Sustainability analysis of Ritter Sport raw materials
Ingredients put to the test
There are more than 40 different varieties of RITTER SPORT chocolate, which are made using more than 100 different ingredients. In addition to cocoa, milk or nuts, the list also includes, for example, cornflakes, almonds, sultanas, coffee paste or palm oil.
The analysis and raw material safety department assesses these raw materials using "hot spot analysis" in which ecological, social and economic aspects are reviewed. In other words, how is a raw material grown? To what extent is biodiversity taken into account? Which fertilisers and crop protection products are used? What energy consumption is associated with farming?
Social living and working conditions also play an important role: How significant is occupational health and safety? What about education?
Economic aspects are also closely linked to this, such as the level of wages, avoiding monopolies or competition for land.
For the raw material of coffee paste, the hot spot analysis identified that, for example, the working conditions in Brazil as a country of origin did not fully comply with the standards specified by RITTER SPORT. Therefore Ritter Sport switched to sustainably certified products in the case of coffee paste.
The same applies to palm oil. It was mainly ecological aspects, such as biodiversity, that led Ritter Sport to purchase only RSPO-certified palm oil following the Mass Balance model.
The hot spot analyses of the raw materials are continually carried out and are one of the main policies for purchasing raw materials.