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Inside Divine

Learn about our company, and get to know a few of the cocoa farmers who co-own Divine.

Divine Chocolate is Driven by a social mission:

We champion the needs of farmers, improving their lives and those of their families, so that together we build a sustainable and fair world. We are the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is co-owned by cocoa farmers. This means smallholder farmers receive a share of the distributable profits from the sale of our chocolate, and a say in how the company is run.

Founded by Farmers

Divine is a company with an amazing story at its heart. In the early 1990s, a group of cocoa farmers in Ghana pooled its resources to set up a farmers’ co-op which would trade its own cocoa and manage the selling process more efficiently than the government cocoa agents.

The co-op, called Kuapa Kokoo (meaning ‘good cocoa grower’ in the local language of Twi), has a mission to empower farmers in their efforts to gain a dignified livelihood. Established on Fairtrade principles, the co-op also aims to increase women’s participation in its activities and to develop environmentally conscious cultivation of cocoa.

A network of support

In 1997, the co-op voted at its annual general meeting (AGM) to invest in a chocolate bar of its own. In 1998, Twin and Kuapa launched The Day Chocolate Company, named in memory of Richard Day, a key member of the team at Twin that had helped Kuapa Kokoo develop its organisation. The Day Company received enthusiastic support from The Body Shop, Christian Aid, Comic Relief, and The Department for International Development in the UK.

More about our history

The divine Board

Good company governance should serve the purpose of ensuring the company stays on mission and is transparent and accountable in all its operations. Divine has always used its mission to bring farmers higher up the value chain as its guiding principle, and the Board has fulfilled its responsibility to continually debate and ensure that every proposed development and business strategy will deliver the greatest impact.
Cord Budde
CEO, LUDWIG WEINRICH GMBH & CO. KG
Jessica Lindemann
EXPORT & MARKETING MANAGER, LUDWIG WEINRICH GMBH & CO. KG
Fatima Ali
PRESIDENT, KUAPA KOKOO FARMERS AND MARKETING UNION LIMITED (KKFU)
Nelson Adubofour
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, KUAPA KOKOO FARMERS AND MARKETING UNION LIMITED (KKFU)
Toby Bundy
INTERIM GROUP CFO, DIVINE CHOCOLATE LIMITED

Cocoa Farmers

Meet some of the farmers who carefully cultivate the ingredients that make Divine Chocolate so delicious:
Mary Appiah
Comfort Kumeah
Afriye Kwesi Boateng
Christiana Adusei
Mercy Zaah
Francis Bediako-Manu
Gladys Okai
Margaret Fianko
Linda Berchie
Yaw and Agartha
Mary Naah
Sampson Cobina
Hortência Pina
Mario Cardoso
Eduardo Mattias
Rosa
Marita

Introducing Divine Chocolate in the USA

On New Year’s Day in 2007, The Day Company changed its name to Divine Chocolate Ltd to more closely align the company with the flagship brand, and the brand itself experienced a major redesign. We also welcomed a fantastic new partner – the developmental finance organisation Oikocredit that invested in Divine.

It was through Oikocredit’s backing that on Valentine’s Day in 2007, we announced the launch of Divine Chocolate Inc in the United States. The announcement was made by Kuapa Kokoo farmer Comfort Kumeah on that same day at a White House briefing on Capitol Hill.

Today, Divine Chocolate HQs are based near Southbank in London, and in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Divine Merges its UK and USA Businesses

In 2015 Divine Chocolate merged its UK and USA businesses with Divine Chocolate Ltd’s Managing Director Sophi Tranchell MBE taking the role of Group CEO.

The Divine Team

We’re an energetic and dynamic global team, and we thrive on collaborating with our supporters, partners, NGOs, fellow Fairtrade companies, and a variety of other like-minded brands. We are inspired by the cocoa farmers who own Divine, and we’re motivated by the tangible changes we see happening in their lives.
Ruth Harding
Managing Director
Sophie Loveday-Davies
Marketing Director
Charlotte Taylor
Commercial Manager (E-Commerce)
YASMINE GBORMITTAH
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
NATASHA PROCTER
OFFICE MANAGER
Paul Dennis
FINANCE MANAGER
Polly Woodruff
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
SOPHIE WAGSTAFF
Product Development
Caitlin Horner
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Don Jayasinghe
Marketing Manager
Neil Johns
Channel Manager
Jon Marlow
SALES DIRECTOR
Troy Pearley
EVP GENERAL MANAGER
Molly Skelly
CFO
Steve Barrella
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Aurora Haydostian
WEST COAST REGIONAL MANAGER
Eric Vincent
SALES AND BUSINESS ANALYST
Qwante Brinkley
OPERATIONS MANAGER
Emily Vo
OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Michelle Hyden
NATURAL SALES MANAGER
Morgan McKenna
TRADE MARKETING MANAGER - NORTH AMERICA
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