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The cocoa in Nutella®

A masterful blend of selected beans, processed by ourselves

We buy only raw cocoa beans, carefully selecting them directly in their country of origin. Over the years, we have developed decades of experience in the processing of cocoa beans and have created the best blends possible to get that special aroma and unique taste of Nutella®.

The cocoa in Nutella®

Let's talk about the cocoa in Nutella®

We select only quality cocoa beans

The cocoa we use to make Nutella® comes mainly from West Africa.
The cocoa pods, which contain the beans, are harvested throughout the whole year. Once the ripe fruits have been harvested, they are opened to remove the beans.

The fresh beans are then left to ferment in large heaps in the harvesting areas, preferably under banana leaves. This phase lasts about a week, and is very important because this is where the aromatic precursors of cocoa develop.

Our secret? We created the best blend possible to obtain that specific flavour that makes the Nutella® taste so unique.

We transform the beans ourselves into cocoa powder

The cocoa powder is obtained by processing raw cocoa beans in a multi-phase transformation process that is carried out in our factories. We start with the drying phase, followed by the shelling: the beans are put into a large mill that separates the edible part to be ground (nibs) from the husk.

The ground nibs are then treated with alkali and roasted in order to bring out their flavour and colour. Then we grind them into the cocoa mass that is subsequently pressed to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa "cake".

Lastly, after breaking out the cocoa "cake", we obtain the cocoa powder that we use in the preparation of Nutella®.

Where does your cocoa come from?

The cocoa used in Nutella® originates mainly from the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Ferrero processes the raw cocoa beans to produce cocoa powder directly in its factories.

How does the cocoa used for the production of Nutella® affect the environment?

Ferrero signed the Frameworks for Action to end deforestation and restore forest areas in the cocoa producing countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. As a part of these Frameworks in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the chocolate and cocoa industry will put in place verifiable monitoring systems in order to trace the cocoa from the farms to the factory. The industry will also work with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to ensure an effective national framework for traceability for all traders in the supply chain. At the same time, Ferrero remains dedicated to its ongoing work to map 100% of its cocoa supply chain, as well as to its partnerships to improve the livelihood of farmers and their communities with partners like Save the Children and Fairtrade & Cooperative Union ECOOKIM.

Child labour is widespread in the cocoa plantations of West Africa. What is your position on this issue?

In line with its Business Conduct Code, Ferrero confirms its firm intention of contributing to the eradication of child labour, particularly of its most detrimental forms, as well as of all types of slavery, forced and penal labour. Ferrero's Business Conduct Code is based on the ILO Convention 138 concerning the minimum age for admission to employment, as well as on the ILO Convention 182 regarding the worst forms of child labour. Ferrero ensures that its suppliers comply with the principles of the above-mentioned Code. Ferrero's Business Conduct Code is available at this web page. Find more about Ferrero’s position on child labour within the cocoa supply chain here.

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