Ritter Sport sources exclusively certified sustainable cocoa
Effective 26 January 2018, Ritter Sport announced it was the first major chocolate bar manufacturer to switch to sourcing the cocoa for its entire assortment completely from certified sustainable cocoa. By means of certification, the company wants to make sure both ecological and social sustainability – throgh protecting natural resources, as well as ensuring fairer pay for farmers and other people who work in the cultivation of cacao.
"In our times true enjoyment means not wanting it at the expense of others", said Andreas Ronken, CEO at Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. Apart from the improved assortment of products in the global market, Ritter Sport attributes its fast-track transition to exclusively certified sustainable cocoa to its own direct sourcing strategy. The family-owned company has been implementing this strategy in Nicaragua for almost 30 years already, and in the meantime also with farmers and cooperatives in other regions of the world.