Dutch chocolate and confectionery company, Tony’s Chocolonely, has a clear vision – that all chocolate worldwide, not just their own, should be made without the use of slave labour.
They therefore needed a supplier of freeze-dried fruits that could meet their sustainability objectives, by guaranteeing the very highest ethical standards, with full traceability back to source.
If our research and development team could match the rapid pace of their NPD programme, all the better!
We were able to reassure the Tony’s team that the careful selection, risk assessment and auditing of each partner in our supply chain is the cornerstone of our quality assurance process.
Moreover, individual growers, processors and packers must all meet our rigorous standards of environmental and social responsibility.
They need to be capable too of meeting the regulatory requirements of the country or countries where the final product will be sold.
We invited Tony’s NPD team to visit our factory in Saumur, France, introduced our products and explained how they can work in application. We shared ideas and developed a number of potential solutions.
Today our freeze-dried raspberry, cherry, lemon, orange and pineapple are being used in no fewer than six of Tony Chocolonely’s chocolate bars, and the number is growing.
The speed of our response is enabling the Tony’s team to consider the introduction of seasonal products for Christmas and Easter.