Founded in 2016, Latitude Craft Chocolate is a vertically integrated social enterprise that creates fair, transparent, and 100% traceable bean-to-bar chocolate made entirely at origin in Uganda. Through direct face-to-face relationships with cocoa suppliers, Latitude’s transparent and 100% traceable cocoa supply chain is re-defining the term sustainability. Latitude chocolate is now coming to Ireland and the UK, supplied by Cocoa Runners — a distributor committed to sourcing the finest craft chocolate, while ensuring ethical trade practices.
Latitude’s journey began in cocoa sourcing, with the aim to create a sustainable supply chain serving both farmers and chocolate companies. Their obsession with quality and sustainable development quickly gave way to their own bean-to-bar factory at origin, where a team of young Ugandan chocolate makers and chocolatiers produce Latitude’s full range of chocolate products — from bars to bonbons to couvertures. They’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation, meeting the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
Through the Latitude supplier programme, they sign long term contracts with farmers to grow organic cacao, promote biodiversity and ensure fair labour practices on all farms. They guarantee this by routinely visiting and inspecting every individual supplier. Latitude staff purchases the cocoa directly from farmers at collection points within walking distance of their farms, and offer prices 15-20% above market — with a price floor that ensures suppliers have the best chance of supporting their households. As part of Latitude’s standard bundle of benefits, they also provide training, insurance and micro-loans to help households turn their hard-earned income into wealth. This is what sustainability looks like in the cocoa supply chain, and this is what is required to make the world of chocolate fairer.
When Latitude say “made at origin,” they mean it. They buy, ferment, sun-dry and hand-sort their raw cocoa at Latitude facilities near the farms, before it goes to their own factory in Kampala. Here, diligent chocolate makers and chocolatiers roast, refine and mould the chocolate, before finishing in colorful wrappers that reflect the heritage of Uganda and the vibrance of their young team.
The signature Latitude dark chocolates contain only two ingredients, cocoa and cane sugar — all you need for dark chocolate. All of their other products and flavours draw on locally sourced Ugandan ingredients, from the milk and coffee to the vanilla.
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For more details, visit latitudecraftchocolate.com.