What would a chocolate be without his cocoa? Right, nothing! The unique chocolate coating not only gives nucao its tart taste, but also its unique texture. But where does cocoa actually come from originally and who makes sure that we are regularly provided with the finest cocoa mass? We will now get to the bottom of these questions.
Our cooperative in Peru
We obtain our cocoa mass - with the help of our importer, of course - from the Naranjillo farmers' cooperative in the Huánuco region of Peru. The members and owners of the cooperative are small farming families who run their own farms.
The cooperative Naranjillo was founded in 1964 and is one of the oldest and largest cooperatives in Peru. The cooperative now has modern facilities for the production of semi-finished products, so that the farmers have moved from the former export of cocoa beans to the export of semi-finished products. What does this mean? We do not buy the cocoa beans as a raw product, but the processed cocoa mass, which is ground directly on site by other employees of the farmers' cooperative. This additional income can be used directly by the cooperative to finance training for the farmers or to invest in better infrastructure in rural areas.
Added value on site
So when we buy ready-made products such as cocoa nibs, cocoa butter and cocoa liqueur, we contribute to the growth of the cooperative as a business and promote community development. By processing locally, the community gains direct benefits and younger generations in particular have more opportunities to shape their future without having to leave their home communities.
Each farming family owns an average of 2.5 hectares of farms. Besides cocoa, cassava, bananas, papaya and beans are also grown on the land. According to the cooperative, with which we are in close contact, about 60 smallholder families were able to benefit last year through our cooperation and the purchase of the cocoa mass.
Sustainable. Organic. Fair.
The cooperative runs both an ecological and a conventional programme. Our farmers are part of the sustainable organic program. The goal of the program is to make the region organic by providing incentives for 100% and to offer a premium product that is organic and environmentally friendly. Through efficient practices from planning to post-harvest, the farmers:innen can increase their production from 900 tons per hectare to 1500 tons per hectare and receive regular technical support and training.
The 'Control Union Fair Choice' seal
The Naranjillo Cooperative also has CU Fair Choice certification. This certification guarantees that a company has committed itself to sustainable development and improvement of social conditions. All companies along the supply chain must be certified. The social criteria on working conditions for workers (e.g. in the processing of cocoa mass) include aspects such as compliance with the maximum working hours, exclusion of forced labour and safe working conditions.