Nestlé switches to traceable cocoa ingredients for all UK chocolate production

Nestlé is now using traceable cocoa mass across its popular chocolate brands made in the UK, including KitKat, Quality Street, Aero, After Eight, Yorkie, Rolo and Munchies.

The cocoa used is guaranteed to have been sourced from cocoa-farming families that are part of the FMCG giant’s Income Accelerator Programme which was created in 2022 to help close the living income gap of cocoa-farming families and reduce child labour risk.

It incentivises and supports the families to enrol their children in school, implement good agricultural practices, engage in agroforestry activities, and diversify their incomes.

After a successful test with 10,000 cocoa farming families, 2024 marks the first year of a ‘scale up phase’, with 30,000 families now enrolled in the programme across Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

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By 2030, the programme aims to reach an estimated 160,000 cocoa-farming families in Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain to create impact at scale.

Nestlé has collaborated with a number of expert partners and suppliers to transform its global cocoa sourcing and achieve full traceability and physical segregation of the cocoa sourced from the programme, which means it is able to track the entire journey of cocoa beans from groups of farms to factory, while keeping them physically separated from other cocoa sources.

At the company’s York site, 12,000 tonnes of cocoa ingredients are used every year to produce chocolate for a range of its UK-based confectionery brands.

Following the change, KitKat will begin to feature on-pack information where consumers can scan a QR code to learn more about how the programme works to benefit the livelihoods of cocoa farming families and their communities.

Throughout 2024, Nestlé plans to use segregated cocoa butter for all of its KitKat chocolate in 29 countries in Europe, with plans to expand to other regions in the coming years.

Nestlé managing director for confectionery UK and Ireland Mark Davies said: “Announcing that all of our UK chocolate is now produced using cocoa ingredients sourced through the Income Accelerator Programme is a very significant milestone for Nestlé.

“Sourcing cocoa with this level of traceability, at the scale that Nestlé operates, is no mean feat. It has taken a lot of hard work by many people, but we know that there is still more to be done. We will continue to push to make a positive impact on the lives of farmers and their communities and contribute to a more sustainable cocoa industry.”



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