hazelnuts. Roasted at the very last moment.
Hazelnuts are one of the carefully selected ingredients used to prepare some of our most loved products, like Kinder Bueno & Kinder Schoko-Bons. We start with whole hazelnuts and roast them at the very last moment to retain their optimal flavour for our recipes.
Experts in selecting and roasting the hazelnuts
Over the years we have developed deep expertise in selecting and processing hazelnuts.
We only source whole, shelled and un-toasted hazelnuts and we take a lot of care in selecting them and monitoring them from tree to harvest and throughout transport and toasting.
When hazelnuts arrive at our factories, we carry out quality controls to make sure they meet our strict standards. We process and roast 100% of our hazelnuts ourselves in our factories to guarantee their quality, aroma, and freshness.
We roast them in our factories, next to the production lines, right before combining them in our recipes together with the other ingredients. In each of our plants we have a "master roaster", who carefully calibrates the parameters of the roaster depending on the origin of the hazelnuts, their moisture and size, in order to enhance their fragrance.
We roast the hazelnuts in batches of the same calibre to ensure better sensory uniformity. Every day, the experts in our laboratories carry out specific tests to assess the hazelnuts' aroma, taste' and texture at every stage in the process.
Responsible sourcing and traceability
We work closely with farmers, mostly smallholders, to empower them with knowledge of good agricultural and social practices for hazelnuts. Within this program we have also developed a hazelnut Production Standard in collaboration with SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Global Services, a leading global certification and sustainability provider. The standard encompasses four major areas: Good Social Practices, Good Agricultural Practices, Post-Harvest Quality and Traceability. Every year SCS Global Services, together with local auditing firms, carries out specific audits of farmers chosen at random.
In January 2021, Ferrero published a Charter dedicated to hazelnuts. The Charter covers all our hazelnut sourcing with an approach that is based on ensuring compliance with our policies all along our value chain, and identifying specific commitments based on selected priorities and initiatives.
We also developed our Hazelnut Action Plan and released our first Progress Report.
We are working towards the goal of full traceability, down to farm level, by 2023. This has alaready been achieved in some countries, like Chile and USA.
To achieve our goal of full traceability, we are partnering with Sourcemap, a leading provider of supply chain mapping and digital transparency.