A bean-to-bar company produces chocolate by processing cocoa beans into a product in-house, rather than merely melting chocolate from another manufacturer. Some are large companies that own the entire process for economic reasons; others are small- or micro-batch producers and aim to control the whole process to improve quality, working conditions, or environmental impact.[1]

Bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturers

Company Location Year founded Products Notes
Ah Cacao Real Chocolate Mexico 2003 Single origin chocolate bars Artisan producer of dark chocolate and related products made of Mexican cacao. Supports wildlife conservation.
Alprose Switzerland 1957 Chocolate bars, napolitains and dragées Includes a visitor center.
Amano Artisan Chocolate United States 2006 Single origin chocolate (bars, couverture), cocoa nibs Founding member of the Craft Chocolate Makers of America. The Madagascar bar and the Dos Rios Palet d'or have received gold medals from the London Academy of Chocolate.[2]
Amedei Italy 1990 Amedei is a luxury chocolate manufacturing company located in Pontedera in the Tuscany region of Italy.
Amul India 1946
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto Italy 1880 Chocolate bars, pastry, chocolate liquor, cocoa beer Bonajuto is a chocolate manufacturing company located in Modica in the Sicily region of Italy.
Askinosie Chocolate United States 2007 Single origin chocolate bars (dark, dark milk, white), single origin natural cocoa powder, roasted cocoa nibs Utilizes direct trade, paying farmers above fair trade prices for cocoa beans and sharing profit with them. One of the only small-batch chocolate makers in the US to press their own cocoa butter.
Barry Callebaut Switzerland 1996 (1842 & 1911) Acticoa, Alprose, Sarotti, Jacques Large producer of couverture, used in many chocolate products. Introduced ruby chocolate in 2017.
Blommer Chocolate Company United States 1939 Chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, panned products, chocolate coatings, chocolate ingredients for the confectionery, pastry, and dairy industries Blommer is the largest cocoa processor and ingredient supplier in North America, processing over 45% of US cocoa imports. It is a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation, which works to support sustainable cocoa production. The product line includes organic and fair-trade products. In addition to the Chicago factory, Blommer operates factories in East Greenville, Pennsylvania; Union City, California; Campbellford, Ontario; and Shanghai, China. They also own World's Finest Chocolate in Chicago.
Bonnat Chocolates France 1884 More than 40 single origin bars Bonnat Chocolatier.
Caffarel Italy 1826 Chocolate bars, Gianduiotti Introduced Gianduja
Cailler Switzerland 1819 Large variety of chocolate bars, including Branche since 1904, and praline boxes Founded in Vevey in 1819 by François-Louis Cailler, oldest factory in Switzerland. Owned by Nestlé since 1929
Camille Bloch Switzerland 1929 Ragusa and Torino brands and liquor-filled chocolates
Castronovo Chocolate United States 2012 Chocolate bars using single-origin cacao from Latin America, roasted cocoa nibs and truffles Multiple awards from the International Chocolate Awards and the Academy of Chocolate.[3] Castronovo uses heirloom beans from Latin America.[4]
Cima-Norma Switzerland 1903 Chocolate bars Closed in 1968
Chocolaterie Robert Madagascar 1940 Fine and organic cacao grown and made into chocolate in Madagascar, couverture, baking chocolate, chocolate bars, cacao butter, cacao nibs Won gold at the world finals of the International Chocolate Awards for its Chocolate Madagascar Fine Milk Chocolate 50% Cocoa Bar.[5] Also, Academy of Chocolate global winner.
Chocolala Estonia
2013 Single origin chocolate bars (dark, dark milk, coconut milk, sugar-free), roasted cocoa nibs A small-batch chocolate maker.
Cocoa Processing Company Ghana 1981 Golden Tree chocolate bars, chocolate beverages Semi-finished products are sold under the Portem brand name to foreign markets. The Confectionery Factory manufactures chocolate confectionery namely, chocolate bars, chocolate spread, drinking chocolate and chocolate dragees. The confectionery products are marketed under the brand name GoldenTree.
Domori Italy 1997 Domori is a premium chocolate company headquartered near Turin.
E. Wedel Poland
1851 Chocolates, cakes, and an assortment of chocolate snacks, candies and filled bars E. Wedel is owned by Lotte Group.
Chocolates El Rey Venezuela 1929 El Rey uses only Venezuelan cacao, fermented and sun dried, and processed locally.
