Our Cocoa

Our Cocoa

Our Commitment

Ferrero is committed to work towards a responsible cocoa supply chain. We collaborate with recognized certification schemes such as the Rainforest Alliance, our suppliers, industry partners and NGOs as part of our cocoa sustainability program, known as the Ferrero Farming Values Cocoa Programme. Through this, we aim to drive positive long-term change for farmers, their families and their communities.

Our cocoa

Knowing the source our Cocoa

Our cocoa comes mainly from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, two countries that together account for more than 60% of world cocoa production. We use complex tracing systems, including technology that allows us to map farms and sourcing areas as well as programmes on the ground. This also helps us in our commitment to ending deforestation, conduct trainings for farmers in good agricultural practices and drive lasting, positive change in local communities.

Basic requirements and beyond

Basic Requirements
and Beyond

As of January 2021, 100% of the cocoa sourced for Ferrero products is verified as sustainable by independently managed schemes such as the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and others. Sourcing sustainable cocoa and ensuring traceability are basic requirements of Ferrero’s approach. Ferrero goes beyond by implementing various initiatives aimed at improving farmer livelihoods, protecting children’s rights, and safeguarding the environment.

Partnership

Partnerships for progress

Ferrero is a long-time member of the World Cocoa Foundation and the International Cocoa Initiative and a founding member of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative aimed at ending deforestation. In 2020, Ferrero announced its intention to support two public-private initiatives, the Child Learning and Education Facility (CLEF), and the Early Learning and Nutrition Facility (ELAN), that aim to promote quality education and early childhood development for over 6 million children in Ivory Coast.

Cocoa

Improving the sustainability of our Cocoa

The journey from the farms where our cocoa is grown and harvested, through to consumers enjoying our delicious products is a long one. During each step of our cocoa journey, we are present alongside our partners to ensure that the cocoa sourced meets our high standards and we are dedicated to continuously improving the environmental and social sustainability of cocoa production.

OUR COCOA

WHERE IT’S GROWN

Our cocoa comes mainly from the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Cocoa is a fruit derived from cocoa pods, which grow on cocoa trees. Every pod contains 30-40 large seeds – known as cocoa beans.

Cocoa

Tracing our cocoa
to the farm

Ferrero achieves very high traceability of its cocoa from farms to consumers. This is due to its distinctive approach of sourcing the far majority of its cocoa as raw beans, keeping them separate, and then processing them in Ferrero’s own plants. As such, we know which farms the cocoa comes from, which helps to identify issues and drive positive change on the ground together with cooperatives and farmers. 

Supporting woman

Supporting Women and Empowering Communities

Women in cocoa growing communities are key agents not only for economic, environmental and social change but importantly for ensuring the protection of children. We support women’s empowerment and reduce gender inequality through our targeted programmes and partnerships. To date, with Ferrero’s support, already hundreds of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) have been established, providing thousands of women with access to small loans to support entrepreneurial activities and training to set up and manage a business.

OUR COCOA

HOW IT’S GROWN

The vast majority of the world’s cocoa is grown by smallholder farmers, who are faced by the challenges that cocoa trees require the right conditions to flourish. Water and fertilizer are essential and the farmer must protect the trees from disease and stress. We are committed to supporting cocoa farmers in adopting sustainable agricultural practices.

Diversyfing farm income

Supporting Farmers

Improving cocoa productivity is important for farmers as it will support them in earning more income. All farmers under the Ferrero Farming Values Cocoa programme receive a price premium for their produce. Training for sustainable cocoa production is popular amongst farmers and Ferrero supports investments in these farmer Field Schools to recruit technicians for trainings on good agricultural and environmental practices.

Supporting Farmers

Diversifying farm income

Cocoa doesn’t provide an income year-round and by itself, often it isn’t sufficient to provide farmers a decent standard of living. Ferrero supports farmers to diversify their income by planting other crops on their farm such as fruit and timber trees, beekeeping and honey production as well as livestock farming and by setting up income generating activities off-farm. 

Our Cocoa

AFTER IT’S HARVESTED

The cocoa beans are harvested twice per year. They are then removed from the shells and left to ferment in heaps under banana leaves for a week. This allows the aromatic precursors of the cocoa to develop. During the next seven days they are dried in the tropical sun. Both the fermentation and drying is often done by women, while men usually take care of the cocoa production, harvest and sales.

Quality checks

Quality checks

Cocoa harvests differ from year to year and so does the quality and characteristics of the crop. We use our experience to define the best blends to ensure the quality and delicious taste of Ferrero Rocher. The farmers bring their cocoa in jute bags to the nearby purchasing point, often a small warehouse. This is where the beans will undergo their first of many quality checks until they arrive at our factories.

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