Cacao must be of good quality, meaning that it is properly fermented and does not contain any defects, mold, contamination or off-flavors such as excessive bitterness, astringency, acidity or smoke.
List fermentation and processing details on product profile.
Provide a third party quality assessment in the review section and or photo section of product profile.*
Provide at least 1 reference on the product profile, i.e., a quality or experience review or a link to an end product of a current buyer. See Crowd-vetting for more information about how to add these reviews.
Any international contracts must clearly indicate the agreed volumes, quality, price, payment terms and delivery condition.
*Yellow Seed is exploring the option of coordinating the quality assessment requirement. For more information or to participate as an evaluator, please email us at hello [at] yellow-seed.org
Add additional reviews to the product profile to support vetting.
Link any end products to the product profile to support matchmaking.
Add tags and keyword filters to improve search.
Apply price standards that reflect a healthy living wage** for all employees.
We recommend compliance with the guide and protocols outlined in the Chocolate and Cocoa Industry Quality Requirements.
Work to reduce presence of pesticides, mycotoxins, cadmium, polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), microbiological contamination, salmonella or other foreign matter in cacao product.
*Some commitments are “Encouraged” rather than “Required” because of challenges to verification. Yellow Seed does not yet have the capacity or partnerships to account fully for all farm practices.
** See Resources for Pricing for more information how to access a healthy living wage.