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Terry’s Chocolate Orange

How ethical and sustainable is Terry’s Chocolate Orange?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a brand of chocolate, scored for its sustainability and ethics by The Good Shopping Guide.  This brand scores below our ethical benchmark for this sector. Terry’s  Chocolate Orange has much to improve upon, but we have hope that we will see progress in the future.

If Terry’s Chocolate Orange applied for Ethical Accreditation, we would be more confident in the brand’s efforts to improve ethically. By doing applying for Ethical Accreditation, Terry’s Chocolate Orange would be subject to a more in-depth analysis from The Good Shopping Guide.

For more information regarding the ethical issues of this company, please visit the Ethical Chocolate sector report by The Good Shopping Guide and see how competitive brands score in our Ethical Chocolate Ratings Table.

What is Terry’s Chocolate Orange and what does it do?

A confectionary store called “Bayldon and Berry” in Bootham Bar, York, employed Joseph Terry in 1823, more than a century before the first chocolate orange was ever sold. Two years later, he and the new owner George Berry helped the company change its name to Terry & Berry. When Berry departed the company in 1828, the name was changed once more to “Joseph Terry and Company.” When Joseph Terry passed away in 1850, his sons and then his grandchildren and great-grandchildren received the business.

In York, England, in 1932, the renowned Chocolate Orange was first offered for sale. It was first known as the “Dessert Chocolate Orange” and came in a little box similar to the one used now. Terry’s Chocolate Apple was replaced by Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which was created in 1926, just six years earlier. The Chocolate Apple had a similar appearance to the Chocolate Orange, but its flavour was apple-flavored chocolate.

Where does Terry’s Chocolate Orange score well as a brand ethically?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange scores well in assessment categories such as: not supporting or directly contributing to Nuclear power or Genetic Modification, Political Donations, and Armaments.

How can Terry’s Chocolate Orange improve its ethical rating?

The Good Shopping Guide uses a variety of things to determine if a brand is considered ethical and suitable for Ethical Accreditation. Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s score in each of the assessed areas is calculated based on these principles. In order to improve its ethical rating, the brand can submit itself for Ethical Accreditation and act on the suggestions we will then make.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange has to make changes within the company. These changes include amending its bottom rating for our Organic criteria, as the brand has no organic products. Terry’s Chocolate Orange also receives a bottom rating for Animal Welfare, as well as a lack of Fairtrade products among other things.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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