Sacred Chocolate VS Mars


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  • Chocolate native to mexico has been cultivated for at least 3 millenia in that region Cacao used originally in mesoamerica- beverage and ingredient for food Dates back to before Olmec -industrial revolution, dutch brought about hard, bars of chocolate
  • Since 1999 in San Rafael, Sacred Steve has been making chocolate in the same manner as the Aztecs. Using only Ecuadorian beans, Sacred Chocolate is the only chocolate manufacturer that leaves the skin on the cacao beans for added nutrients.
  • What does it mean? sustainable farming practices democratic decision making within the farming community no forced child laborers, pass health and safety requirements Workers receive "decent" wages
  • Sacred Chocolate VS Mars

    1. 1. CHOCOLATE! <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate vs. Mars </li></ul>
    2. 2. A History of Chocolate
    3. 3. Who They Are <ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Started 1920 in Minneapolis Minnesota, family-run chocolate company </li></ul><ul><li>expanded to include 100 companies covering pet foods, bug sprays and chewing gums. </li></ul><ul><li>very secretive (based in same town as the CIA.) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Who They Are <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>1999 in San Rafael, Sacred Steve founder- superfoods- fanatic </li></ul><ul><li>makes chocolate in the same manner as the Aztecs. </li></ul><ul><li>Only manufacturer that leaves the skin on the cacao beans for added nutrients. </li></ul><ul><li>Raw, certified organic, Vegan, Kosher and Halal </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where the Chocolate Comes From <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Ecuador, from a single source. Buying from one farmer in one community. Ecuadorian beans are said to be the most superior. </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Mars cacao beans are bought from Ecuador, Brazil, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, and Ghana. </li></ul>CACAO
    6. 6. Ingredients- Sacred Chocolate <ul><li>Cacao beans </li></ul><ul><li>cacao butter </li></ul><ul><li>maple sugar (more authentic and natural than corn syrup or even processed sugar cane. ) </li></ul><ul><li>vanilla </li></ul><ul><li>as well as other ingredients depending on flavor such as medicinal mushrooms and ginger </li></ul>
    7. 7. Ingredients- Mars <ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar </li></ul><ul><li>chocolate processed with alkali </li></ul><ul><li>cocoa butter </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil </li></ul><ul><li>milkfat </li></ul><ul><li>Soy lecithin </li></ul><ul><li>Artificial and natural flavors </li></ul><ul><li>milk </li></ul><ul><li>Corn syrup </li></ul><ul><li>Cornstarch </li></ul>
    8. 8. FAIR Trade Sacred Chocolate is Mars isn’t
    9. 9. How They Make It <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Aztecs methods </li></ul><ul><li>Beans not fermented </li></ul><ul><li>Skins are left on for added fiber and nutrients (raw) </li></ul><ul><li>Handmade and prayed over </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Beans harvested off rainforest floor after fermenting </li></ul><ul><li>Cacao bean skins removed </li></ul>Neither company allows visitors to tour
    10. 10. Who Pays the Price? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer (higher cost of product) </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Animal testing </li></ul><ul><li>Child labor </li></ul><ul><li>Small companies (getting bought out) </li></ul><ul><li>Consumers- (forced to eat an inferior product) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Who Do They Employ? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul>
    12. 12. What it Means For Local Communities <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Works with only one source </li></ul><ul><li>Fair trade- company has a rapport w/ farmers, who’re getting fair wages, benefitting entire community of farmers (Consistency) </li></ul><ul><li>5% of all proceeds donated to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Creating more trees </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Because cocao beans come from multiple sources, there’s no sense of commitment between company and the farmers </li></ul><ul><li>They buy from wherever’s cheap- doesn’t provide long-term benefits for farming communities </li></ul>
    13. 13. How Does it Get to Me? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Raw Cacao is purchased directly from farmers in Ecuador from a single source limiting environmental impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate is manufactured in a carbon balanced factory, and the final product is only available for purchase directly from the manufacturer. </li></ul>
    14. 14. How Does it Get to Me? <ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>All ingredients are purchased according to lowest cost. </li></ul><ul><li>Forces company to purchase each ingredient from a different source. </li></ul><ul><li>Minimizes production cost, but maximizes environmental impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Food is manufactured in one factory, and globally distributed into the consumers hands. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Where Can we Get it? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>available online directly from the manufacturer, </li></ul><ul><li>Select health food stores </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>ANY WHERE YOU WANT </li></ul>
    16. 16. Is It Sustainable To Consume? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Very sustainable to consume for the consumer, producer, farmer, environment and community </li></ul><ul><li>Produce in a carbon balanced factory </li></ul><ul><li>Raw Cacao is the most nutrient rich and complex food know to man. </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Not at the moment and probably never. </li></ul><ul><li>UTZ? Fair Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Not healthy for consumer, </li></ul><ul><li>widely distributed = oil </li></ul><ul><li>Slave labor </li></ul><ul><li>Crushes small businesses </li></ul>
    17. 17. How Does Chocolate Affect my Community? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy product that is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports local chocolate businesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Mars </li></ul><ul><li>Health risks from consuming unhealthy food </li></ul>
    18. 18. Which is Better? <ul><li>Sacred Chocolate: Sustainably harvested and distributed, fair trade, organic, healthy, and ethical business practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Mars Chocolate: low consumer and producer costs, unfair treatment of laborers, unhealthy product, economic bully, and global distribution. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Works Cited <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Zwiebach- Sales Manager Sacred Chocolate </li></ul><ul><li>Food Scientist at Mars </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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