About Divine

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Our primary mission is to improve the lives of cocoa farmers in West Africa, and, by creating a farmer-ownership model we have ensured Kuapa Kokoo benefits financially from access to the highest point of the value chain. Introducing manufacturing in Ghana would not bring as much benefit, as well as introducing new financial and environmental restraints on getting the chocolate to market. As the UK market prefers milk chocolate, milk and other ingredients would have to be imported, and stocks would have to be refrigerated in factories and on ships as chocolate melts instantly in the high temperatures in Ghana, resulting in a product that would be much more expensive for people to buy.

Because of our farmer-owned model we can seek out new ventures and buy from other farmers so they get the Fairtrade premium, while Kuapa Kokoo still receives the profit. Divine is using cocoa from CECAQ-11 in São Tomé, a farmers’ co-operative which was originally made up of 11 farmer village associations and now has 20. The farmers will receive the Fairtrade premium on top of the price of the organic cocoa, and Divine is also considering how it can support the farmers to develop their co-operative and increase their yield.

Kuapa Kokoo owns 44% of Divine Chocolate and receives four income streams from their chocolate company.

The first is the income from their cocoa bought at the guaranteed minimum Fairtrade price of $2000* per metric ton, which protects the farmers from the volatility of the market. (When the world price is higher, Kuapa Kokoo receives the world price).

The second is an additional premium of $200** per metric ton, which the co-operative invests in their own projects to improve the farmers' living, health and education standards, and farming productivity, as well as individual volume-related bonuses.

The third comes from Divine's Producer Support & Development Fund (2% of Divine's revenue) ,a significant proportion of which is invested in Kuapa Kokoo's most progressive programs which focus, for example, on empowering women, researching best farming practice, and maintaining the organization's co-operative values amongst members.

And last but certainly not least, as the biggest shareholder in Divine Chocolate, Kuapa Kokoo also receives 44% of any distributed profit. In the past, the co-operative has used this to buy key equipment for all its members.

In addition to the financial benefits and the training, community and farm improvements, and increased income the farmers choose to invest in, Kuapa members benefit in other important ways from owning Divine Chocolate. They have two representatives on the Divine board and are therefore closely involved in the development of the company. Owning a chocolate company gives Kuapa Kokoo farmers a voice in the cocoa industry and a ‘seat at the table’.

Through owning their own company cocoa farmers have had unprecedented access to the industry they supply, and members have visited the USA, UK and other countries around the world to raise awareness amongst chocolate lovers about their lives and challenges. The Kuapa farmers are very proud that they own a company in the UK and USA, and hearing about how well their business is doing is very motivating and exciting.

*This amount will increase to $2400 in October 2019.

** This amount will increase to $240 in October 2019.

The cocoa sourced from São Tomé has a distinct flavor and quality. And -- we are excited for the opportunity to work with a new smallholder farmers’ co-op that was established in 2009. Our partnership in turn supports the farmers’ efforts to regenerate their farms and enable more women to participate in farming.

Furthermore, there is not very much organic cocoa coming out of Ghana, and Kuapa Kokoo, the co-operative that owns Divine, is not producing organic cocoa. This is because cocoa is very prone to diseases, which can quickly spread and wipe out huge areas of cocoa production, and in turn seriously endanger the livelihoods of thousands of farmers. As cocoa is vital to the Ghanaian economy, the Ghanaian cocoa board is being cautious about introducing organic production. It is worth noting that, although their cocoa is not certified organic, Kuapa Kokoo farmers rely largely on natural crop protection methods already.

  Our Products

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I am a vegetarian or vegan. Can I consume Divine Chocolate?

All Divine bars are suitable for vegetarians. All Divine dark chocolate bars are suitable for vegans except the Dark Chocolate with Almonds, Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Hazelnuts, the Dark Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt, Caramel Dark Chocolate, and the Dark Chocolate with Chili & Toffee Luxe Bar. [These products contain butterfat.] It is important to note we cannot guarantee these products do not contain traces of milk as milk is used elsewhere in the factory.

