Celebrate World Chocolate Day with Ethically Sourced Beyers DESIRES

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Happy World Chocolate Day! If you love confectionery, then this day was made for you. The nibbles. The flavours. The sweet treats you savour. But how do you know if your favourite chocolate was sourced in an ethical and sustainable way? We chat with Beyers Chocolates and find out how to read sugarcoated labels.  

Beyers DESIRESHere are 3 ways to ensure you’re eating chocolate that’s fair to farmers and good for the environment:

1. Read the packaging

When it comes to shopping for chocolate, you should absolutely read the packaging, and the website, while you’re at it. What are you looking for? Chocolate makers that are passionate about the entire supply chain – from good farming practices to healthy working conditions and environmental impact.

Enter Beyers Chocolates. This local, family-owned chocolate company believes in doing business responsibly. Its wide range of chocolates – including the new Beyers DESIRES – is luxuriously handmade using only the finest ingredients. Plus, its cocoa is ethically harvested with love, because Beyers Chocolates only works with companies that can ensure a 100% sustainable cocoa supply chain.

2. Curious? Ask the chocolatier

Now, you can’t just walk into big companies and demand to speak to the boss, but at Beyers, you can. The factory is situated in the heart of Kempton Park at 28 Derrick Road, Spartan, where master chocolatier Kees Beyers has just created a new range of fruity chocolate bites – Beyers DESIRES.

World Chocolate Day

“My dream has always been to create luxury chocolate that anyone can enjoy,” he says, and wipes his hands on his apron. “But without cocoa, there’s no chocolate. So, it’s important to know where our ingredients come from. We work with suppliers that invest in programmes to empower and support cocoa farmers, while also safeguarding the environment.”

Got a question for the master chocolatier? You could visit the factory or chat to him on social media.

3. When in doubt, keep it local

Kees may be Belgian, but Beyers Chocolates is a local brand through and through. The largest independent chocolate factory in South Africa, Beyers employs 350 full-time staff, as well as 600 seasonal employees for about 8 months of the year. 

Kees, who started the business over 30 years ago, is passionate about helping small enterprises, uplifting local communities and investing in South Africa’s future young chocolatiers. That’s why he is a patron of the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School and the HTA School of Culinary Art, and a proud supporter of the Amarula Trust.

To find out more about Beyers Chocolates and the good they do, visit their website and follow them on social media at the links below.

beyerschocolates.com | Facebook | Instagram

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