Meet the Newest Member of the Family: Sweet Street
You may have noticed that recently, MAD Greens started offering Sweet Street Desserts as a yummy way to finish your meal with us. Why did we make this switch, you ask? It's simple (just like the ingredient list on your new dessert). Sweet Street is passionate about only using pure, sustainable ingredients and its products are always free of GMOs, additives and artificial colors and made with only pure cane sugar, hormone-free dairy and cage-free eggs. The company even carries over 35 different non-GMO chocolates! MAD Greens is proud to offer one of Sweet Street's most popular chocolate treatsthe Peruvian Chocolate Brownie, alongside other new desserts like Toffee Crunch Blondie, Chewy Marshmallow Bar and the Salted Caramel Cookie.
As the demand for transparency continues to rise, it's important for restaurants and guests alike to know the origins of their ingredients. Last summer, Sweet Street CEO and Founder, Sandy Solmon, traveled to family-owned coffee and chocolate plantations in Peru to see first-hand how Sweet Streets support of sustainable chocolate impacts local economies and the lives of farmers and their families. Peruvian cocoa production has been steadily climbing over the past 10 years and the country is likely to enter the ranks of the top 10 global cocoa producers in the coming years, according to a 2014 report by the US Department of Agriculture. As the countrys output grows to keep pace with rising demand for sustainable chocolate, the pressure on local producers increases.
It is a hard life powered by passion for the land, said Solomon after visiting one cacao plantation. Sweet Street also works with its suppliers to maintain ongoing sustainability programs with farmers. For example, also growing on the 15-acre farm was coffee, sugar cane and a variety of fruits including mangos, avocados, pineapple and six kinds of bananas. "The wide range of crops help keep the soil fertile and the area free of pests," explained Solomon.
Original article appeared in SmartBrief: http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/03/sweet-street-ceo-story-behind-sustainable-chocolate-sourcing