Part of the #FairTradeDifference since 2016
Chuao Chocolatier’s Signature Chocolate Bar line, which was launched with ethically sourced cacao in 2002, began incorporating Fair Trade Certified chocolate in 2016. By 2017, this has extended to all chocolate bar collections, including the Signature Collection, the Enamored Collection, and California Collective. The Enamored Collection, their first complete line of organic, Fair Trade Certified chocolate, is crafted with 72% dark chocolate, luscious fruit, and floral accents. Enamored shares a special message in honor of beauty inside and out, with a portion of the proceeds supporting Girls Inc.
Through Fair Trade Certification, Chuao has helped directly benefit the famers who source their cacao, specifically:
Bringing accessible water to the farmers of Cote d’Ivoire, who prior to Fair Trade had only had access to rivers that were dry during the day and ran at night
Allowing cocoa farmers in Ecuador to invest in quality enhancing infrastructure that ensure consistency and quality of their production
Helping farmers of Belize tackle child labor issues and prioritize the health and safety of children
Helping farmers in Paraguay invest in machinery that increases production
"At Chuao, we’re on a mission to share joy with the world and Fair Trade helps us do just that- from cacao farmers to chocoholics. Chef Michael and the entire company have a deep respect for cacao and the people that grow it; becoming Fair Trade Certified was an important part of living out our core values.
Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) was co-founded in 2002 by Master Chef Michael Antonorsi and his brother, in honor of their Venezuelan cacao farmer ancestors and their desire to bring innovative, ultra-premium chocolate to San Diego. With Chef Michel’s European chocolate-making techniques and culinary creativity, Chuao had a recipe for success. What began as an artisan chocolate boutique has grown into an internationally award winning operation with acclaim from Food Network to Oprah.com and distribution across the United States at fine specialty retailers including CVS, Target, Whole Foods Market, Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath and Beyond. Named Top Ten Chocolatier in the US by Dessert Professional, Chuao opened its brand new JOY factory in Carlsbad, CA in 2016. Just 5 miles from the beach, the Chuao JOY factory is home to its manufacturing plant, warehouse, headquarters, chocolate boutique and tour program.