Cocoa in brief
Why do we use it?
Cocoa is a fundamental ingredient in our chocolate products. Its unique combination of intense flavour and aroma, along with its versatility enables it to form the basis of our dark, milk and white chocolate products. This key ingredient originates from the cocoa plant tree, which produces cocoa pods. Inside each fruit are dozens of large seeds which as a result of a fermenting and drying process become cocoa beans. The beans are processed to create cocoa paste, cocoa butter and cocoa powder – all of which are used in Ferrero products.
Where do we get it from?
At Ferrero, we are committed to making sure our cocoa is sustainable and ethically sourced, and we strive to meet the highest quality standards. Only 30% of world cocoa production satisfies our strict quality standards, with the cocoa used in Ferrero products sourced from West Africa and Ecuador. As with any other agricultural product, cocoa harvests differ year to year impacting the characteristics of the crop. We constantly research the best possible blend of cocoa beans to ensure the consistent quality and flavour that differentiates our products.
How do we address quality and sustainability?
As part of our Ferrero Farming Values programme, we are committed to supporting and improving cocoa farming sustainability. One of our key commitments towards building a sustainable agricultural cocoa supply chain is to source 100% certified cocoa beans by the end of 2020. In 2015/2016, Ferrero consumed more than 120,000 tonnes of cocoa beans, of which 44% was certified as sustainable cocoa, in line with our predicted target. We also source sustainable cocoa beans with the following certification standards: UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and Fairtrade.
To help achieve the 2020 sourcing goal, Ferrero collaborates with non-profit and farmer organizations to address agricultural, social, environmental and business issues in cocoa farming. Ferrero also supports ongoing local projects to ensure sustainable cocoa production, whilst improving cocoa farmers’ living conditions and the well-being of their communities.