Soon, every private-label chocolate bar in every Aldi store in Germany will be made with only sustainable cocoa.
The Germany-based discount supermarket has committed to using 100 percent sustainably sourced cocoa for its private-label products in its German stores, according to a Reuters report. That’s up from the 90 percent the store had previously committed to.
Aldi Germany, a major importer of cocoa for its own brand, says it will commit to using certified sustainable cocoa in all own-brand confectionery, ice [ice cream], and cereals, along with any other products that contain a substantial amount of coca, by the end of this year, Reuters reports.
Aldi US says it’s also committed to increasing the number of certified cocoa products it offers.
“We are currently working to convert all cocoa used in our private-label chocolates, cookies and seasonal confectionary, as well as products with high amounts of cocoa, to certified sustainable sources by the end of 2020 using the following certification standards: Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified or Fair Trade,” Aldi US says in a statement.
All three certification standards work to improve the social and environmental factors behind various products.
The Rainforest Alliance seeks to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods by evaluating the sustainability efforts of companies involved. These include forestry, agriculture, and carbon emissions.
UTZ Certified involves strict requirements, including better farming methods, better working conditions, better care for the next generation involved, and better care for nature. It focuses on tea, cocoa, and coffee.
Fair Trade ensures an ethical and fair partnership between producers and consumers, including improving terms of trade and improving the lives of the producers involved. According to the Fairtrade Deutschland (Germany) website, Fairtrade products offer a powerful way to reduce poverty in everyday shopping.