How We Source

As the first organic and fair-trade chocolate factory in North America, our core value is that the finest chocolate in the world can (and should) be produced in a way that is entirely ethical and environmentally sustainable.

About Theo  

June 29, 2017

To create our products, ingredients have to come together from all over the world in just the right way.  The direct relationship with each supplier in the bean to bar process is vital and we practice ethical stewardship to ensure everyone benefits. All of our ingredients are carefully screened and 3rd party verified to ensure they meet our standards for social and environmental responsibility.

If you’ve ever had a Theo treat, we hope you’ll find that our love for creating delicious chocolate is evident in each bite. Using chocolate as a base, we are always experimenting to find delicious, unexpected flavors – as well as new takes on old classics. We’re committed to using only the finest quality ingredients that meet the same high standards as our cocoa. The map below provides supplier information and locations for some of our primary non-cocoa ingredients.

Of course, since Theo is a chocolate company, it all starts with the beans!

We’ve built Theo around the belief that cocoa is more than an ingredient. Our cocoa beans and the lives they touch are at the heart of our business. For this reason, we have direct trade relationships with all of our cocoa suppliers and visit regularly. We negotiate prices directly, provide training on good agricultural practices and offer meaningful quality incentive payments. With our model farmers know how much income to expect from their harvest, enabling them to make financial plans for the future and to invest in their families and communities.

Unlike many chocolate brands, we own and operate our own bean to bar chocolate factory, which means that we do not have to give up margin to any other manufacturing company – this allows Theo to pay high prices above market and control the quality of our product. We believe the most sustainable cocoa is cocoa that is profitable for the farmers to grow. We want to pay farmers enough money that they can invest in sending their children to school and on-farm investments. This type of change is long lasting and systemic.

For the past seven years, we’ve worked with the Norandino Cooperative in Peru and Esco-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for our cocoa supply.


 

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