Chocolate and Love is family-owned by Richard O’ Connor and Birgitte Hovmand. Richard is a qualified Surveyor turned entrepreneur with several successful ventures under his belt and Birgitte, a lawyer, has worked for the film and music industry, set up a law office in Moscow, established a travel business in Barcelona and most recently was MD of a promotion and event company in Copenhagen.
“With a decision to convert to a majority organic diet after the birth of our daughter Sophia, we struggled to find quality organic chocolate, so we decided to make our own, and Chocolate and Love was created - excellent quality, ethically made, organic chocolate at an affordable price.”
Fours years later, all seven bars have won gold and silver awards and they are selling in 38 countries.
Organic with no compromise
We use only the best cacao and other ingredients available to produce an organic chocolate of the finest quality. To us ‘organic’ is not purely about the process, but also about ensuring the superior taste of our chocolate.
It is important to us that we produce fine quality organic chocolate that has been ethically sourced. Meaning that small farmers have an opportunity to trade and that they are fairly paid for their crop. That’s why we source our cacao from Fairtrade certified cooperatives in Peru, The Dominican Republic and Panama, who pay farmers a premium of between 10% to 25% extra for their beans.
Every aspect of our business is run as ethically as possible, like minimizing shipping to cut down on fuel costs and using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper for our wrappers.
Caring for the environment
We plant trees through weforest.org. Visit their site to see how many trees we have planted and to learn more about this fantastic organization. http://www.weforest.org/content/chocolate-and-love
Our people and partners
Who we work with is as important to us as the quality of our products. Our Fairtrade partners have direct access to the cooperatives we source from in Panama, Peru and The Dominican Republic. Knowing that our business and our partners are contributing to the sustainability of the farmers through information, education and industry certification, speaks to the essence of the Chocolate and Love brand.