The Dominican Republic beans come from CONACADO, a large co-operative with a long-standing relationship with New Zealand's Trade Aid. This cacao is mainly the Trinitario variety as is common in the Dominican Republic. CONACADO has had a firm focus on improving the quality of the cacao produced by its farmers and has achieved this through agronomic training and centralising fermentation at the warehouses - as opposed to
out on the farm. Certified organic and Fairtrade.
The Ecuador beans come from a group called UNOCACE which is based in Guyaquil in Guayas province. The cacao comes from small farmers along the Guayas River, the home of the distinctly Ecuadorian 'Arriba Nacional' strain of cacao. Pure Nacional trees were considered to be extinct, having been all but wiped out by the Witches Broom Virus about a hundred years ago , but recent genetic studies have found a few remaining individuals. The trees grown by UNOCACE farmers are generally hybrids which have a high proportion of Nacional genetic material and retain some of the character of that legendary bean without it's susceptibility to disease.
Certified organic and Fairtrade.
The Peru beans come from Norandino, an association of small producers that contributes to improving the
quality of life of its members, local socio-economic development and participates in specialty markets with high quality and value-added products, preserving the environment, promoting the benefits of group behaviour and
gender equity. These Criollo beans are Certified organic and Fairtrade.
The Solomon Islands beans come from the Cathliro group who work directly with over two-hundred farming families from villages in Central Guadalcanal and Isabel, primarily working with women (70% of farmers are women). The farmers are paid cash upon weighing of the wet beans in the village. As a result, the farmers have a consistent regular income.There is a mixture of Trinitario and Amelonado varieties as is typical in the Pacific. The Solomons have strict anti child labour practices and the cacao is tested in NZ for herbicide and pesticide residue and results have consistently been nil. So by our definition is organic and fairly traded.
The Sugar and Milk Powder are also Certified Organic and Fairly Traded.