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Organic and/or Fair trade chocolate in Japan&US
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June 6, 2005 - 10:18 pm
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Hi,
I'm working at a study about porganic and Fair Trade chocolate markets and search for information regarding manufacuterers in Japan and the US. Someone could help? Would be great!
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June 6, 2005 - 11:29 pm
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What kind of information exactly are you seeking?

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I'm looking especialy for Japan. Do you know companies producing orgnaic/FT chocos there? The main brands in the US are welknown but I do not know about the activities of Guittard or Scharffenberger in this area. Do you know something?

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Organic certification broadly implies that the cacao is grown without chemically synthetic additives. Actually, about 80% of all chocolate does meet organic certification, but since the manufacturers who produce it don't seek it as an advertisement ploy, their products are not labeled as "organic." However, quality of the cacao is another issue altogether.

Also, much of the high end chocolate (Cluizel, Amedei, Domori, et al) is usually fair trade due to the small scale production, plantations, etc. with which the companies work. But again, it is not labeled as such, but no guarantees are provided. The best way to assure this is to research the products yourself (i.e. learn more about the plantations, the companies themselves, etc.).

Dagoba is an American brand offering exclusively organic chocolate, and it's actually really good. Check out their site:

http://www.dagobachocolate.com

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Just to further clarify Montegrano's post, Dagoba's Conacado bar is specifically labelled as a Fair Trade Certified product of the Dominican Republic.

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As is Milagros, the 68% Peruvian bar.

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