Nestlé set to be first to source 100% sustainable cocoa

Nestlé UK & Ireland has announced it is on target to achieve 100% cocoa from sustainable sources by the end of 2015, becoming the first major confectionery company in the UK and Ireland to achieve this.

By working with UTZ Certified and Fairtrade Foundation, more than 60 per cent of cocoa purchased by Nestlé UK & Ireland already comes from certified farms working with the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

This year alone, certified cocoa will be sourced for brands such as Quality Street, Toffee Crisp, Munchies, Blue Riband and Breakaway. In 2013, it bought certified cocoa for Smarties, Yorkie and Aero. Kit Kat four and two finger versions became certified in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Andrew McIver, confectionery managing director, Nestlé UK & Ireland, comments, “Nestlé UK & Ireland is set to be the first to reach this landmark goal, making a real difference to farmers and their communities. For Quality Street, Nestlé has started purchasing certified cocoa and these products will be on the shelves in time for Christmas this year. This means we are on track to reach 100% by the end of 2015.”

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