Who we are and why
The Organic Seed & Bean Company was founded in June 2005 with the idea to create an ethical range of confectionery. The focus was on always using organic ingredients, using small-scale suppliers and being brave with flavours rarely tasted in confectionery.
Our production facility is deliberately small: our batch size is just 45 litres, compared to large industrially-produced chocolatiers who make batches of 20-50,000 litres a batch! When it comes to chocolate, we really are chocolate artisans.
There are many reasons to choose our chocolate:
We know where our ingredients come from
By getting personal with our Cocoa suppliers and growers we can better understand the issues and controls they have. By applying knowledge gained of 25 years of organic cocoa production we can help growers produce a far greater yield of a finer, higher quality bean, and we do not compromise on quality.
We produce locally in small batches
Most organic and Fairtrade chocolate sold in the UK is now made thousands of miles away and shipped in by chilled, temperature controlled HGVs. Most comes in from Poland, Italy and Germany. However we at Seed and Bean produce in a very "hands-on" way, from our bespoke facility in Northamptonshire, England. This way, we save food miles, help provide local employment and, best of all, we can taste and tweak every batch we make!
Organic ingredients are better for the world we live in and the people that grow them
By converting their production to organic as well as to Fairtrade, our producers are saving money by using less fossil fuels in their fertilizers. This, in turn, reduces their carbon emissions and stops the exposure of their precious crops to harmful pesticides such as lindane, which, although banned in the EU, is often still found in cocoa production. You can be sure that, when it comes to our producers, and our chocolate, it is 100% organic: from the start of the process, until the moment it hits your mouth!
We do what we can to be “green” and are always willing to learn
As well as supporting organic methods we strive to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint on the world. Our chocolate is made locally; our warehouse is next door; and we try to deliver in multi-drop vehicles in order to save fuel and cut carbon emissions. We’re also proud that our "foil" wrappers are actually fully home compostable and made from... trees!
But all this would be for nothing if we didn’t also guarantee one thing above all else….
Our chocolate tastes GREAT!
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