Overview of our Ingredients

To obtain sustainable and high-quality cocoa, sugar, milk and nuts, Lindt & Sprüngli needs to know where the ingredients come from and who produces them. This ensures that our ingredients not only meet high quality standards, it also enables us to improve ethical and sustainability standards. Please find an overview of the most important ingredients as well as our packaging standards in the following.

Where We Stand with Sourcing Sustainable Ingredients

The majority of Lindt & Sprüngli’s ingredients are of pure natural origin. We go considerable lengths to ensure the sustainability of these ingredients. Tracing our ingredients back to their origin allows identifying the best ways of enabling local farmers and communities to improve their livelihoods.

Definition Of Sustainable Targets
100% Sustainable by
Cocoa Beans traceable & verified (own sourcing model - the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program ) 2020
Cocoa Butter traceable & segregated & verified 2020
Cocoa Powder traceable & segregated & verified 2020
Chocolate traceable & segregated & verified 2020
Cocoa (overall) ICCO conversion of above 2025
Hazelnuts (whole) from Turkish supplier sustainability program or other origins 2020
Hazelnuts (processed) from Turkish supplier sustainability program or other origins 2020
Palm (kernel/oil/fractions) RSPO certified (incl. mass balace) 2015
Palm excl. Russell Stover (kernel/oil/fractions) RSPO segregated 2015

Additional Information Regarding Our Ingredients and Nutrition

Allergies

Food allergies are adverse reactions triggered by the immune system to even the smallest amounts of specific proteins. An increasing number of customers suffer from allergies. For these customers a detailed list of all the ingredients used in food products is vital. Lindt & Sprüngli is aware of its responsibility to ensure that all ingredients, including minor concentrations of potential allergens such as hazelnuts and almonds, are clearly communicated to the customer via the ingredient list or the so-called allergen information. In general, there are no dedicated production lines for the many different chocolate specialties produced. Even after careful cleaning between the different production cycles, there remains some risk that traces of allergens may be found in the sequential production lot. Because of this, Lindt & Sprüngli notifies its customers by printing a warning on the label that, depending on the type of chocolate, the product may contain traces of specific allergens.

Fats

Lindt & Sprüngli exclusively uses cocoa butter in the production of its solid chocolate. Fillings may contain other vegetable fats such as palm oil or coconut oil. Milk fat is used in milk chocolate recipes or selected filling masses.

Nutritional Values

Nutritional values of all Lindt & Sprüngli products are labeled on the packaging in accordance to national and international laws. We increase transparency further by publishing information about ingredients and nutritional values online. We increase transparency further by publishing information about ingredients and nutritional values online.

Pesticides

Although the use of pesticides in the production of raw materials for chocolate is generally low, Lindt & Sprüngli monitors its chocolates on an on-going basis for more than 200 different pesticides. Cocoa trees are susceptible to specific diseases that are fought using pesticides in some areas. Through the Lindt & Sprüngli supported farmer trainings, the company and its project partners are able to promote – among other things – improved agricultural techniques that can reduce the use of pesticides in the cocoa production.

Volcanic Soils

All soil naturally contains cadmium. Cocoa trees take up cadmium from the soil accordingly – as do other plants such as cereals or vegetables. This is why our products may contain traces of cadmium. But eaten in such small quantities, they present no harm at all to health. An analysis of the cadmium content of cocoa beans forms an integral part of the quality control for our sourcing process. And the cocoa mass produced from cocoa beans and used for our products is also regularly checked for traces of cadmium. The limit values for cadmium content are set out in our product specifications, and the strict observance of the limits is checked on a regular basis. Lindt & Sprüngli complies with all applicable regulations and recommendations, such as those in the Codex Alimentarius.

Packaging Materials

Packaging and material efficiency is a very important and sensitive part of the production chain at Lindt & Sprüngli. Apart from being appealing to the consumer and detailing the contents, packaging needs to fulfill its essential function of efficiently protecting our delicate chocolate.