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The route to chocolate – sourcing our cocoa

The route to chocolate – sourcing our cocoa

Chocolate is a true global food and has been used in a range of sweet and savoury dishes around the world for hundreds of years.

But whether you like your chocolate rich and bittersweet or smooth and milky, it always contains one key ingredient: cocoa.

Cocoa is derived from cocoa pods, which grow on cacao trees. Every pod contains dozens of large seeds, and when these are put through a special fermenting and drying process, they become cocoa beans.

Raw cocoa beans taste very bitter, but once they are roasted and ground they produce a chocolate liquid, made up of around 50% cocoa solids and 50% cocoa butter. Ferrero expertly blends these ingredients with others, such as milk, to create all our Ferrero, Nutella and Kinder ranges.

At Ferrero, the quality of the cocoa we use in our products really matters, and we ensure it is both sustainable and ethically sourced. The cocoa used in Ferrero products comes mainly from West Africa and Ecuador, and it passes the same requirements that we apply to all the ingredients we use. In fact, our quality standards are so strict that only 30% of the world’s cocoa production is able to meet the criteria required for our products.

As with other crops, cocoa harvests differ from year to year, which affects the quality. That’s why our expert sourcing team is constantly researching and adapting the blend of cocoa beans we use to guarantee the consistent quality and flavour that differentiates our products.

The way Ferrero does business with communities across the world matters too. As part of the Ferrero Farming Values programme, we are committed to supporting and improving cocoa farming sustainability. One of our key commitments is towards building a sustainable agricultural cocoa supply chain and to source 100% certified cocoa beans by the end of 2020.

Ferrero’s sustainability achievements in sourcing cocoa beans are independently certified – we work with UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and Fairtrade.

Ferrero also works in partnership with non-profit and farmer organisations to address agricultural, social, environmental and business issues in cocoa farming – bringing us even close to achieving our 2020 sourcing goal.

Through supporting ongoing local projects in regions where we work, we are able to guarantee sustainable cocoa production while also improving cocoa farmers’ living conditions and the well-being of their communities.

At the start of 2017, Ferrero entered a cooperative initiative with other leading global cocoa and chocolate companies to commit to working collaboratively to end deforestation and forest degradation across the global cocoa supply chain – just another example of how we are striving for a more responsible world.

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For more information about Ferrero’s sustainable approach to cocoa and other ingredients, read our CSR report here https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ferrero-static/globalcms/documenti/2533.pdf