustainable cocoa. Register here for our webinar.

Check out our mass balance communication tools.


From store to farm – traceability in action at IKEA

As a company with a strong ambition towards a better future, IKEA has integrated sustainability into every aspect of its business, sourcing many of its raw materials from certified farms. All of its coffee is UTZ certified and the company is committed to sourcing 100% UTZ certified cocoa in the IKEA chocolate range by 2015 and will be adding tea. IKEA engages consumers with its sustainability efforts by clearly communicating its choice for sustainable sourcing.

UTZ caught up with Anders Lennartsson, Sustainability Manager for IKEA Food Services, to talk about why traceability matters and how being transparent has had a positive effect on business.

IKEA, like UTZ, has a strong ambition towards a better future. Can you tell us a bit about why you decided to embark on that journey, and how it’s going?

“IKEA has, for a long time, been committed to creating positive impact for people and planet. Based on our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many, we think sustainable and healthy food should not be a luxury but affordable for the many. We have already taken many good steps in that direction but have now decided to substantially increase our efforts in the years to come.”

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How is UTZ helping IKEA to achieve its sustainability goals?

“Already in 2008 IKEA decided to only serve coffee that is responsibly produced and UTZ certified coffee was chosen. Since then we have also added UTZ certified cocoa in our chocolate bars and currently we are working towards UTZ certified tea.

UTZ certified helps us offer affordable coffee and chocolate which have been responsibly produced with care for people and the environment. Besides, the UTZ traceability system gives us and our customers added value.”

Both the coffee served and sold at IKEA anLanding page 1d the cocoa in your chocolate bars is traceable. Why is that important to you?

“Consumers have an interest in knowing how and where the products have been produced. The IKEA/UTZ online tracer for coffee and chocolates provides information on where and who have grown the coffee or cocoa beans in the specific product the customer has purchased. We think it is important to be able to provide this information.”

IKEA has invested a lot of time in employee and consumer communication about your choice for sustainable sourcing. Being transparent about what you are doing must have a positive effect on the company. Can you provide some insight into how that’s been for you?

“Being transparent about progress as well as challenges is important to us. Besides our customers, co-workers and other stakeholders expect companies like IKEA to be open with what we are doing. We are well aware of that many things remain to be done and being open about it creates understanding.”

To learn more about IKEA’s sustainability journey, click here.

A feel good Easter at Nestlé

Easter tasted extra good at Nestlé US this year, with the company purchasing enough UTZ cocoa for its entire Easter chocolate range – a first for a major US manufacturer. Nestlé got its sustainable sourcing message out to consumers and employees in the run up to the Easter period with a campaign combining press, social media and internal communications.

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan commits Nestlé to globally source 170,000 tons of sustainable cocoa by 2017. With Nestlé’s research showing that 80% of consumers prefer to purchase chocolate products made from sustainable cocoa (Golin and uSamp, 2014) – this is good news for customers and cocoa farmers alike.

Its Easter collection, which included a range of products based on the Charles Shulz Peanuts characters of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang, was launched with a press event. This included a briefing for journalists on the new products and Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan commitment. Representatives from UTZ also attended to explain the benefits of certification for cocoa farmers.

Nestlé_infographicNestlé provided journalists with an infographic that brings to life the sustainability challenges for the cocoa industry and shows how it is tackling those through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. As a result of the launch the Easter range and campaign story was picked up by media outlets including CNBC, Yahoo! Finance and by Sustainable Brands. You can download the infographic here.

To reach out directly to consumers, Nestlé posted recipes and sent Easter samples to some of America’s leading food bloggers, all featuring information about the Nestlé Cocoa Plan commitment. Its Easter range and recipes were featured on a wide selection of blogs including The Daily Meal, reaching over 1 million unique monthly viewers.


Internally, an employee engagement campaign alerted Nestlé colleagues to the new range and its sustainability credentials. This included a competition enabling employees to win a basket of Easter goodies to take home.

“Even better news, and new this year, families can feel better about the chocolate they’re choosing. Nestlé Confections & Snacks has announced the purchase of certified, sustainestle-crunch-peanut-butter-nesteggs-10oz-500x500-e1427410259680nable cocoa equal to the amount needed to produce the entire Easter chocolate collection for 2015. This is important considering that, in a recent survey, nearly 80% of consumers said that they would prefer to purchase chocolate products made with sustainable cocoa if they were easy to find and didn’t cost more.” Extract from Mommy’s Memorandum blog

Need inspiration for your next campaign? We have some great examples, ideas and marketing tools for communicating your sustainability story in our Media Center and marketing toolkit.