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Cocoa Products

High quality cocoa is at the heart of our chocolate. Cocoa is our most important raw material, and we aim to source it responsibly. That's why we developed our own sustainability program for cocoa, the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. In 2023, we sourced more than 72% of our cocoa products – beans, butter, powder, and chocolate mass – through the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program or other sustainability programs.

From Bean to Bar

Lindt & Sprüngli is one of the few chocolate manufacturers which produces its own cocoa mass from the cocoa beans we source. This allows us to oversee the entire production process – from the selection and sourcing of cocoa beans to the production of cocoa mass (also called cocoa liquor) and the finished product (“from bean to bar”).

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program

Lindt & Sprüngli has launched the Farming Program in Ghana in 2008 and has expanded the Program to the following cocoa producing countries: Côte d‘Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Peru. Through the Farming Program, we aim to contribute to creating decent and resilient livelihoods for cocoa farmers and their families and to encourage more sustainable farming practices. Since the Farming Program launch in 2008, it has expanded to 131,000 farmers and 990 field staff. We have decided to implement our own Program - for the following reasons: 

  • Our direct involvement and overview enables strategic supplier engagement and capacity building, flexibility to adapt the Program to local needs and contexts, and insights and learning to inform continuous improvement.

  • Our sourcing model targets all our cocoa and is not limited to single end-consumer products or product groups.

  • The farmers, their families and the communities are a focus of our efforts. We want to ensure that wherever feasible they benefit directly from our financial support.

Diversity of Cocoa Varieties

Compared to the global harvest, Lindt & Sprüngli uses an exceptionally high percentage of fine flavor cocoa bean varieties. The company has a major interest in a rich variety of cocoa beans and high availability of fine-flavor beans. Lindt & Sprüngli therefore supports efforts to preserve the diversity of cocoa varieties in Latin America – the fine-flavor bean’s origin – and fosters the research and development of new productive and disease-resistant fine-flavor cocoa varieties.

We support the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) to maintain an in-house quality laboratory. We further renewed our partnership with the Cocoa Research Center of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, which holds the largest cocoa collection in the world. Such projects serve not only the quality assurance in the service of customers, but also the diversity of cocoa varieties - and they ensure higher yields for cocoa farmers.

Cocoa Butter and other Cocoa Products

Cocoa butter is a crucial ingredient in chocolate production. In accordance with our aim for cocoa beans, we have also set a goal to purchase cocoa butter made from beans from sustainability programs. To accomplish this, we rely on a segregation approach, which means that all of the beans from sustainability programs are processed separately from conventional beans. Our goal is to have 100% of our cocoa butter sourced through sustainability programs by 2025.

In 2022, we also extended our Farming Program to include cocoa powder. More than 30% of our cocoa powder was sourced through the Farming Program or other sustainability programs in 2023.  

Our overall goal is to source 100% of cocoa products – beans, butter, powder, and chocolate mass – through the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program or other sustainability programs by 2025