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Áine Handmade Chocolate

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022

Sector:

Confectionery/Snacks

About the company

The company was founded in 1999 by Ann Rudden, a passionate master chocolatier with 23 years' experience in the chocolate industry. Her vision was to create chocolate as it should be: mouth-watering magic that is made with only the purest, freshest, all-natural ingredients sourced locally where possible.


Today, Áine's Chocolate employs a team who shares that passion for producing heavenly handmade chocolate, leading to 25 Great Taste awards. All products are gluten-free, with sugar-free products also available.


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.


Focus on Health and Nutrition

Aines Chocolates Ltd. have committed to providing gluten-free products that can be enjoyed by everyone. They will also display nutritional and allergen information on their website which will be updated regularly, allowing consumers to make informed choices about their products.


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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