There are a growing number of brands on the market at the moment that offer fairtrade, organic or free-from confectionery for the discerning customer. Christmas may be seen as an indulgent holiday in terms of eating and spending, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sell virtuous Christmas treats that are good for consumers, good for those who produce them and good for the planet.
There is such a wonderful range of classic Christmas confectionery, but not all of it can be enjoyed by those with allergies to ingredients such as nuts, gluten, milk, wheat or soya. Cutting some of these food types out of your diet used to be a huge sacrifice, especially during the festive season, but with the growing popularity of free-from diets it is easier than ever for customers to get their hands on delicious free-from Christmas treats.
Leone’s gorgeous fruit jellies in Retro Chic Tins are the perfect stocking-filler for anyone with a sweet tooth. Their jellies are free from milk, nuts, gluten and colouring agents, as well as being suitable for vegans, but what’s in them is just as important as what isn’t: they are made from essential oils and squeezed fruit with a high concentration of pulp.
We are proud to stock chocolate brands such as Divine, Green Dream and Tohi whose fairtrade standards are among the highest in the industry. Their ethos is to trade fairly with cacao farmers in developing countries to make chocolaty treats that are both scrumptious and scrupulous.
A true groundbreaker when it comes to producing and selling fairtrade chocolate is Divine, whose practices have won it a number of social enterprise awards. Their Chocolate Mint Thins are delicious after-dinner Christmas treats that deliver on both taste and morals.
Organic farming standards ensure that our organic confectionery suppliers provide treats that are good for your body and good for the planet. They endeavour to process their products without synthetic food additives, irradiation or industrial solvents and limit their use of certain fertilisers or pesticides.
There are some delectable organic alternatives available this Christmas. Tohi offer tins of both milk and dark organic chocolate flakes for that perfect hug-in-a-mug winter warmer. YumEarth’s fruit lollipops, which are all gluten-free, come in a lovely gift tin that can’t fail to delight little ones this Christmas.
Having a range of fairtrade, organic and free-from Christmas treats this season gives your customers the choice to buy ethically and healthily at this indulgent time of the year. We think it is important to support brands that go out of their way to improve the lives of cacao farmers and allergy sufferers alike, all while making melt-in-the-mouth confectionery for us all to enjoy.
Angelina Moufftard works for hf Chocolates, established chocolate suppliers with decades of experience supplying delicious Christmas treats to retailers across the UK. Working with the most dedicated suppliers from France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, the USA and the UK, hf Chocolates' great tasting and beautifully packaged products add panache to any Christmas display.
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