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Áine Handmade Chocolate

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2023

Sector:

Confectionery/Snacks

About the company

Áine Chocolate is an award-winning brand that produces premium quality chocolate. Located in Stradone Village, Co. Cavan, the company was founded by chocolatier Ann Rudden, whose experience spans over 20 years. Ann had a vision for her business, to create premium handmade chocolate, with only the purest, freshest, natural ingredients sourced locally where possible. Established in 1999, the company has grown to become recognised as one of the finest producers of high-quality winning chocolates of distinction in Ireland. Áine Handmade Chocolate employs a team who shares that passion, evident from the company's 25 Great Taste Awards. All products are free from artificial flavourings, colourings, preservatives, additives and GM ingredients. The product range is gluten-free, with sugar-free products also available - with an ethos that those with special dietary requirements should not have to compromise on taste

Key Sustainability Commitments

Committed to Responsible Sourcing

Aines Chocolates Ltd. have developed a sustainability initiative with their own suppliers which involves questionnaires, relevant data collation and annual auditing of their suppliers to ensure all raw materials are sourced in a sustainable manner.

Enhancing Local Biodiversity

Aines Chocolates Ltd. have committed to transforming the existing un-used land that surrounds the premises into a wild-life garden that will create a habitat for birds and pollinators. This area will also act as a relaxing space for staff and visitors.


Spotlight Target Area: Packaging
Sustainability has always been an important consideration for Áine Handmade
Chocolate as by minimising its impact upon the environment, has rewarded the
company both economically as a business and socially in the local community. To
build on its commitment to sustainability, the company has committed to sourcing
only recyclable packaging to reduce waste in the market. This includes cardboard
outer leaf, recyclable aluminium foil and recyclable plastic wrap. The company set a
target to increase recyclable product packaging from 10% in 2018 to 100% in 2022. As
of 2021, 99% of the packaging used was reported as recyclable, meaning the company
was 29 percentage points ahead of its 70% milestone, demonstrating an outstanding
performance in this area

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