Lake Champlain Chocolates Expands Fair Trade Certifications
Vermont chocolatier moves forward with commitment to ethical sourcing and transparency
BURLINGTON, VERMONT – Less than a year after making a decision to pursue third-party certification, Lake Champlain Chocolates has several exciting developments to share as the company deepens its commitment to provide enhanced transparency for its customers.
Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
LCC is proud to announce it has achieved Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification. Fair for Life is a brand-neutral, third-party certification program for social accountability and fair trade. It takes a holistic approach to the company’s overall business practices, in addition to focusing on the ingredients used.
“Fair for Life’s focus on social accountability, fair labor practices and environmental impact at every stage of the production process fit best with our company’s mission and vision,” says Allyson Myers, Director of Sales for LCC. “This certification will enhance the level of trust and confidence we’ve earned from our customers over the years. We’re thrilled to have achieved this certification in such a short time and look forward to adding more products under the Fair for Life certification.” LCC’s organic chocolate bars product line is the first to showcase the Fair for Life Certification label, followed by new product introductions for the holiday.
Fair Trade USA – Hot Chocolate
Beginning in September, LCC’s entire line of gourmet hot chocolate flavors— Traditional, Mocha, Chai & Mighty, and Spicy Aztec— will carry the Fair Trade USA label. The Organic Hot Chocolate and Organic Unsweetened Cocoa have carried the Fair Trade USA label since they were introduced in 1999. In addition, the hot chocolate tins, lauded by Travel + Leisure as “America’s Best Hot Chocolate,” feature new packaging with bright colors and easy-to-read labels.
“As a community-minded company, it’s our goal to help educate our consumers about what we do and to speak as accurately and transparently as we can,” says Myers. “These certifications will help us do this even better.”
About Lake Champlain Chocolates
A pioneer in the American chocolate movement, Lake Champlain Chocolates is a family-owned company located in Burlington, Vermont. In 1983, Jim Lampman declared he would create upscale American chocolates that would “rival the Belgians.” Almost 30 years later, the Lampman family has done just that, by introducing European flavors and tastes using local, Vermont ingredients and by taking a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience and mastery. This level of care and craft leads to chocolates that win high praise, year after year, from customers and industry experts alike. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include chocolate bars, as well as the best-selling Five Star Bars, truffles, caramels, gift assortments and gourmet hot chocolate and are available online, nationwide at specialty food and gift stores, such as Whole Foods Market, upscale hotels and inns, and at their three company-owned stores in Vermont.