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Halo Top

How ethical is Halo Top?

Halo Top is an Ice Cream brand which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Ice Cream Ratings Table.

Although Halo Top has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future. We would have extra confidence in Halo Top if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

Find out more about the ethical issues facing the Ice Cream sector and see how other brands score in our Ethical Ice Cream Ratings Table.

What does Halo Top do?

Halo Top is an ice cream brand owned by Ferrero S.p.A.. Halo Top is marketed as a ‘light’ ice cream with lower calories than most other ice cream brands and has been available since 2017.

In which areas does Halo Top perform poorly?

Despite Halo Top’s progress, there is still room for improvement. Halo Top was marked down under our criteria for Vegetarian and Organic due to a lack of certification.

Halo Top was marked down under our criteria for GMO and Palm Oil, as the brand uses both in its products. Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Halo Top’s record

Ferrero has faced numerous criticisms in the past relating to poor treatment of its workers and possible use of child labour. Ferrero was also named by Break Free From Plastic as South America’s third worst plastic polluter. In 2022 a complaint was filed against Ferrero relating to E. Coli and Salmonella outbreaks, and Foodwatch France lists seven offences of endangering the lives of others.

In which areas does Halo Top score well for its ethics?


Halo Top’s parent company, Ferrero, has a Sustainability Report with targets for carbon emissions and packaging, which also includes evidence of progress.

Halo Top scores well for Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare and Armaments due to a lack of criticisms across these criteria.

How can Halo Top improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Halo Top is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Ice Cream Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Halo Top has some issues to resolve, including its lack of certification for Organic and Vegetarian products.


If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Halo Top some guidance to improve on these areas.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to attain Ethical Accreditation, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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GSG category benchmark


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


  • Public Record Criticisms+


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