Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program
At Lindt & Sprüngli we care. Not just about the quality of our chocolate – but our farmers and their communities too. That is why we founded our Farming Program. This incredible program allowed us to implement a traceability and verification system for every cocoa bean to ensure that we only ever use the finest ingredients in our chocolate. At the same time, we are able to work directly with our cocoa farmers to help them – and their communities – thrive. We are proud to be a bean to bar producer and will continue to use our passion for chocolate to help build a fairer, more sustainable, world.
How We Select Our Cocoa Beans
At Lindt & Sprüngli we are dedicated to selecting and blending only the finest, sustainably sourced, cocoa beans from the top cocoa growing regions around the world.
The flavour of a cocoa bean depends on a number of factors, including: where it grows, the time of year, the environment and the harvesting process. We see the beauty in the uniqueness of every cocoa bean and proudly nurture our treasured ingredients in accordance with their individual needs.
Our chocolate is the result of years of dedication; finessing the formulas for our recipes – which will always remain a closely guarded secret. We have honed the art of chocolate making, creating masterpieces that deliver chocolate perfection every single time.
Finest cocoa, by the numbers
Number of cocoa beans it takes to create a pound of chocolate.
Average number of cocoa beans in a single cocoa pod.
Approximate number of cocoa beans a cocoa tree produces annually.
3 Fundamentals for Flourishing Cocoa Trees
Lindt & Sprüngli’s bean to bar journey begins at the farm. This is where we ensure that the cocoa trees have the ideal conditions to help them flourish and produce the finest quality cocoa beans for our luxury chocolate:
Warm weather: cocoa trees thrive in high temperatures – ideal conditions range between 18 to 32 degrees celsius.
Substantial rainfall: hydration through rainfall is the most important climatic factor for strong cocoa tree growth.
Plenty of shade: cocoa trees flourish in their natural environment – the Amazonian rainforest – where they are surrounded by natural shade.
“The unique taste of Lindt chocolate comes from the careful selection and blending of high-quality cocoa beans from the world’s best regions.”
-Lindt Maître Chocolatiers
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