Tony’s chocolate bars are well known for their mission to make delicious ethical chocolate mainstream. For many years they have been paying farmers a fair price for cocoa, and fighting for change in the chocolate industry. If Tony’s wanted an easy ride they could source their cocoa in Columbia for example. Instead, they choose to work with West African farmers, and are constantly improving the chain in creating delicious products.
Things aren’t being shared evenly in the chocolate supply chain. The chain starts with millions of farmers who produce cocoa and ends with the billions of consumers who enjoy chocolate. But what about the bit in the middle? This section is dominated by a handful of chocolate giants that profit from keeping the price of cocoa as low as possible. As a result, farmers are forced to live in poverty. And that leads to illegal child labour and modern slavery.
Tony’s have 5 Sourcing Principles towards slave free chocolate. They hope to raise awareness, lead by example, and inspire the other global chocolate brands to act.
Work with Callebaut:
In 2020 it was widely reported that Tony’s use some of the Callebaut infrastructure in West Africa to produce their chocolate. Callebeaut are Fair Trade certified for many of their produces but do not pay the same prices for African cocoa like Tony’s. It’s important to note two things on this matter:
Tony’s process their cocoa separately from Callebaut and it is still 100% traceable.
Tony’s have worked with Callebaut in order to be able to scale their company, showing that ethical chocolate can be produced on a mainstream capacity.
We stock Tony’s chocolate bars in a wide range of flavours. All are palm oil free, and some are vegan. Many of the flavours we have are only available to small retailers like ourselves.