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Cadbury drops Fairtrade

Cadbury Fairtrade Fudge Cadbury have announced that they are dropping the Fairtrade standard and from May 2017 none of their chocolate will be Fairtrade. Instead, Cadbury will promote their own scheme and their bars will carry the ‘Cocoa Life’ logo. Despite the bars not containing any Fairtrade chocolate,  Cadbury wants the Fairtrade logo on the back because the Fairtrade Foundation will initially be monitoring the new scheme. This is the first time the Fairtrade logo will appear on a bar of chocolate which is not Fairtrade. As such it runs counter to the messages adopted by schools and Church campaigners...

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The secret of cheap Easter Eggs

The secret of cheap Easter Eggs

IT CAN be a shock to discover the creamy taste of your favourite chocolate brand is derived from cold fast food fat or oil used in face cream– and not natural Cocoa butter. A YouGov poll conducted in March, 2016 asked the British public how acceptable it was to reduce the cost of manufacturing chocolate by adding Shea Butter (also used in body lotions and other cosmetics) or Palm Oil (also used in the manufacture of instant noodles and other food products). More than half felt it was unacceptable. It's not hard to find cheap Easter eggs, but they tend...

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Bishop of Manchester visits Ancoats

Bishop of Manchester visits Ancoats

The Meaningful Chocolate Company was delighted to welcome the Rt Rev’d Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester to its offices recently. By sheer coincidence, despite having previously never stepped foot in Ancoats, Bishop Nigel told us that his grandfather was actually born on Bengal Street… the very street our office is on. So, we couldn’t resist arranging a guided tour of the area for him; lead by our good friend, the multi-talented writer, broadcaster and guide Jonathan Schofield (www.jonathanschofieldtours.com) Jonathan gave us a fascinating insight into Ancoats’ rich and colourful history, unveiling hidden gems and almost forgotten secrets at the turn...

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Advent purple ‘belongs to Cadbury’ ?

cadbury purple

Advent purple ‘belongs to Cadbury’ ?

The Meaningful Chocolate Company has been forced to redesign its faith based range after it was advised that ‘Advent purple belongs to Cadbury’.Last year the Manchester-based Meaningful Chocolate Company designed chocolate tree decorations to help parents and grandparents share the Christmas story with children. The box they came in was advent purple with a picture of Mary and Jesus on the front. In the box was a copy of the Christmas story and a Nativity character sticker set, used to decorate five blank chocolate discs. However, the company has been advised, by its legal team, that Cadbury has secured the...

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Real demand for the Easter Egg

Supermarkets and independent retailers across the UK are being inundated with calls from customers searching for The real Easter Egg, the first and only Fairtrade egg to mention Jesus and the events of Holy Week on the box. Morrison’s, Waitrose, Co-op and Booths are stocking a limited ‘trial listing’ of the Real Easter Egg and selling it in their biggest stores. Traidcraft’s network of 6,500 retailers, a number of independent shops and a selection of cathedrals are also stocking The Real Easter Egg. Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ben Kingsley and host of Coronation Street stars have backed the egg and...

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