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Sustainable chocolate

Published

19th Oct, 2016

Details are an important aspect of sustainable catering. One example is the sustainably manufactured chocolate bar, which was recently added to the snacks assortment in World Business Class (WBC). KLM already served UTZ-certified Fairtrade chocolate in both WBC and Economy Class. An Amsterdam chocolate factory has now specially manufactured a miniature version of their popular “Gorilla Bar” for KLM.

The company that makes the Gorilla Bar is relatively young. Chocolatemakers in Amsterdam has only been around for five years now. KLM is in favour of supporting start-ups like this and strives to source as many local products as possible for its catering assortment. Chocolatemakers is a so-call “bean-to-bar” artisanal chocolate factory located in Amsterdam-Noord.

Enver Loke of Chocolatemakers is enthusiastic: “It’s been just five years since we started, so it’s a big thrill that KLM will now be serving our sustainable, quality chocolate on its flights. KLM is setting a good example in this way, and we hope more companies will follow.”

Mountain gorilla

But it’s more than just tasty chocolate. The production and sale of the Gorilla Bar serves a dual sustainability objective, because the chocolate is named after the last mountain gorillas in the world. The gorillas live in the Vinunga National Park in Eastern Congo and their habitat in endangered by human activity.
To protect the gorillas, cocoa has been planted along the edges of the reserve. These organic cocoa plantations provide the local population with income, reducing the risk of logging and poaching, which are a threat to the gorillas and their habitat. By eating this chocolate, people therefore contribute to the conservation of mountain gorillas and ensure a brighter future for local inhabitants.

A good, fair price
Chocolatemakers buys its organic cocoa directly from local farmers for a good, fair price. The chocolate bars have 100% recyclable wrappers, printed with organic ink. The wrapper was created in cooperation with the KLM design department.
At present, Chocolatemakers are working with farmers’ cooperatives in Peru, the Dominican Republic and Congo. Chocolatemakers organises workshops to show visitors how chocolate is made, but also how it can be manufactured sustainably.

For more information about the manufacturer, please visit  www.chocolatemakers.nl (dutch only)

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