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Chuao Chocolatier Expands Fair Trade Offering

Chuao Chocolatier is expanding its fair trade-certified product offering across the brand’s entire chocolate portfolio. Since the brand’s foundation in 2002, Chuao Chocolatier has consciously partnered with purveyors who share the brand’s interest in sustainable practices. By supporting fair trade cocoa farmers through all of its chocolate confections, Chuao Chocolatier fortifies its brand promise to spread joy, not only among its consumers, but also for the individuals who help produce it.

According to Fair Trade USA reports, there have been over 1,200 companies committed to fair trade selling as of 2015. This movement is a reflection of consumers’ growing awareness of where and how their food is sourced. Through development premiums, brands that support fair trade certification, such as Chuao Chocolatier, empower farmers and their communities via educational stipends, environmental training, healthcare services and productivity investments.

“We have had a long-standing commitment to produce our chocolates with the utmost respect to our planet and have implemented various sustainability practices at our factory. From reduced packaging and organic certified cleaning solutions, to upgrading our facility to be energy efficient, we are doing our part to protect the environment,” said Chef Michael Antonorsi, Chuao’s co-Founder and Master Chocolatier. “By becoming fair trade-certified across our entire portfolio, we are also ensuring that our farmers, communities, women and children are receiving the support they need to lead happier and healthier lives.”

“Chuao has made an extensive commitment to fair trade cocoa farmers,” adds Ken Redding, Chief Commercial Officer at Fair Trade USA. “We’re proud to work with them to deliver life-changing impact to cocoa-farming communities.”

Chuao’s signature line of ultra-premium chocolate bars and mini bars, bonbons and truffles, drinking chocolates and seasonal confections are crafted with a proprietary blend of chocolate. Additionally, the Enamored Collection is crafted with a decadent blend of organic, 72 percent dark chocolate, while the recently launched California Collective is comprised of a premium blend of chocolate. Shoppers’ purchase of these products empowers fair trade cocoa farmers to invest in building healthier, more sustainable communities.

The brand’s entire line of chocolate bars can be found online at www.chuaochocolatier.com, and in Chuao Chocolatier’ southern California boutique. A curated selection of the brand’s signature line of bars can also be found at fine grocery and specialty retailers nationwide. To find out more information about the brand’s fair trade certification, visit https://chuaochocolatier.com/fair-trade-certified-chocolate.

Hammond’s Brands Popular Holiday Line Selling Fast

Halloween may not be over just yet, but the USA’s largest manufacturer of handmade candy canes is already having a busy holiday season. Hammond’s Brands, the parent company of Hammond’s Candies, Old Dominion Peanut Company, McCraw’s Candies, and Mellow Fluffs, has announced a December 15 deadline for wholesale orders of its popular line of stocking stuffer-worthy seasonal candies.

When consumers think of the holidays, thoughts of Hammond’s peppermint-flavored sweets aren’t far behind. The company’s small batch Candy Canes are made from the same old-fashioned recipes that the company began using almost a century ago. Packaged in cases of 48, the oversized 8’-inch, 1.75-ounce canes are delicately hand crooked with a beautiful shine and tempting flavors, including Classic Peppermint, which retails for $2.99, and Chocolate Cream Filled Peppermint, which retails for $3.49. Hammond’s line of canes features a total of 30 unique flavors.

In addition to its Candy Canes, Hammond’s gives its lollipops, hot chocolate and chocolate bars a refreshing, peppermint-infused update this time of year as well. Peppermint Christmas Tree Lollipops make a sweet and festive topper for gifts of all sizes. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Dunking Spoons give the gift of a warm and comforting beverage on the go. Candy Cane Crunch Bars combine dark chocolate and bits of peppermint for a tingly treat.

“For our wholesale partners, the holiday season starts long before Advent calendars do! Knowing this, we’ve made it a habit to always get a head start on our peppermint-infused treats,” said Andrew Schuman, Hammond’s President and CEO. “This year, we’re prepared to support wholesale holiday orders right up until December 15th so we can spread as much cheer as possible.”

Hammond’s Brands Now Shipping Pumpkin Spice Popcorn and Candies

Since fall will be here before we know it, Hammond’s Brands, the parent company of Hammond’s Candies, Old Dominion Peanut Company, McCraw’s Candies, and Mellow Fluffs, has its popular line of pumpkin spice and apple-infused treats now available for shipment. Many of the candies and snacks that have made Hammond’s Colorado’s favorite handmade confectioner undergo an autumnal transformation each year.

This year, Hammond’s is offering four seasonally-inspired specials:

  • Fall Popcorn Cones are a great grab-and-go snack that come in Candy Corn, Pumpkin Spice, or Apple Cider flavors. The 2-ounce cones are packaged in an 18-count assorted display with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per cone.
  • Small batch Pumpkin Spice Caramels are hand-crafted, buttery delights that come in an 80-count display tub of .75 -ounce candies with a suggested retail price of $0.99 per caramel.
  • Pumpkin Spice Caramel Marshmallows combine the fluffy texture of Hammond’s much-loved vanilla marshmallows, caramel and pumpkin spice. They are packaged in 1.85-ounce packs of three marshmallows and are available in a 15-count display with a suggested retail price of $3.49 per pack.
  • The new Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bar balances a pumpkin-flavored cream center with decadent dark chocolate. It’s available in 12-count boxes of 2.25-ounce bars with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per bar. This is the first time that Hammond’s Dark Chocolate Bars are undergoing this seasonal makeover.

“Snackers love the nostalgic, warm flavors that they associate with fall — in fact, pumpkin-flavored products accounted for $361 million sales last year alone and that number keeps growing,” said Andrew Schuman, Hammond’s President and CEO. “We’re excited to help retailers stock up, since appetites for pumpkin spice, apple, and other fall flavors start earlier and earlier each year!”

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