Next week, winds permitting, 24,000 bars of hand-pressed chocolate will arrive in the United Kingdom port of Portsmouth. Sailing on the 105 foot-long wooden brigantine Tres Hombres, the 100 gram (3.5 ounces) bars of Gru Grococo bar will retail for £12.95, or $21 in stores. But the most expensive bar on both sides of the pond will also be the world’s truly carbon neutral chocolate.

The partnership between Fairtransport, the Dutch company that owns the Tres Hombres, Rococo Chocolates and the Grenada Chocolate Company seeks to transform the shipping industry. While most industry groups and government agencies insist that transport is only one small part of a food product’s carbon footprint, Fairtransport believes that the only responsible and sustainable way to haul goods across oceans is by sail. The Tres Hombres makes several trips a year from ports in the Caribbean to New York, the Azores, United Kingdom and finally in the Netherlands. With the chocolate industry in peril, could the Gru Rococo highlight the challenges the cocoa industry faces in the very near future?

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The Grenada Chocolate Company is making the $21 carbon neutral chocolate bar

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.