To tease its customers' taste buds, KLM has from 26 August, been offering its World Business Class passengers a new, more sustainable version of the famous chocolate houses.
The cocoa used which comes from farms in Panama that participate in the CO2OL Tropical Mix project in which KLM invests, is not only has a tasty, but also an environmentally friendly tale.
The CO2OL Tropical Mix project combines reforestation activities with cocoa production and forms part of KLM’s CO2ZERO service. For the past ten years, this service has enabled passengers to compensate for their CO2 emissions by investing in a CO2 reduction project.
In addition to CO2 storage, the CO2OL Tropical Mix project also provides for the small-scale, sustainable production of cocoa and wood, creating more jobs for the local population.
The chocolate derived from this project is UTZ certified, thanks to –among other things- sustainable management techniques, including planting shade trees and using multiple cacao species.
The chocolate company Barry Callebaut imports the cocoa from Bocas del Toro and turns it into different chocolate pastes in Belgium while Dutch chocolatier Visser then heats, cools, shapes and packs the chocolate.