Divine | Inside Divine

Divine Chocolate is driven by a social mission:

We bring people together using the amazing power of chocolate to delight and engage, creating dignified trading relations that empower both producers and consumers. By creating a supply chain that shares value more equitably, ours is an example of a viable model for how to secure the sustainable future of cocoa and cocoa farming.

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.

For more details on our story & history, visit this page.

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 Union

Samuel Adimado

Managing Director, Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union

Toby Bundy

Cocoa Farmers

Meet some of the farmers who carefully cultivate the ingredients that make Divine Chocolate so delicious:

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 Tower Bridge, 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.

Troy Pearley

EVP GENERAL MANAGER

Molly Skelly

CFO

Liz Miller

SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER

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

Ruth Harding

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Sophie Loveday-Davies

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Charlotte Taylor

NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Yasmine Gbormittah

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Natasha Procter

OFFICE MANAGER

Paul Dennis

FINANCE MANAGER

Polly Woodruff

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Sophie Wagstaff

PRODUCT DEVELOPER

Annual Reports

Annual reports 2017 - 2018

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Annual Report 2016 - 2017

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Annual Report 2015 - 2016

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Annual Report 2014 - 2015

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“Divine’s growth over the last 20 years is testament to the fact that more equitable business models can have staying power and achieve scale, even in the most competitive and economically challenging of environments."

- Sophi Tranchell, Former Group CEO

Driven by a social mission

Our aim is to create dignified trading relations that empower producers and chocolate lovers.

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