Sourcing Fair Trade Cocoa
At Kanda Chocolates, we purchase Fair Trade Ghana Cocoa.
All of our chocolate is grown, processed, and packaged entirely in Ghana. Our cocoa beans are sourced from a single origin – Ghana.
Ghana cocoa is controlled by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD). CMC (Cocoa Marketing Company) of Ghana CMC regulates the market – trading. The COCOBOD also works with Licensed Buying Companies who are licensed to purchase directly from the farmers and sell to CMC. Processors buy from CMC. The quality and grading of cocoa beans is also carried out by the quality control arm of COCOCBOD – QCC. They assess the quality of beans before the LBCs buy at the farm-gate. They also check when beans are in CMC warehouses and work with processors to confirm bean quality before they are dispatched. A pre-inspection of beans occurs within the CMC warehouses and also truck by truck analysis when the beans arrive at the manufacturing facility.
Fair trade cocoa is an agricultural product harvested from a cocoa tree using a certified process which is followed by cocoa farmers, buyers, and chocolate manufacturers, and is designed to create sustainable incomes for farmers and their families.
Why purchase Fair Trade Cocoa?
- Ensure cocoa farmers are paid a fair wage.
- Eliminates the option for child labor.
- Associated with higher cocoa percentages that are disclosed.
- And overall, the sustainable practices are better for the environment.