None of the Divine products can be guaranteed totally nut-free as the factory where they are made handles nuts and thus not suitable for individuals with nut allergies.

At present, there is a limited amount of organic cocoa production in Ghana. Cocoa is very prone to disease which can quickly spread and wipe out huge areas of cocoa production. This in turn would seriously endanger the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale cocoa farmers and threaten the larger Ghanaian economy. More research and testing of organically approved pesticides is being completed in Ghana, but it will be some time until wide scale organic production is introduced.

Divine Chocolate is a natural product, made with real cocoa butter and real vanilla, Fairtrade sugar and lecithin from GM-free sunflowers. The farmers of Kuapa Kokoo practice a shade-grown method, which means the natural rainforest environment is kept intact, and the cocoa is grown on diversified, small-scale farms. Most farmers also grow yams, onions, plantain and other produce alongside their cocoa crops. The farmers go through rigorous training to ensure that they naturally prevent diseases from affecting their farms.

While the majority of cocoa used in Divine Chocolate comes from Ghana, our new range of Divine Organic bars sources organic certified cocoa from São Tomé, a small island off the west coast of Africa.

None of the ingredients in Divine contain wheat/gluten. However, they are produced in a factory which does produce items containing wheat/gluten, so we cannot guarantee that they are suitable for gluten allergy suffers.

None of the ingredients in Divine contain wheat/gluten. However, they are produced in a factory which does produce items containing wheat/gluten, so we cannot guarantee that they are suitable for gluten allergy suffers.

All Divine Chocolate 3.5oz and 1.5oz bars and are certified Kosher by Triangle K. Our Milk and Dark Chocolate Gelt / Coins are OU Kosher Dairy certified. You can find the mark on all of our products.

Palm oil is used in a large percentage of mainstream chocolates. Its role is generally to keep fruit ingredients from sticking together in the manufacturing process, and to create liquid or gooey textures, but it is also used in making chocolate itself.

Divine does not use any palm oil in its chocolate and aims not to use any additional ingredients that contain palm oil. This is for a number of reasons. Rainforests are still being cut down to plant palm oil plantations and we do not want to subscribe to the impact this has on the environment and animal habitats. Divine is also conscious that palm oil is used as a cheap oil alternative in a large percentage of the processed foods we all eat today, and so we choose not to add to that high level of consumption which may have health implications. Lastly, as natural cocoa butter is crucial to the real flavor of chocolate, we choose not to substitute it with a fat that adds nothing to the quality and fine taste of our product (which means we are buying as much cocoa as possible from the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo and thereby delivering more of the Fairtrade Premium to them).

Our chocolate recipes do not include palm oil, and we are working to detect any ingredients that may contain palm oil and looking for alternatives. We have recently successfully created delicious caramel bars, and a selection of praline chocolates without using palm oil. If we ever decide to make an exception to this approach it will be independently audited traceable and sustainable palm oil, and will make this clear on any packaging.

Divine is committed to using Fairtrade certified ingredients in our products whenever Fairtrade ingredients in the appropriate formats are available. All the cocoa, sugar and vanilla used to make Divine chocolate are certified Fairtrade. We are also proud to say that we source Fairtrade almonds from Pakistan, Fairtrade mangoes from Burkina Faso, and Fairtrade coconut from Sri Lanka so Divine is helping to deliver a fair deal to farmers all over the world, not just Ghana!

On a few of our products you will see that a small amount of non-Fairtrade sugar and non-Fairtrade flavors are in some of our bars. This is because some ingredients we need to use come in a processed format that is not yet available using Fairtrade components – for example the sugar and natural peppermint oil that makes up the mint crisp in our Dark Chocolate with Mint. Whenever a Fairtrade supply of the ingredients we use becomes available, we make the switch, as we did with sugar and vanilla some time ago.

