First U.S. organic chocolate factory in Seattle

by Guest Contributor on September 21, 2006

in EcoFood, Fair Trade, Sustainable Lifestyle

TheoChocolateSeattle, WA boasts the first organic/fair-trade chocolate factory in the United States.

Theo Chocolate took over an old brewery in the Fremont district of the Pacific Northwest city last January. It is a small operation compared to its mega (non-organic) counterparts, which produce the confection for companies like Hershey’s and Nestle.

Theo founder, Joel Whinney not only wants to pursue the fine art of chocolate, but also wants to improve the lives of cocoa growers around the world.

Theo Chocolate is currently available at retail outlets on the west coast of the U.S., or you can download an order form off of their website.

Via The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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DangNabit September 21, 2006 at 8:55 pm

Dagoba chocolates in Oregon was the first Organic chocolate factory in the USA. They have been Organic since 2001.


simple September 21, 2006 at 9:30 pm

Dagoba is a great company but they do not make their own chocolate. they buy chocolate, melt it and make bars.


Doug September 22, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Technically, Dagoba came first, but looking at one of their wrappers, they say nothing about being fair-trade, at least not certified. Splitting hairs. Anyway, great to hear that the demand for organic/fair-trade chocolate is a healthy and growing one!


Kiki Kane May 6, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Hi Guys –

To clarify:
Theo is a Fair Trade and Organic certified _Roaster_ of Chocolate ie: we make chocolate from the raw bean.

At this time, all our Fair trade and organic certified brothers and sisters are buying chocolate from Europe or Origin country that has already been…. made into chocolate! They are melting down the liquor or couverture, adding their own special ingredients, and selling it under their brand name.

Making chocolate is a difficult and time consuming process! It takes a lot of time and effort to make chocolate from scratch, and we are proud of our hard work!



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