Cocoa is often grown in countries with difficult living and working conditions. To tackle these challenges, Lindt & Sprüngli is committed to sustainable cocoa cultivation. More specifically: Lindt & Sprüngli focuses on the diversity of cocoa trees, high-quality beans and better working and living-conditions for cocoa farmers.

Cocoa Pod-Lindt & Sprüngli

The causes of poverty among cocoa farmers are complex. Small cultivation areas, low productivity, a lack of rural infrastructure, institutional and governmental challenges, as well as high input and transportation costs challenge the incomes of cocoa farming households. To tackle these challenges, Lindt & Sprüngli is committed to close cooperation with cocoa farmers and improving their livelihoods within the framework of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. To ensure the long-term supply of fine flavor cocoa and higher yields for cocoa farmers, Lindt & Sprüngli also fosters research in cocoa varieties.

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.