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As the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, our founding principle is that the finest artisan chocolate in the world can (and should) be produced in an entirely ethical, sustainable fashion. All of our ingredients are carefully screened and 3rd party verified to ensure they meet our standards for social and environmental responsibility.
What is Organic?
We subscribe to the most stringent definition of organic. We only use foods grown without synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers, that do not contain genetically modified organisms, and have not been irradiated or exposed to industrial solvents or food additives. Every Theo ingredient has been verified as organic and we work with farmers and suppliers to ensure these standards are maintained.
Our work with farmer partners supports their ability to utilize sustainable growing practices that benefit both our fragile environmental ecosystem and all of the people inhabiting our planet. We focus on integrated pest management which protects farmers and the environment from damaging pesticides, biodiverse farming which provides habitat for many species such as migratory birds, and reforestation which helps offset worldwide air pollution and has a positive impact on global warming.
Learn more about QAI, our organic certifier here.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is an international system including certifications that guarantee producers have been paid a price that enables positive economic growth for the individual and the region. The social benefits of Fair Trade are far reaching. Farmers benefitting from the Fair Trade system are better able to provide their families with adequate nutrition, access to healthcare and education, ultimately opening up a world of opportunities. Fair Trade enables farmers to take their livelihoods to the next level in sophistication, blending the benefits of modern techniques with artisanal practices, while participating in greater social change through the Fair Trade organization.
Learn more about IMO, our Fair Trade certifier here.
What is Non-GMO?
Non-GMO means that a food is free from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms are experimental plants or animals that have been genetically engineered in a laboratory with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. GMOs have not been proven safe. The long term consequences of GMO's on our health and environment have not been adequately investigated. Currently the United States and Canada do not require labeling of genetically engineered foods. In 40 countries including Australia, Japan and all EU nations there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs because they are not considered proven safe. At Theo we believe consumers have the right to know what is in their food and have made a commitment to non-GMO certification of our products.
Where do our beans come from?
We work with our farmer groups and grower cooperatives throughout the world, to help their businesses grow and succeed. In the field we provide technical assistance and share our knowledge around great chocolate making and the cocoa industry. Our beans come primarily from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Ecuador. We are always looking for new interesting beans and cocoa partners that share our commitments to quality, environmental sustainability, and ethical business practices.
To learn about our sourcing and our cocoa bean pricing specifications, click here