The North Yorkshire-based company said the approval will help it meet the growing ethical demands of the chocolate industry and consumers.
‘Rising demand for ethically produced chocolate’
Ian Webster, sales manager for Whitakers Chocolates, said: “We identified the rising demand for ethically produced chocolate some time ago and we have worked hard to meet the stringent requirements set.
“We can now provide a more extensive range for our multiple retailer customers specifically for their branded products as well as under the Whitakers brand. We’re also developing our export business and these accreditations will broaden our opportunities in international markets.”
Whitakers see the most potential for Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance products due to growing consumer awareness and understanding, a company spokesperson told ConfectioneryNews
Profile: Whitakers Chocolates
Whitakers Chocolates was founded in 1889 and today claims to be the UK’s largest distributor of personalized chocolates.
It produces chocolate neapolitans, truffles, creams, crisps and wafers for private label and under its own namesake brand.
The family firm employs 110 full time and 40 seasonal staff at its plant in Skipton, where it produces more than 10m chocolates a week.