This is a LIST OF COMPANIES WHICH PRODUCE CHOCOLATE , not chocolates. That is, they process 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 aim to control the whole process to improve quality, working conditions, or environmental impact.
COMPANY LOCATION YEAR FOUNDED PRODUCTS NOTES
Ah Cacao Real
Amedei Italy 1990
Amedei is a luxury chocolate manufacturing company located in Pontedera in the Tuscany region of Italy.
Bonnat Chocolates France 1884 More than 40 single origin bars Bonnat Chocolatier is the oldest artisan producer of chocolate in the world, producing around 100 tons per year. Bonnat was the first chocolate maker to create single-origin and single-estate chocolate bars. Bonnat began exporting chocolate to the French colonies in 1919.
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
Domori Italy 1997
El Rey Chocolates Venezuela 1929
El Rey uses only Venezuelan cacao, fermented and sun dried, and processed locally.
Ethel M Chocolates USA (Henderson, NV) 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.
Fazer Finland (Helsinki) 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.
Freia Norway 1889
Freia was made successful by Throne-Holst, who also founded
Marabou. It was acquired in 1993 by
Frey Switzerland 1887
Acquired in 1950 by Migros ; #1 in popularity in Switzerland
Friis-Holm Denmark 2007
Garoto Brazil 1929
Acquired in 2002 by
Ghirardelli USA (San Francisco, CA) 1852
Since 1998, it has been owned by Lindt & Sprüngli . Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco is named after this chocolate-making family.
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.
Haigh\'s Chocolates Australia (Adelaide) 1915
Haigh's is the oldest family-owned chocolate manufacturing retailer in Australia.
(Hershey, PA) 1894
Hershey's, Hershey's Kisses, KitKat, Bliss, Heath Bar, Reese's,
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. See also List of
products manufactured by The Hershey
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
J. S. Fry & Sons UK 1761
Merged with Cadbury in 1919
Kalev Estonia 1806
Most or all products are under the Kalev name brand.
Milk chocolates (Dorina), chocolate bars, (Dorina, Životinjsko
Bajadera ), nougat desserts
Kraš was founded in 1911 as Union, incorporated in 1950, and is
Laima Latvia (Riga) 1870
Italy and USA
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
(St. Louis, MO) 2011 Organic, fair trade, bean-to-bar chocolates and confections. Winner of Dessert Professional Top Ten Chocolatiers of North America 2012.
Royce\' Japan 1983
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.
A Berlin-based confectionery company in operation for more than 100 years
Bean-to-bar chocolate factory. The first chocolate manufacturer in the US to be both 100 percent organic and fair-trade.
Thorntons UK 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.
Traidcraft UK 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 UK.
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 UK 1998
Small producer of single estate 100% chocolate bars using
Venezuelan cacao. The company's launch was televised as the series
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.
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.
Purchased by Cargill in 1992.
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, named "by far the most innovative chocolatier of all" amongst the world-best chocolate manufacturers by chocolate tester Georg Bernardini
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