New York, NY—Loacker, which creates wafers, pastries and chocolates, has announced its accelerated sustainability plans for 2022 and beyond, plans that include 100% sustainable cocoa by 2025.
“As a company, we’ve put the best ingredients first and have taken care of the world around us and each other for almost a century,” said TJ Rooney, president of Loacker USA, in the Press release. “With the start of a new year, we recognize that the need for sustainable products and practices is more critical than ever, which is why we will continue to go above and beyond with every product and decision we make. “
Building on the non-GMO project certification achieved by the company’s Quadratini and Classic lines, the company adds targets to commit 600 acres to fertilizer optimization by 2022 and to source cocoa and others. ingredients without deforestation and without conversion by 2025.
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Loacker has several projects to help them create sustainable and ethical products, including:
- The sustainable cocoa farming project, which uses only ethically sourced and sustainably produced chocolate. Through collaboration with two cooperatives in Ivory Coast and Ecuador, Loacker is able to ensure sustainability and control of the supply chain as well as a level playing field for farmers and fair payments.
- The Noccioleti Italiani project, which enables Loacker to ensure a 100% herbicide-free supply of Italian hazelnuts, and has encouraged the introduction of hazelnut orchards into new areas through long-term agreements with 80 farms in six different regions in the north and south. central Italy. Earlier this year, Loacker sustainably harvested its 1 millionth hazelnut.
- The Milk of the Alps Initiative, which dries milk and whey for Loacker’s chocolate and creams, using non-GMO alpine milk sourced directly from the surroundings of Loacker in the Alps, where small dairy farmers raise a small number of cows.
- The Madagascar Vanilla Project, which works directly with small groups of local farmers in northern Madagascar, promoting development through positive community and ecological activities and ensuring the quality of the vanilla beans used in the creation of Loacker products.