Ethel M Chocolates United States 1980 Brittle chocolate-flavored candies, caramels, and fine liqueur-filled chocolates. Ethel M. Chocolates is owned by Mars Inc. The company is named after the mother of Forrest Mars, Sr.
Favarger Switzerland 1826 Chocolate bars, Avelines, Nougalines Founded in Geneva in 1826, Switzerland's oldest independent chocolate maker. Favarger gets its cocoa beans from the tiny West African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe.[6]
Fazer Finland
1891 The Karl Fazer Nordic Gourmet chocolates that were launched in 2009 combine the unique Nordic berries — lingonberry, blueberry, raspberry and cloudberry — with cocoa grown at the Equator.
Felchlin Switzerland 1908 Primarily wholesale products Founded in 1908 by Max Felchlin.
Freia Norway 1889 Freia was made successful by Throne-Holst, who also founded Marabou. It was acquired in 1993 by Kraft Foods, which is now known as Mondelez.
Frey Switzerland 1887 Acquired in 1950 by Migros; #1 in popularity in Switzerland
Friis-Holm Denmark 2007
Galle & Jessen Denmark 1872 Chocolates and liquorice. Known for their chocolate frogs, and Ga-Jol liquorice. Oldest chocolate factory in Denmark. Acquired in 1972 by Toms International.
Garoto Brazil 1929 Acquired in 2002 by Nestlé
Ghirardelli United States 1852 Since 1998, it has been owned by Lindt & Sprüngli. Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco is named after this chocolate-making family.
Guittard United States 1850s Couverture Guittard makes couverture chocolate using original formulas and traditional French methods, and supplies chocolate to See's Candies.
Hachez Germany 1890 Truffles, chocolate candies, chocolate bars, and chocolate coins The Bremer HACHEZ Chocolade GmbH & Co. was established by Joseph Emile Hachez, a chocolatier of Belgian origin, on July 1, 1890.
Halba Switzerland 1933 Chocolate bars and truffles Owned by Coop since 1972
Haigh's Chocolates Australia
1915 Haigh's is the oldest family-owned chocolate manufacturing retailer in Australia.
Hershey's United States 1894 Hershey's, Hershey's Kisses, KitKat, Bliss, Heath Bar, Reese's, Dagoba, Scharffen Berger and many others. Hershey ceased bean-to-bar manufacturing around 2007 or 2008. They produce only the Scharffen Berger from bean to bar.[7] See also List of products manufactured by The Hershey Company.
Hotel Chocolat United Kingdom 2003 A variety of chocolate bars and filled chocolates, collections of single origin and single plantation chocolate as well as a range of savoury cocoa products Company began as an online only service, before moving into the retail market. Company also owns a cocoa plantation on St Lucian (The Rabot Estate). Hotel Chocolat has an "Engaged Ethics" program in St Lucia and Ghana, seeking to provide farmers with a fair price and necessary support.
Ion (chocolate) Greece 1930 Ion, Ion Dark, Noisetta, Break, Chocofreta, Nucrema, Serano, 3011, Baloo, O-Mamy The biggest chocolate products manufacturer in Greece exporting its products to 20 countries worldwide, including US, Japan and Australia
J. S. Fry & Sons United Kingdom 1761 Merged with Cadbury in 1919
Kalev Estonia 1864 Founded in 1806 as a confectionery. Chocolate production after 1864. Most or all products are under the Kalev name brand.
Kägi Söhne Switzerland 1960 Chocolate coated wafers Founded in 1934 as a bakery. Chocolate production since 1960.
Kohler Switzerland 1830 Chocolate bars Founded in Lausanne in 1830. Introduced hazelnut chocolate. Owned by Nestlé since 1929
Kraš Croatia 1911 Milk chocolates (Dorina), chocolate bars, (Dorina, Životinjsko carstvo, Bajadera), nougat desserts Kraš was founded in 1911 as Union, incorporated in 1950, and is located in Zagreb, Croatia.
Läderach Switzerland 1962 Various chocolates Founded in 1962 by Rudolf Läderach
Laima Latvia
Lindt & Sprüngli Switzerland 1845 Lindt, Lindor Lindt developed the conching process. Lindt & Sprüngli bought Ghirardelli Chocolates in 1998.
