Communications Director at Divine Chocolate, brand guardian, wordsmith, and tweeter at @basista (favourite Divine flavour currently 38% Milk with Toffee & Sea Salt).

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Divine Chocolate will be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (26th February - 11th March)
James and Anane arrived from Ghana early in the morning on Sunday - the first time they'd left Ghana - and their first flight!
Jeanette and Doug James, the engine at the heart of Kingston's energetic Fairtrade movement, organised a brilliant programme for cocoa farmers in collaboration with two local schools and Kingston University.
On Thursday James and Anane headed off out of London on a fast train to Bath Spa. We were off to spend the day in Keynsham - a Fairtrade town between Bath and Bristol.
At the end of the tour we all got together at Divine so that the rest of the office could meet the farmers - hear their stories and what they had made of their tour round UK.
I was one of the speakers at the SEL Stepping it up Marketing conference this week. It was a great opportunity to hear some inspiring entrepreneurs talking about their businesses, and sharing their learning.
... but its even better when it is made with Fairtrade ingredients!
Katie finds Dubble at Aviemore!
Divine Chocolate was invited to take on the hot seat at The Guardian's Ethical Living blog the week before last.
Sophi and I went along to the Observer Ethical Awards last night - a glam event up on the Rooftop Gardens in Kensington.
We'd walk 500 miles for Divine - but fortunately we can get it in our local shop. Happy Birthday and keep up the good work"
Isn’t it funny how having a piece of chocolate can put a smile on your face – but wouldn’t it taste all the sweeter knowing that the people who made it were smiling too?
Chocolate is the ultimate feelgood treat – I’m unable to resist a lovely square of chocolate every now and then!
Are there any other mainstream brands in UK that have African farmers as their largest shareholder?
It has been interesting working with cocoa farmers - seeing the world through their eyes you can learn a thing or two.
We're rather delighted with our new Divine taxi - the most stylish transport to be seen in around town!!
There’s nothing like snuggling up with a good book and a bar of chocolate...
We were recently approached by two people independently wanting to use the slot they'd been given on Anthony Gormley's Trafalgar Square plinth project to promote fair trade, and use Divine to make the point.
I traveled to Ghana last week for meetings with Kuapa Kokoo...
Divine supported the first night of Christmas panto 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at the Lyric Hammersmith - and Sophi and I went along with our families to watch the show.
It’s global business as usual – just as inequitable as it’s always been – with money-making and decision-making in the hands of the very very few.
Flying into a country you've never been to before in the evening is a bit disconcerting. Arriving in Sierra Leone is particularly disorienting.
The day after arriving in Freetown we drive for five hours to Kenema in the Eastern Province. Kenema is the third largest city in Sierra Leone with a population of around 165,000.
This week I'm mostly here in the office while Divine people travel far and wide across the UK accompanying Comfort Kumeah and Kojo Aduhene-Tano, the Kuapa Kokoo farmers over from Ghana for Fairtrade Fortnight.
A very early start on Friday - heading up to Hampstead to visit University College School - for a special reason.
Celebrity grocer, chef and co-presenter of BBC's MasterChef, Gregg Wallace is loving Divine!
The simply gorgeous Beverley Knight stood up at the podium at the recent SHE Inspiring Women Awards - and proclaimed her love for Divine.
Sophi and I went along to the Observer Ethical Awards last night at the V&A - not up for an award this time but there to help celebrate world-improving innovation and excellence.
No other organisation has done more or gone further in developing fair trade in action than Twin (the NGO behind Divine Chocolate, Cafedirect and Liberation/Harry's Nuts) which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
What made last week's Big Food Debate an especially important forum was that it gave voice to so many farmers and producers from around the world.
Four of us (Sophi, Sonja, Tom and Sarah) from Divine made our way through the snow across Europe to visit the factory that makes Divine chocolate in Germany.
This year we're Celebrating Divine Women for Fairtrade Fortnight - the amazing women who have supported Divine (and those who just loving eating it!)
Stephen and Isaac have arrived in Dublin (after a rather unexpectedly long journey from Kumasi in Ghana).
Fatima and Harriet, ambassadors for Kuapa Kokoo and Divine Chocolate, met Betty Williams a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize,
Divine were in Oxford this morning as guests of Mid-Counties Co-op at their Fairtrade Fair in the gloriously ornate Oxford Town Hall.
Fairtrade Fortnight is the most full-on and extraordinary two weeks of our year (not to mention all the time planning it) and we, and the farmers, meet more fantastic people in 14 days than one would hope to in a whole year.
Like other performers doing Glastonbury for the first time, we were all set for the most exciting gig of our lives. Divine had been invited to be the official chocolate bar at Glastonbury - a perfect union of ethical values and delicious fun!
We got to talking about celebrating women's achievements - women who are doing amazing things against the odds and beyond the call of duty. So we had the idea to launch the first Divine Women Awards.
While we were in Ghana for the Kuapa Kokoo AGM, Sophi and I met up with the new Gender Policy manager Monica Aidoo-Dadzie, and in her office she had some wonderful samples of batik made by the Amankwatia Women's Group
It's AGM time again at Kuapa Kokoo - when the 45000 farmer members get together to hear how the organisation and business is doing, celebrate achievements, and debate future issues.
