Sidmouth Fairtrade group to hold chocolate taster session

Fairtrade farmer Isaac Biadoo with Wendy Spratling,Jan Wheeler and Julie Ridings of Sidmouth Fairtra

Fairtrade farmer Isaac Biadoo with Wendy Spratling,Jan Wheeler and Julie Ridings of Sidmouth Fairtrade and Sue Errington of Fairtrade Devon at Waitrose with deputy manager Alex Hill. Ref shs 10-17TI 8298. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Chocolate lovers are being invited to a special tasting session next week to celebrate Sidmouth’s ongoing support of Fairtrade products.

The town has successfully renewed its Fairtrade town status and on Tuesday, November 14, the Sidmouth Fairtrade Group and Kennaway House will be offering Divine chocolate to showcase how Fairtrade supports workers and farmers in developing countries.

The Divine company is co-owned by the Ghanaian farmers’ cooperative Kuapa Kokoo, which supplies the cocoa for each bar. As owners, the farmers get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.

Wendy Spratling, co-ordinator of Sidmouth Fair Trade group, said; “We all like a little chocolate now and again, and we hope that this event will encourage more people to make an ethical choice.

“By choosing Divine chocolate as opposed to non-Fairtrade brands, we can support Kuapa Kokoo’s efforts to empower farmers, increase women’s participation in its activities and develop environmentally friendly cultivation of cocoa.”

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The event will run from 10am to 12.30pm at Kennaway House and admission is free.

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