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The Hunt for Fair Trade Easter Eggs

5th April, 2012 - Posted by Zarah Patriana - 4 Comments

Easter is the third most popular chocolate-consuming holiday in the U.S. behind Halloween and Valentine’s Day and there is arguably no more popular product this season than Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs.

And while Cadbury has demonstrated its commitment to ending forced child labor on the West African cocoa industry by selling Fair Trade certified chocolates in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the same cannot be said of Cadbury chocolate products in the United States.

Why?

In 1988, the Hershey Company purchased Cadbury’s US chocolate business, including the exclusive rights to make and sell well-known brands like York Peppermint Patties, Cadbury Crème Eggs, and Cadbury Solid Milk Chocolate Bunnies.

Unfortunately, the Hershey Company refuses to meet the standard set by Cadbury’s overseas operations, even though hundreds of thousands of US consumers have called on Hershey to raise the bar and remove forced child labor as an ingredient in its products. These same consumers are eager to purchase treats for their families that align with their values.

The Raise the Bar Hershey Coalition has started a petition urging Hershey’s and Cadbury to offer Fair Trade Chocolate Easter eggs. Join over 5,000 people who have already signed the petition and get slave labor our of our Easter baskets and sign the petition today. 

If you’ve already signed the petition, be sure to share it with your friends. We need more voices!

For more ways to make your Spring a Fair Trade one, see some tips from our Fair Trade campaign.
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Press Release: Raise the Bar Coalition to Hershey and Cadbury: Get Child Slave Labor out of our Easter Baskets
Petition: Tell Cadbury and Hershey to offer Fair Trade Chocolates for Easter in the US!

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