Consumers increasingly demand assurance from food manufacturers that their products have been produced in a responsible and sustainable manner. This is why interest in certification or labelling schemes has been growing.
Some of the certification schemes and labels available for cocoa and chocolate include:
- Fairtrade (FLO-Cert)
- Rainforest AllianceCertified™
- UTZ CERTIFIED Good Inside
- IMO Social and FairTrade (SFT)
With almost 20 years of experience in certified cocoa and chocolate, Barry Callebaut began with certification programs long before present-day interest appeared and is now a leading global supplier of certified products for the food industry. Because of its extensive presence in origin countries, Barry Callebaut sources and supplies more than 100 product references of certified chocolates and cocoa powder and has projects with all of the main certification programs. These programs include developments for Fairtrade, Organic / Fairtrade, UTZ certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ products. Barry Callebaut further offers “Fair for Life” certified products through its subsidiary Biolands.
While there is some similarity or overlap with respect to the requirements among the certification schemes listed here, each usually has a distinct area of emphasis and primary focus. What the schemes have in common is independent, third-party validation that certain conditions, as specified by the respective scheme, are being met in the growing, production and/or manufacturing of ingredients or products, including the segregation of the ingredients or products.
With the exception of Organic, all the above-named certification schemes address child labor issues and clearly state that the child labor-related requirements must be complied with in order to get the certification. However, 100% assurance cannot be guaranteed.