- About Theo
- Factory and Tours
- All Things Chocolate
Everyone at Theo is as passionate about chocolate as our founders. And all of us are just as committed to the values of the company. It’s what brought us together and it’s what makes our jobs (and our chocolate) so great. It takes every one of us to fulfill Theo’s mission and to create chocolate we are proud enough to put our name on.
Theo produces premium organic and Fair Trade specialty chocolate. Our founder, Joseph Whinney, pioneered the supply of organic cocoa beans into the United States in 1994. Joe always dreamt of building the first organic chocolate factory in the US, as prior to Theo’s inaugural chocolate run in March of 2006, all organic chocolate was manufactured in Europe and imported into the US market. As the first and only organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, all of our ingredients are carefully screened to ensure they meet our standards for social and environmental responsibility. Theo’s standards and practices include: Using only pure ingredients that are grown sustainably.
We source our ingredients locally whenever possible. Partnering with our growers by ensuring they earn a living wage and have access to education for their families. Honoring and respecting our employees and suppliers. This is possible due to the unique fact that we control every step of our own manufacturing process. Using green energy sources to power our factory. Using sustainable packaging and printing methods. Educating about social and environmental accountability 7 days a week through public tours of our artisan factory.
PLACE: The meaning of Origin The heart of Theo resides in the cocoa growing regions of the world, which we lovingly refer to as “origin.” We buy our cacao direct from farmers and grower cooperatives. Building long –term business partnerships benefits farmers financially and technologically as we work together to perfect the art of growing quality cocoa beans. Economic stability keeps children in school, improves nutrition, and allows farmers to invest in equipment and land.