Category Archives: Tea

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.

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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 http://www.treeshop.de. ForestFinest is an initiative of ForestFinance which invests in sustainable forestry.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 coffee@utzcertified.org, cocoa@utzcertified.org or tea@utzcertified.org.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

Traffic jams in the tea aisle with Meßmer’s certified herbal teas

German tea brand Meßmer (OTG) has achieved an ethical sourcing first – switching its whole range of 50 herbal and fruit teas to UEBT/UTZ certified. The relaunched teas are particularly special because they are the first fruit and herbal teas to carry the UTZ label, thanks to our partnership with UEBT, which promotes ethical sourcing of natural ingredients. To make the most of this achievement Meßmer ran a multi-channel campaign to get the good news out to business customers and consumers alike.

Meßmer brought the launch of its certified herbal teas to the attention of business customers through advertising in trade magazine Lebensmittel Zeitung, highlighting the launch as a first for Meßmer and the herbal tea industry. A second ad jokingly warned costumers of potential traffic jams in the tea aisle. Meßmer also reached out to 30,000 consumers directly through its newsletter, inviting them to complete a Facebook game and tea quiz, with the opportunity to win a new bicycle. The campaign was reflected in updated content on Meßmer’s main website.

The whole range of teas is now available to customers in Germany, with some varieties also on sale in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Mauritius, Canada, Latvia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Got a new product launch coming up and need some inspiration? We’ve got a whole toolkit of ideas to help so do get in touch via marketing@utzcertified.org!

Celebrating biodiversity – UTZ/UEBT herbal tea hits the shelves

UTZ Certified has launched a new program for herbal teas in collaboration with UEBT, the Union for Ethical Bio Trade. These herbal teas are based on and contribute to local biodiversity by valuing the variety of plants around the world and promoting sustainable collection and farming practices. The first certified teas, launched to coincide with International Biodiversity Day in May, are already on the shelves in Germany.

Read more in our recent press release.

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