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Hazelnuts - A Key Raw Material for Our Chocolate

Hazelnuts are a key raw material for our chocolate products. In 2023, 99.9% of Turkish hazelnuts were sourced through sustainability programs.

The Origin of Our Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are a key raw material for Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate products. We source them primarily from Italy and Türkiye. The supply chain in the Turkish Black Sea region, where approximately 70% of the world’s hazelnut harvest originates, has high risks related to labor conditions such as the health and safety of farm workers, child labor, and seasonal workers’ working and accommodation conditions. We collaborate closely with our Turkish suppliers to implement programs to improve the economic, agricultural, social, and environmental sustainability of hazelnut sourcing. We have long-term relationships with selected suppliers and a stable farmer base. 

The Traceability of Our Hazelnuts

Our hazelnut sourcing model is based on long-term relationships with select suppliers and a stable farmer base. All our Turkish suppliers are members of the Fair Labor Association (FLA Our hazelnut sourcing model in Turkey is based on long-term relationships with selected suppliers and a stable base of farmers. It rests on four pillars:

  1. Traceability of our hazelnuts – our nuts are physically separated from conventional supply in the supply chain.
  2. Training of farmers in good agricultural, environmental, and social practices, along with practical training in model gardens.
  3. Investments for farmers and their communities improving farmer and farm workers living conditions, such as enhancing their accommodations and offering health services.
  4. Independent verification of our program