Our ‘Hearty Hawke’s Bay’ gift box series showcases the best of the Bay and features producers such as Aquiferra olive oil, Pinnacle Honey, Unison Wines, Maud and Harry’s spiced walnuts and chocolates by La Petite Chocolat.
Supporting local communities is a central to our philosophy. We Love Local donates one percent of every sale to the One Percent Collective, uses 100 percent renewable energy, both at its commercial storage space and home office, and only uses eco-friendly material in its gift boxes. We’re also on track to return half a million dollars to local economies by the end of 2021.
This philosophy aligns well with La Petite Chocolat, whose founders Sel and Asli Gider say they love to create a positive impact in their community with their chocolates.
It’s undeniable that chocolate brings a bit of magic into people’s lives, and helping share that feeling is what drives us. We value the human connection in everything we do and strive to offer an experience to people, staying away from being just another brand of chocolate on the shelf.Sel Gider — La Petite Chocolates
Locally owned and operated, La Petite Chocolates products are made with a commitment to nature and people using organic, fair trade and single-origin cacao. The Hastings business works with Kaoka, a market-leading French family business, which partners with almost 5,000 cocoa-farming families in Ecuador, São Tomé, Peru and the Dominican Republic. The farmers are supported to “renovate” their production, resulting in a higher price than the market average. As a result, both the quality and productivity are improved in the plantations, with growers earning a more sustainable income.
Sel believes there’s definitely an increased demand for ethically sourced products including chocolate, which has suffered from unethical farming and labour issues.
We’re working to change this, and tell the story of our cacao’s origins on our wrappers – which are compostable and made on-site at our premises.Sel Gider — La Petite Chocolates
We use environmentally friendly packaging for all our products and all our bars are wrapped in special home compostable packaging which also maintains the required barrier properties to protect the chocolate in the best possible way.