Tesco to get all cocoa from certified rainforest sourcesStaff Writer | July 18, 2016
British supermarket chain Tesco said that all the cocoa required for its own-label chocolate products in the UK will be from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by the end of 2018.
Sustainability Collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance
The news follows a series of measures by Tesco designed to help build trusted and transparent partnerships with its suppliers and ensure more of its products are sourced sustainably.
Steps include guaranteed high-value contracts for British potato growers, sustainable farming programmes for lamb farmers and producers of cheese, a Fair For Farmers Guarantee for fresh milk, and an extension of its partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council, resulting in the retailer offering 80 MSC-certified products to customers.
Tesco's collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and other sustainability programmes will support cocoa-growing communities, help increase farmer income, safeguard soils and conserve wildlife.
Customers will be able to recognise Rainforest Alliance Certified products by the inclusion of its frog seal on packaging. ■