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Greggs switches to Fairtrade chocolate

2 years ago
3 min read

We’re proud to announce that we are furthering our commitment to sourcing sustainably and having a robust Responsible Sourcing Strategy in place by 2025, by committing to switch to 100% Fairtrade chocolate in all Greggs-made products.

Since 2005, we've sourced all coffee beans, for our coffee products, and fruit entirely from Fairtrade accredited suppliers, and over the years we’ve added apple juice, orange juice, sugar sticks, sugar syrup, hot chocolate, black tea, mint tea and green tea to our Fairtrade commitments.

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Today, we're furthering our commitment and will source 100% of the chocolate used in our products and across the supply chain from Fairtrade accredited suppliers. This will include our tasty Milk Chocolate Cookies, Caramel Shortbread and Chocolate Brownies.

Fairtrade works with more than 1.7 million farmers and workers in 1,707 producer organisations to make trade fair, setting social, economic and environmental standards for companies and farmers across all stages of the supply chain.

Fairtrade cocoa is an important conversion for cocoa farmers and serves a number of key benefits including:

  • Improved household income – As part of Fairtrade, farmers are guaranteed a minimum price for their crop and receive the Fairtrade Premium providing them an additional amount of money to spend on a benefit of their choice, from healthcare and electrical supply to bicycle ambulances and clean water.

  • Support to tackle climate change & care for the environment – Fairtrade helps farmers to adapt to climate change through technical advice from experts on the ground and environmentally friendly Fairtrade Standards. This allows farmers to commit to taking steps towards reducing greenhouse gases, avoiding deforestation, tackling soil erosion and reducing water wastage.

  • Women’s empowerment– Fairtrade standards call for equal opportunities for women to participate, investments in women-focused projects, and programmes that train them to be leaders and entrepreneurs.

Find out more about Fairtrade here.

Our commitment to sourcing 100% of our chocolate entirely from Fairtrade accredited suppliers forms part of our sustainability plan, the ‘Greggs Pledge’, supporting its commitment to sourcing sustainably and having a robust Responsible Sourcing Strategy in place by 2025.

The Greggs Pledge, launched in February 2021, sets out our ten commitments to help make the world a better place by 2025. These commitments are aligned with the ambitions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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