INDIANAPOLIS – Effective January 2010, all Endangered Species Chocolate 1.4 ounce organic bars will contain cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa farms. These products will also be part of the Whole Foods Market Whole Trade Program. Endangered Species Chocolate plans to buy 100 percent of the cocoa for its entire supply from Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa farms by the second half of 2010.
As eco-savvy consumers look for ways to reduce the social and environmental footprints associated with their purchases, Rainforest Alliance certification provides third-party assurance that raw goods are produced in compliance with best sustainable farming practices. Whole Foods Market provides their customers an added layer of transparency for products produced or grown in developing countries with their Whole Trade Program. Endangered Species Chocolate is a chocolate maker, but with its vision to manifest the Earth as a place where species and humanity flourish, its chocolate is a vehicle for promoting environmental and social sustainability.
Endangered Species Chocolate is actively seeking to buy cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms for its entire product line, which includes all-natural chocolates in addition to certified organic chocolate products. To that end, farmers in Ivory Coast tending ESC-sourced all-natural cacao have participated in Rainforest Alliance trainings, and the Sustainable Agriculture Network, a consortium of local conservation NGOs that audits for Rainforest Alliance certification, has scheduled audits for these farming communities in first quarter 2010.
“Endangered Species Chocolate is proud to buy cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms,” says Wayne Zink, CEO. “This and the fact that our products that contain cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms are part of Whole Foods Market’s Whole Trade program lets the conscientious customer know we are serious about providing products produced in harmony with the planet.”
In addition to considering the environment through raw goods purchasing practices, Endangered Species Chocolate has initiated a company wide campaign to green its operations. Most recently, the company shifted its energy source to 100 percent renewable wind energy. Efficiency improvements to its HVAC and electrical systems in addition to a reduction in warehouse lighting will decrease energy consumption by 40 percent in 2009. The installation of an efficient Hobart flight style washing machine has reduced water consumption by 500 gallons per day, also reducing hot water heating needs. Material scrap has been reduced to less than 2 percent.
About Endangered Species Chocolate
Indianapolis-based Endangered Species Chocolate is fully committed to providing premium, all-natural ethically traded, naturally shade-grown, and kosher products, as well as products that are certified vegan and organic. To honor its core value – Reverence for Life – ESC confirms that all beans used in its products are purchased from family-owned properties where the income benefits the community. The company also donates 10-percent of net profits to help support species, habitat and humanity. The number one best selling brand of natural chocolate in the natural food category, ESC offers more than 30 products. For more information, please visit www.chocolatebar.com.