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Chocolate Always Certifications

At Chocolate Always, we take organic certification as seriously as our customers. We care about every ingredient in our bars. USDA-Certified Organic accreditation means that we meet and adhere to the strictest requirements—both for healthy food and environmental impact.

Control Union—a leading international inspection and certification organization—provides oversight and verification. In turn, government regulators worldwide, including the US Department of Agriculture, accredit Control Union. So our customers are assured that Chocolate Always meets the highest standards for quality and organic purity.

As part of our commitment to the ingredients we use and the environment in which the cacao beans are grown, every Chocolate Always Organic bar is non-GMO. No pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used in growing or managing the cacao crop.

Because we work from bean to bar near the source, we can trace the origin of all our organic ingredients—from the finest cacao beans to the purest sugar. We use criollo—the rarest and oldest variety of cacao beans. They are highly prized for their quality and robust flavor and are probably closest to the original cacao. Today they comprise only about 3 percent of total cacao production.

Similarly, because every Chocolate Always bar is crafted near the source and under our supervision, we know the quality of every ingredient. We also can protect against any form of contamination. We use no food additives, preservatives or industrial solvents in our process. And in adherence with organic strictures, we never irradiate our ingredients or products.

We work in partnership with local farmers that supply the ingredients for Chocolate Always bars. We observe and support firsthand the sustainable growing practices that ensure both the continued good health of the fragile criollo beans, their delicate ecosystem in the foothills of the Andes and the environment in general. We support only bio-diverse farming techniques in line with global initiatives to offset climate concerns and that serve to maintain critical forests and plant life as well as continue to provide habitat for migratory birds and other animal species.

The result is quality chocolate that starts with the highest-quality, best-tasting, organic ingredients. You have more than our name on that. You have the assurance of Control Union and the USDA.

Fair Trade Certified™ products were made with respect to people and planet. Fair Trade USA's rigorous social, environmental and economic standards work to promote safe, healthy working conditions, protect the environment, enable transparency, and empower communities to build strong, thriving businesses. When you choose products with the Fair Trade label, your day-to-day purchases can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives. 

The OU (Orthodox Union) Kosher is the world’s largest and most widely recognized kosher certification agency, certifying over 800,000 products produced in more than 8,500 plants located in 100 countries around the world.

The OU does much more than ensure the highest standards of kosher certification. OU Kosher is unique among all the major kosher certification agencies, as it is part of a non-profit communal organization (founded in 1898), so that it can maintain the highest levels of integrity without any possible conflict of interest.