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Rio Nuevo Chocolate

Rio Nuevo Chocolate

Our chocolate bars are crafted using only ethically-sourced single estate Arriba Nacional cocoa beans from Ecuador. Every step of our journey is carefully considered; from sourcing the world's finest cocoa beans directly from farmers in Ecuador, to handcrafting our chocolate bars.

Our Story

Rio Nuevo was founded with a vision - to partner with farmers in direct trade relationships that improve livelihoods. We source cocoa beans directly from farmers in Ecuador to make dark chocolate in small batches from bean to bar using artisanal methods.

Our project was born when at our wedding (in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador) we were shown how to make chocolate by the local residents – there we learnt about the struggles cacao farmers face and the propagation of CCN-51 which is threatening our cacao heritage.

We returned to the UK wanting to do our bit, we wanted to make chocolate bars that have a positive impact on the land and its farmers as well as raising awareness of the lack and limitations of fair trade practices in the cacao industry.

Our aim is to help farmers in Ecuador to improve their livelihoods, we want to do this through direct trade. Around one hundred thousand families depend on cacao crops. Our dream is to raise the bar and see a real change in how the chocolate industry can help develop sustainable livelihoods for cocoa-farming communities

We believe in relationships and empowerment, not only to grow economically but in community. We believe in people. This is why we buy directly, to ensure the farmers get a fair price for their produce and in return we get fantastic cocoa beans to make delicious chocolate.

Our Values

  • Small Producer

  • Family-run Business

    Family-run Business

  • Support for Small Producers

    Support for Small Producers

  • All Organic Products

    All Organic Products

  • Slow Food Supporter

    Slow Food Supporter

  • Independent Company

    Independent Company

  • Supports a Developing Country or Community

    Supports Dev Country

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