Updated cocoa guide: November 2019

Just Kai is excited to announce even more slave and child labour free cocoa products for sale in New Zealand. We have a new brand to announce (Oxfam) and we have a whole new product category: chocolate biscuits! Chocolate chip cookies from the Cookie Project are made with certified slave-free chcolate. Countdown has also further expanded their range of UTZ-certified chocolate baking supplies. Lastly, we note with sadness that Pana chocolate appears to no longer be Fairtrade certified.

logos for Oxfam, The Cookie Project and Countdown, plus the Pana logo with a red X through it.

Check out our cocoa guide for more slave-free cocoa products, as well as explanations of the certifications mentioned.

Oxfam

Oxfam has long had physical shops in Australia, selling a similar range of goods to Trade Aid shops in New Zealand. They have now brought a portion of their range to New Zealand, including Fairtrade certified chocolate and drinking chocolate.

bars of Oxfam coconut, citrus and salted caramel chocolate

Their chocolate range includes:

  • 50g bars in:

    • milk
    • dark
  • 95g blocks in:

    • dark chocolate
    • dark chocolate citrus crisp
    • milk chocolate with coconut
    • salted caramel milk chocolate
  • 200g blocks in:

    • milk chocolate
    • dark chocolate

They also have a 225g tin of drinking chocolate.

Oxfam products are only available online.

Cookie Project chocolate chip cookies

The Cookie Project employs people with disabilities to make a range of cookies, available online and in some New World and all Trade Aid stores.

bag of Cookie Project cookies

Most of their cookies don’t use any cocoa, but they do have chocolate chip cookies. The chocolate chips in these are Trade Aid’s WFTO-certified 55% chocolate drops. We are really excited to see these as they are the first chocolate cookies we have seen in New Zealand that use child- and slave-labour free cocoa!

Countdown baking chocolate

Countdown is continuing its project of making all their cocoa products UTZ-certified by the end of 2020. Their own brand chocolate chips as well as dark, milk and white chocolate drops are now made with UTZ cocoa.

bags of dark choc chips and dark, milk and white chocolate drops

These join their other UTZ-certified baking products: own brand cocoa, ‘essentials’ milk and dark baking chocolate and ‘essentials’ dark chocolate chips and milk chocolate melts.

Pana chocolate

In not-so-good news, Pana appears to have moved away from Fairtrade certification. They used to state on their website that they had Fairtrade certification (and the current Pana brochure from their NZ importer still makes that claim) but we noticed last week that all mention of Fairtrade has been removed from their website. They no longer make any worker welfare claims of any kind, although they still make concrete sustainability claims. In addition, the website lists certifications alongside each individual product, and none of them now list Fairtrade amongst their (extensive) list of certifications.

We have enquired of both Pana and their NZ importer to check we aren’t mistaken, but neither has replied to our emails. We presume they are no longer certified and no longer recommend them.