Food News: UTZ Certified Cocoa in Woolworths Chocolates

We all know Woolworths as the company that sets the bar for quality, innovation and introduction of local products to the market place….

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Woolworths has recently reached another milestone by sourcing UTZ certified cocoa for their locally produced chocolate box, bar and slab range. In 2012, 25% of the cocoa was used in the Woolworths boxed chocolate range. This year they have increased their use to 50%. The ultimate target is to utilise 100% of UTZ certified cocoa in support of sustainable chocolate.

What is meant by UTZ Certification? You might ask yourself. According to the information on the UTZ Certified website, the cocoa sector faces several challenges including poor soil fertility management, aging tree stocks and improper use of chemicals. Uncontrollable deforestation are threats to the sustainability of cocoa farming, at the same time the farmers are faced with poor labour conditions and low income.

I got to sample some of the chocolates and I am not in chocolate heaven! Show your support to Woolworths and get buy one or two boxes or slabs!

Learn more about  Woolworths Cocoa journey here or the video below:


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About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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