OCHO is committed to ethical and sustainable practices from bean to bar.
Our chocolates are minimally processed to perfection with minimal ingredients to maximise the cocoa beans taste. Grown in the pacific and crafted in Dunedin, OCHO really does have pure chocolate. All our bars are made with beans from a specific farm or farmer cooperative, but we still call ourselves bean to bar rather than farm to bar.
At OCHO we like to keep our sources as transparent and traceable as we can. One thing we certainly don’t do is blend beans across countries because what we love most about our beans is that the taste changes so much depending on where the beans come from.
At face value, single-origin may be a marketing tool for some companies and perhaps a flavour guide to consumers, but it's true essence is as a principle connecting the people who grow the beans and the makers who craft the chocolate. It’s a way of keeping the process honest by ensuring people and place are central every step of the way. At the end of the day, we can only take half of the credit for the flavour of our award-winning chocolate - the rest belongs to the people, the trees, and the soil of the Pacific Islands, proudly stamped on the back of every OCHO chocolate bar.
The growers are a crucial part of OCHO. We are supporting local economy in the Pacific, directly improving the lives of our partner growers and processors.
What we do for growers
OCHO is minimising its carbon footprint. This is being achieved by purchasing local ingredients that have been ethically sourced, making changes to adapt when knowledge is brought to OCHO about potential damage to the planet.
What we do for the planet
- Sourcing compostable packaging
- Buying from local suppliers in Dunedin where possible, if that isn’t achievable then suppliers from New Zealand
- Sourcing the beans from as close to New Zealand as possible, boosting the Pacific Islands economy, while also reducing as much carbon footprint as possible.