Did you know that all the Fairtrade sugar in Divine comes from Kasinthula Cane Growers Association in Malawi?
It’s this time of year I get to remember fondly the three glorious years that the Dubble Act Award made headlines at the Fringe - an award we created in collaboration with the great Mervyn Stutter.
Divine's Charlotte Borger has just been to Ghana for some meetings at Kuapa Kokoo - and spoke to some of the Women about the benefits of belonging to such a co-operative.
When you are a farmers' co-operative with 85,000 members, many of whom are almost illiterate, how do you keep in contact with your members?
As well as offering a fantastic range of chocolate, Divine is here to give cocoa farmers a voice – and it’s so great to see the relish with which they take up that opportunity each Fairtrade Fortnight!
We were very busy during Fairtrade Fortnight this year...
Comfort is a mother, grandmother, teacher and cocoa farmer. If that wasn't enough, she was also elected to be the National Secretary of Kuapa and Chair of the Farmers' Union!
Divine Chocolate is delighted to announce that Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union has nominated Ms Fatima Ali as Interim President of the Union after the passing of the elected President Madam Christiana Ohene-Agyare.
Back in 1998 Divine Chocolate was set up by the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo to be Fairtrade and run as a social enterprise - we're still driven today by the mission we had from the start
This year's Fairtrade Fortnight is focusing on bananas - so it was great to have the opportunity to visit Fairtrade banana producer VREL on my last visit to Ghana.
Divine is delighted to welcome ethical investment entrepreneur Jamie Hartzell as the new Chair of the board
A tribute to Willem Bolk, a key player in our traceable supply chain, who has passed away.
Two women cocoa farmers from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana, Mavis Adu Gyamfi and Mercy Zaah are joining us for Fairtrade Fortnight
Here's a post by Ed Clark, our intern during Fairtrade Fortnight, a key member of the team that made it brilliant
We loved being the Glastonbury chocolate partner back in 2011 - and in the Leftfield tent we're still the bar of choice!
The elections at Kuapa Kokoo are well underway at district level. Kuapa's Francis Frimpong reports on the 20th year of Kuapa democracy in action
It's election time - and smallholder cocoa farmers from all over Ghana gather to vote for their new Executive
Under an overcast sky 2,800 cocoa farmers brought vibrant colour to a parade ground in Kumasi, Central Ghana, where they gathered to celebrate 20 years of their great co-operative
Announcing our weekly Divine Soft Spot winners
This year 12 farmers from Kuapa Kokoo flew to Germany to tour the factory where Divine is made
Last night, at the 'Fairtrade at 20' conference, Divine scooped a top award
Divine Chocolate was amongst the winners at last night's great evening celebrating social enterprise
As the new Fairtrade Sourcing Programmes (FSP) are introduced in UK, Divine looks back at Fairtrade's original objectives
A Fairtrade Fortnight Q&A with two of Fairtrade's most prominent leaders - on why Fairtrade matters today
International Women's Day celebrates women's triumphs in achieving greater independence and equality. At Kuapa Kokoo helping women achieve independence and equal participation has long been a priority
Divine's sister charity Trading Visions is raising funds to be able to host a visit by two Kuapa Kokoo farmers' children this summer. You can help by sponsoring our runner in the London Marathon!
Divine is pleased to announce the merger of its UK and US businesses
Divine is very proud and delighted to have won the Guardian Sustainable Business 2015 Award for Social Impact
Divine and Kuapa Kokoo have been working together on a project to deliver sustainably made bikes to young people in Kuapa cocoa farming communities with furthest to travel to school
Divine Chocolate MD Sophi Tranchell MBE joins social enterprise leaders from around the world at Social Enterprise World Forum 2015 in Milan
Divine Chocolate has commissioned new research on the UK's love affair with chocolate and what we'd do to stop it running out!
Divine was delighted to be invited to speak at the Chocolate Museum in Brixton - and so pleased to discover this gem in SW London
Find out how Divine is working with the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative to empower women
Farmers have organised themselves into co-operatives and have developed a shared pride in the excellence of the cocoa they grow.
This article details how farmers are being empowered to learn new skills and choose how to spend their Fair trade premium. We also give an update from Sao Tome, this is where our new organic range cocoa is sourced from for the first time.
Fatima Silva is a cocoa farmer from Claudino Faro, south of São Tomé town, deep in the tropical rainforest. Fatima has joined the Claudino Faro cocoa farmers’ association, which in turn is part of the CECAQ-11 co-operative and details the many benefits of the membership.
Hortência is a cocoa farmer from Monte Bello, a small farming community south of São Tomé town, deep in the tropical rainforest.
Rosa and Germenia are sisters, they both live in Mendes de Silva and have been members of the Fairtrade and organic certified co-operative CECAQ-11 since the start in 2009.
Mavis Adu Gyamfi is 30 years old, and a native of Sefwi - Akotombra in the northern part of western region. Mavis pursued Accounting at Kumasi polytechnic in the Ashanti region of Ghana and holds a diploma in Business Studies.