Maestrani Switzerland 1852 Chocolate bars Founded in 1852 by Aquilino Maestrani. The company owns the Minor and Munz brands
Malagos Chocolate Philippines
(Davao City)
2012 Single origin chocolate bars, cocoa liquor
Mars, Incorporated United States 1911 M&Ms, Snickers, Dove Chocolate, and others. Large chocolate manufacturer, with US$30 billion revenue in 2008.
Mast Brothers United States 2007 Chocolate bars, chocolate beer, and chocolate confections Mast Brothers is a small manufacturer with flagships in Brooklyn, London, and most recently Los Angeles.[8]
Mayordomo Mexico
1956 Table chocolate, mole Mayordomo is a producer of chocolate made from local cacao. Stores often will mix beans with other ingredients and grind it to customer specifications.
Menier France 1836 Chocolate bars Founded in 1816 as a pharmaceutical manufacturer. Started chocolate bar production in 1836
Michel Cluizel France 1948 Michel Cluizel has been a manufacturer of high-quality chocolate in the French town of Damville in Normandy since 1948, and also has a store in Paris.
Mindo Chocolate Makers United States and Ecuador 2009 chocolate bars, baking chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa mass, raw whole beans, nibs Member of the Craft Chocolate Makers of America. A micro-batch bean to bar chocolate maker which ferments and roasts beans. Practices Direct Trade.
Mondelez International United States 1896 Milka, Suchard, Toblerone, Côte d'Or, Marabou, Cadbury and many others Bought Cadburys in 2009
Natra Spain 1950 No brands, only private label products and co-production for third parties Independent producer of chocolate and chocolate products, focusing on the private label business.
Nestlé Switzerland 1866 Nestlé, and many others
Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company United States and Ghana 1991 Corporate headquarters in the US; chocolate grown and processed in Ghana
Pacari Chocolate Ecuador 2002 Raw whole beans, nibs, chocolate bars, baking chocolate, cocoa powder, cacao butter, and other chocolate covered products First chocolate company to receive biodynamic certification. Cacao is produced using fair trade practices in Ecuador. Products are certified Kosher and Organic.
Patric Chocolate United States 2006 Craft chocolate maker of bean-to-bar products. The product line includes dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate bars, and chocolate bars with inclusions. Winners of the 2016 Good Food Awards in the chocolate category.[9]
Perugina Italy 1907 Baci chocolate, Italian chocolate, pernigotti gianduiotti, glacia mints, sorrento hard candy, spicchi hard candy, perugina glacia mints, perugina sorrento, lazzaroni cookies Now a division of Nestlé.
Peter Switzerland 1867 Gala Peter, the first successful milk chocolate bar Founded by Daniel Peter in Vevey. Independent until 1904
Rick Jordan Chocolatier United States

(St. Louis, MO)

2011 Organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolates and confections Winner of Dessert Professional Top Ten Chocolatiers of North America 2012.[10]
Roshen Ukraine 1996 Chocolate bars, candy, chocolate cakes, etc. Owned by the former president of Ukraine.
Royce' Japan 1983
Scharffen Berger United States 1996 Chocolate bars, varieties of dark chocolate Purchased by Hershey in 2005; the original Berkeley, California factory closed in 2009.
Stollwerck Germany 1839 Sprengel, Sarotti, Gubor, Quintie KFT, Thüringer Schokoladenwerk GmbH Owned since 2002 by Barry Callebaut. They also operated a museum—adjacent to the factory—in Cologne Germany. It is now operated by Lindt.
August Storck Germany 1903 A Berlin-based confectionery company in operation for more than 100 years
Suchard Switzerland 1826 Chocolate bars, powder, and candies Founded in Neuchâtel in 1826 by Philippe Suchard. Independent producer until 1970
Swisslion Group Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1962 Bean to bar - dark/milk/white chocolate bars (Daria, Duo), Choco Banana, chocolate spread (Eurocrem), chocolate biscuits (Ressana, Choco Biscuit), chocolate wafers (Linea) A multinational manufacturer in Southeastern Europe, with factories in Serbia (Vršac and Gornji Milanovac), Macedonia (Resen and Skopje), Croatia (Sisak) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Trebinje). Founded in 1962, headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia.
