As consumers across the U.S. prepare to enjoy the holiday season, The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announces something to make the season a little sweeter: consumers can now buy
chocolates made with 100 percent certified cocoa.
The rollout of certified
chocolates builds on The Hershey Company’s programs in West Africa to increase the income and livelihoods of the region’s two million cocoa farmers.
In January, Hershey announced it would make all of its popular
milk, dark and white chocolates from Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa. Certified cocoa is sourced from farms that have met comprehensive sustainability standards that strive to protect the environment and the safety and well-being of workers, their families and communities.
chocolates have always been about using distinct, high-quality ingredients to craft rich chocolate with an exceptional creaminess. Now consumers can enjoy the smooth taste of
chocolates and know that they are helping to protect the environment and supporting safe and healthy conditions for family cocoa farmers,” said Kristin Harper, Director for
® Brands. “We listened to consumers and responded by giving them an easy and delicious way to enjoy 100 percent certified chocolate.”
chocolates are available at more than 35,000 retail outlets across the United States. The certified products began rolling out this fall and continue to arrive at retailers across the country. Consumers can identify certified
products by the distinctive
Rainforest Alliance green frog seal
on the exterior bag packaging.
® brand chocolates are available in Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Meltaway, Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Crème de Menthe Meltaway.
Coordinating with ongoing industry and government sustainability initiatives, the Rainforest Alliance certification process utilizes independent inspectors to monitor and audit the labor and farming practices on farms supplying certified beans used to make Hershey products. Hershey and the Rainforest Alliance also collaborate to provide cocoa farmers with training to help them improve farming practices, increase farmer income, improve labor practices, increase school attendance, and address global climate change and adapt to its impacts.