Lake Champlain Chocolates Expands
Fair Trade Certified Offerings
Best-Selling Five Star Bar line now Fair Trade Certified™
Burlington, VT – Family-owned Vermont chocolate company, Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), is proud to announce that its best-selling line of Five Star Bars is now Fair Trade Certified ™. LCC has been a pioneer in the fair trade movement, certifying its line of hot chocolates fifteen years ago. Made by hand, the Five Star Bar line consists of six irresistible flavors including the original Caramel, best-selling Hazelnut, crispy Peanut Butter, tempting Fruit & Nut, maple Granola and the new Chocolate Caramel.
To earn the Fair Trade certification, farms must meet and adhere to a rigorous set of social, environmental and economic standards. Once certified, farmers and workers earn a $200/MT premium on top of every sale which goes into a community-managed bank account. These funds are then used on infrastructure in areas like healthcare, education, water and food security to foster advancement in the community.
“We continue to see the conscious consumerism trend grow as individuals seek to express their values through their purchasing decisions,” says Allyson Myers, Director of Sales and Marketing for LCC. “Choosing Fair Trade Certified products resonates with these consumers.”
“Certifying our products supports our vision and mission to not only be the best in the world, but for the world,” says Myers. “By supporting cacao-growing communities, sourcing organic ingredients whenever possible, and using 100% fair trade certified chocolate.”
For every $1 invested, $4 has been returned to farmers, workers, and fishers through Fair Trade Certified Supply chains. “The coop CONACADO in the Dominican Republic provides LCC with the majority of our organic cacao,” says Myers. “And so it’s important to us that the people in this community have access to clean water, an updated facility for education, and the ability to grow their own food.”
Five Star Bars, along with LCC’s entire line of extraordinary chocolates can be found nationwide at specialty and natural food stores, online at LakeChamplainChocolates.com and Amazon, and at their three company-owned stores in Vermont.