Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins

This spring Divine Chocolate, the chocolate company co-owned by the farmers who grow the cocoa beans, is launching a new Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins bar. Divine’s signature dark, rich and velvety Fairtrade chocolate has a new addition with juicy sun-ripened raisins and crunchy chopped almonds – fruit & nut’s sophisticated older sibling.

Divine’s Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins bar uses only the highest quality ingredients, carefully sourced from growing communities across the world.  All Divine’s cocoa beans are produced by the farmers of the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative in Ghana who grow their cocoa in the shade of the tropical rainforest, before slowly fermenting and drying the beans in the sun to bring out the full, rich flavour.

The Fairtrade almonds are grown by Pakistani farmers whose nut trees are irrigated by glacial meltwater from the Himalayan Mountains add a distinctive nutty crunch, while all Divine chocolate is sweetened with sugar from Kasinthula, a Malawian Fairtrade co-operative and flavoured with creamy vanilla from Fairtrade farmers in Madagascar.

Free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives, Divine Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins is also suitable for vegetarians and is palm oil free, for the ultimate delicious and rewarding treat. As well as combining high quality, Fairtrade ingredients and delectable flavours, Divine is also 44% owned by the Ghanaian farmers who grow the cocoa beans, sharing the profits while you share the pleasure.

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Editors notes:

Divine Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Raisins is available in 100g bars RRP £2.19 at Oxfam (from April 2016), Traidcraft or to buy online at the Divine shop

Allergy information: contains nuts, may contain gluten and soya. Suitable for vegetarians.

About Divine Chocolate

Divine chocolate is made with the finest quality Fairtrade cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of smallholder farmers in Ghana. The cocoa is grown in the shade of the tropical rainforest, and slowly fermented and dried in the sun by the farmers, who take great pride in the chocolate company they co-own.

Divine Chocolate Ltd is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is also co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of over 80,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, benefit not only  from the Fairtrade premium on the sale of their beans, but also receive a 44% share of Divine’s distributable profits giving the farmers more economic stability, as well as the increased influence in the cocoa industry company-ownership brings

All Divine products carry the Fairtrade Mark. This is an independent guarantee certified by the Fairtrade Foundation that the ingredients are sourced under internationally agreed fair trade terms and conditions. These include a guaranteed, secure minimum price, an extra social premium payment for the farmers to invest in their own community programmes, long term trading contracts, decent health and safety conditions – all aimed at empowering farmers to make their own improvements to living standards and prospects for the future

The UK chocolate market alone is worth approximately £4.1 billion a year (Mintel, 2013): if Fairtrade products can capture even a small proportion of that market, producers in developing countries gain real benefits.