The cocoa sourced from São Tomé has a distinct flavor and quality. And, we are excited for the opportunity to work with a new smallholder farmers’ co-op that was established in 2009. Our partnership in turn supports the farmers’ efforts to regenerate their farms and enable more women to participate in farming.

Furthermore, there is not very much organic cocoa coming out of Ghana, and Kuapa Kokoo, the co-operative that owns Divine, is not producing organic cocoa. This is because cocoa is very prone to diseases, which can quickly spread and wipe out huge areas of cocoa production, and in turn seriously endanger the livelihoods of thousands of farmers. As cocoa is vital to the Ghanaian economy, the Ghanaian cocoa board is being cautious about introducing organic production. It is worth noting that, although their cocoa is not certified organic, Kuapa Kokoo farmers rely largely on natural crop protection methods already.

São Tomé was originally a Portuguese colony and, back in 1913, the biggest producer of cocoa in the world. Now the farmers of São Tomé are now rejuvenating the country’s cocoa industry, and developing a new reputation for excellence, and organic cocoa with a distinctive rich flavour and fruity notes.

  Environmental

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As a responsible company, Divine is conscious of its environmental impact, and we are committed to doing our best to continuously make improvements to reduce it. We use limited airfreight in our supply chain and keep up to date with best practice regarding all the materials we use. Our packaging is reviewed annually with respect to environmental impact. While ensuring our products are all kept protected and delicious, as well as looking lovely and irresistible on shelf, we are constantly looking to reduce and improve our packaging. Latest developments include keeping our Easter Egg packaging to a minimum with no plastic, removing the cellophane wrapper from the Divine Advent Calendars and cutting down ‘chocolate miles’ in our supply chain.

Furthermore, our Divine Organic range is certified Plastic Free. The chocolate is wrapped in cellulose called NatureFlexâ„¢ made from renewable wood pulp. This means that the material is fully biodegradable, and you can even put it into your home compost bin. That goes for the outer packaging, too.

Twin, the NGO that helped launch Divine, works with trading partners in Africa and Latin America, many of whom grow tree crops in tropical rainforests, to help them find ways to adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change. Many of these producers are having to cope with increasingly erratic rainfall patterns that affect productivity.

With support from Twin and local and international experts, these co-operatives are beginning to identify new or rediscover old production practices that can help them adapt to climatic change. In cocoa, for example, farmers can plant more shade trees in order to improve moisture conservation and increase biodiversity. Such tree planting projects are a ‘carbon sink’ and can therefore potentially attract payments from carbon offsetting schemes, which can help fund these important adaptation initiatives and even generate additional income for farmers.

Divine is 44% owned by the cocoa farmers of the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative in Ghana. The cocoa from Kuapa Kokoo is not grown on plantations, (which may require clearing of rainforest trees) but on individual smallholder farms which have been in farming families for generations.

Cocoa grows best in the shade of the rainforest canopy, and the humid environment the rainforest creates is best for the midges that pollinate the cocoa. This is a major reason why the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo are actively conserving the tall forest trees. They are replacing old cocoa trees with new seedlings and planting new hardwood trees.

Divine is committed to preserving the environment, and this is one of the reasons we choose not to use palm oil in any of our products. We do not support the destructive impact that palm oil cultivation is having on virgin forests and the wildlife around the world.

In addition, through our Producer Support and Development Fund (PS&D) Divine supports cocoa farmers in Sierra Leone to introduce forest friendly techniques to protect the Gola Rainforest.

  Trade Customers

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Divine Chocolate has partnered with World Pantry to provide easy online wholesale ordering. These orders are shipped directly to you via UPS. Online wholesale ordering is ideal for retailers who do not have a local distributor and who would like to order in smaller quantities. Sign up under our Trade page to find out more.


If you are interested in large quantity orders, contact sales@divinechocolateusa.com .

Visit the Donation Request page to inquire about chocolate for your special event.

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Founded and co-owned by cocoa farmers, Divine has influenced practices in the wider cocoa industry for two decades.

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