Com­mit­ment makes treats sweeter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Business -

CHOCOLATE is good for your soul and now, thanks to San Churro East Vic­to­ria Park, it is also good for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

While the com­pany is fa­mous for pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with a se­lec­tion of de­li­cious chocolate treats, San Churro has now taken on a so­cially con­scious agenda with the in­tro­duc­tion of Fair­trade cer­ti­fied co­coa.

Lo­cal fran­chise in East Vic­to­ria Park is set to be one of the front-run­ners in the na­tion to com­mit to pur­chase co­coa un­der the new Fair­trade Co­coa Pro­gram.

San Churro East Vic­to­ria Park owner Fred Chew said he was thrilled his busi­ness now sup­port- ed the Fair­trade Co­coa pro­gram.

“As a lo­cal busi­ness, we’re all about pro­vid­ing the best chocolate in­dul­gences and ser­vice in the most de­light­ful way to our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Mr Chew said.

“Know­ing that our sup­port is help­ing to im­prove the lives of co­coa farm­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties around the world en­hances the in­dul­gence even fur­ther.”

Un­der the new pro­gram around 70 per cent of the dark, milk and white chocolate menu items served at the East Vic­to­ria Park fran­chise are now be­ing cre­ated us­ing the Fair­trade co­coa.

Fair­trade Aus­tralia and New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Molly Hariss Ol­son said it was fan­tas­tic to see San Churro lead­ing the way as the first chocolate café chain in Aus­tralia to serve desserts made us­ing Fair­trade cer­ti­fied co­coa.

“Cur­rently 90 per cent of the world’s co­coa is grown on smallscale fam­ily farms but only 1.2 per cent is sold on Fair­trade terms. Fair­trade is all about do­ing busi­ness bet­ter and fairer,” she said.

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