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The home of fairtrade chocolate

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The Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association, set up in conjunction with the British chocolate company Green & Black’s, became the world’s first fairtrade cacao producers in 1993, and the product of this partnership, Maya Gold chocolate, is now sold internationally. 2007 marked the first ever Cacao Festival (whttp://www.toledochocolate.com), which has quickly established itself as an annual fixture in the town’s calendar. Local business has also profited, with several home-grown brands of chocolate springing up in the district. A great example is the Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory on Front St, which offers a complimentary tasting session and guided tour of their tiny workshop.

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