Gourmet Irish chocolatier Butlers Chocolate is bringing a new range of premium organic chocolate bars to the UK.

The Dublin-based company will initially launch the range of 100g organic bars into specialist independents in flavours of milk chocolate, 70% dark chocolate, white chocolate with raspberry, and milk chocolate with orange pieces (rsp: £1.95 each). The bars, which are made using chocolate sourced from the Dominican Republic, have been certified as organic by the Soil Association.

"We hope Butlers' customers will appreciate the additional organic choice when it comes to selecting chocolates for daily enjoyment or gifts," said marketing director Aisling Walsh.

Chocolate producers are competing for a share of the premium chocolate market. Nestlé brought out its Heaven brand this year, while Green & Black's announced it would be upping the amount of cocoa solids in its dark chocolate bars from 70%

to 85%.