Hazelnuts are the fruits of the Corylus avellana L., a tree already well popular tens of centuries ago. In ancient Roman times, it was a custom to donate hazel plants to bring happiness. It was the same in France where the plant was given as a wedding gift to symbolise fertility.
Hazelnuts as part of Ferrero's roots
The origins of our hazelnuts
Once harvested, the nuts are dried, cleaned and sent to the cracking plant where they are sorted , cracked, shelled, calibrated, selected and then packed and shipped to the Ferrero facilities.
Quality to Enhance Taste
Once in the factories, before the roasting process, we carry out quality checks once again to make sure that all selected hazelnuts meet our stringent standards.
Every day, groups of internal panellists in our laboratories ensure that the taste, the aroma and the texture are optimal in each stage of the process, in order to guarantee excellent product quality for our consumers.
Our excellence in hazelnut processing
This enables us to roast and finely-grind the hazelnuts at the last moment to further enhance their aroma. The output of this process is a silken 100% hazelnut paste, the heart of Nutella® recipe. It will be then mixed with the other ingredients within few hours in order to capture at the best the hazelnut fragrance in the Nutella® paste.
Expertise beyond the hazelnut processing
All these activities are brought together under one structure , the Ferrero Hazelnut Company, set up at the beginning of 2015.
Ferrero Farming Values
The Ferrero Farming Values Hazelnut (FFVH) is a programme created in 2012 specifically for hazelnut sourcing; it aims on one side to increase productivity and improve the post-harvest quality of our main raw material and on the other side to ensure that the production and the harvest is performed in a responsible and respectful way.
As of today, the programme has already established 95 model farms and held over 200 training sessions in 6 regions in Turkey, with approximately 14.000 farmers trained.
We are aiming to reach more than 25.000 farmers in 2016 and establishing over 100 model farms.
Moving towards a responsible supply chain through traceability
- national legislation in terms of working conditions (not employ any worker aged below the limit fixed by local legislation).
- Ferrero code of ethics
- Ferrero code of business conduct
In order to reach our objective, Ferrero has established a traceability system back to the farms and audits to the ground run by SCS - a worldwide leading certification firm - to verify compliance through unannounced controls during the harvest months August and September. The traceability system will cover 100% of our supply chain by 2020.