Taza Chocolate United States 2006 Bean-to-bar organic, stone ground chocolate
TCHO Chocolate United States 2005 Bean-to-bar chocolate factory. Has a program called TCHOSource where they partner with bean farmers to help them improve the quality of their crops and to process their beans more effectively.
Theo Chocolate United States 2006 Bean-to-bar chocolate factory. The first chocolate manufacturer in the US to be both 100 percent organic and fair-trade.[11]
Thorntons United Kingdom 1911 Different styles and types of chocolate Thorntons today is a £180 million turnover company with 360 shops and cafes and 230 franchises together with internet, mail order, and commercial services.
Tobler/Toblerone Switzerland 1899 Distinctive triangular chocolate bars Chocolate factory founded in 1899 by Theodor Tobler in Bern. Creation of Toblerone bar in 1908. Independent producer until 1970
Toms International Denmark 1924 Produces chocolate, liquorice and sugar confectionery Toms employs 1,200–1,700 employees depending on season and annually produces 50,000 tons of chocolate and sugar confectionery
Traidcraft United Kingdom 1979 The company has two components: a public limited company called Traidcraft plc, which sells fairly traded products in the United Kingdom; and a development charity called Traidcraft Exchange that works with poor producers in Africa and Asia. They sold the first fair trade chocolate in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]
Ülker Turkey 1944 Owners of Godiva Chocolatier
Valrhona France 1922 Couverture used by many chocolatiers
Venchi Italy 1878 Gourmet candy bars, novelty spreads, chocolate-coated caviar, extra-dark chocolate, and chocolate bars with nuts Venchi uses cocoa originating from plantations in Central/South America and Africa, distilled rum from the Caribbean, as well as natural vanilla.
Venezuelan Black United Kingdom 1998 Small producer of single estate 100% chocolate bars using Venezuelan cacao. The company's launch was televised as the series Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory was aired in the United Kingdom during 2008.
Verkade Netherlands 1886 Verkade's products are available through resellers.
Villars-Maitre-Chocolatier Switzerland 1901 Their chocolate contains a lot of stirred-in and covered nuts.
Whitman's United States 1842 Best known for Whitman's Sampler; now a part of Russell Stover Candies
Whittaker's New Zealand 1896 Various flavors of slab chocolate, family-sized bars, almond gold, and K-Bars James Henry Whittaker started the business in Christchurch in 1896 and it was later moved to Wellington.
Wilbur Chocolate United States 1884 Purchased by Cargill in 1992.
World's Finest Chocolate United States 1949 The company is known for chocolate bars commonly sold by schools and social service organizations as part of fundraisers Family-owned and based in Chicago for over 50 years; purchased by Barry Callebaut in March 2015
Zotter Schokoladen Manufaktur Austria 1999 More than 365 varieties of hand-scooped, filled chocolates, single origin chocolate bars, pralines, couvertures, cocoa nibs, dragees, cakes, ice cream and coffee Award-winning chocolate,[12] named "by far the most innovative chocolatier of all" amongst the world-best chocolate manufacturers by chocolate tester Georg Bernardini[13][14]


See also


  1. ^ "Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Makers Dare To Bare How It's Done". NPR.org. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Awards". Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  3. ^ International Chocolate Awards [1]. Retrieved 2015-08-19
  4. ^ Giller, Megan (19 September 2017). Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors. Storey Publishing. p. 2012. ISBN 978-1612128221. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  5. ^ Confectionery News [2]. Retrieved 2016-4-29
  6. ^ BBC News [3]. Retrieved 2016-04-29
  7. ^ "Supply Chain News Bites - Only from SCDigest". Supply Chain Digest. 2 May 2007.
  8. ^ LA Weekly [4]. Retrieved 2016-4-29
  9. ^ Feast Magazine [5]. Retrieved 2016-4-29
  10. ^ Staff, Dessert Professional. "Dessert Professional | The Magazine Online - Dessert Professional's Top Ten Chocolatiers of North America 2012". dessertprofessional.com. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  11. ^ Food & Wine [6]. Retrieved 2016-4-29
  12. ^ Academy of Chocolate [7]. Retrieved 2016-7-21
  13. ^ Chocolate – the reference standard 2015, p. 839
  14. ^ Press Release [8]. Retrieved 2016-7-21