Ethical Sourcing

As the first organic and fair-trade chocolate factory in North America, our core value is that the best chocolate in the world can (and should) be produced in a way that is entirely ethical and environmentally sustainable.

To create our products, ingredients have to come together from all over the world, in just the right way.

The direct relationship with each supplier in the bean-to-bar process is vital and we practice ethical stewardship to ensure everyone benefits. All of our ingredients are carefully screened and 3rd party-verified to ensure they meet our standards for social and environmental responsibility.

It all starts with the beans.

We’ve built Theo around the belief that cocoa is more than an ingredient. Our cocoa beans and the lives they touch are at the heart of our business, and we believe the most sustainable cocoa is cocoa that is profitable for the farmers to grow.

For this reason, we work directly with farmers in the Norandino Cooperative in Peru and Esco-Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to source amazing Organic & Fair Trade certified cocoa that benefits farmers and the environment.

We negotiate prices directly, provide training on good agricultural practices and offer meaningful quality incentive payments. With our model, farmers know how much income to expect from their harvest, enabling them to make financial plans for the future and to invest in their families and communities for long-lasting, systemic change.

Our purchasing practices enable farmers to increase their resilience — now and for the future. We go above and beyond to support critical needs like reforestation programs in Peru and maternal health initiatives in Eastern Congo. Every bar contributes to Theo’s positive impact all over the globe.

Minimal Ingredients, Award-Winning Flavor

If you’ve ever had a Theo treat, we hope you’ll find that our love for creating delicious chocolate is evident in each bite. Using chocolate as a base, we are always experimenting to find delicious, unexpected flavors – as well as new takes on old classics.

Every product recipe is thoughtfully developed with minimal ingredients. We avoid soy or sunflower lecithin and instead choose cocoa butter to create a consistent texture. All ingredients are organic & kosher certified and always 100% soy free.

We’re committed to using only high quality ingredients that meet the same high standards as our cocoa.

This map provides supplier information and locations for some of our primary non-cocoa ingredients.