Sustainability at CARMA® UTZ certification
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At CARMA®, we source UTZ certified cocoa for our couvertures (with the exception of the «Origine Rare» range). We are proud to say that we have set a milestone in CARMA®’s history. The decision to source UTZ certified cocoa means that we are making a difference for cocoa farmers.

UTZ certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ programme enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment.

And for those of you who are wondering, the word UTZ means «good» in the Mayan language Quiché. And at CARMA®, we think it’s good that we’ve teamed up with UTZ – it makes perfect sense, and what’s more, we’re working on finding ways and means to get our precious «Origine Rare» range certified as well.

Check out the UTZ website by clicking: https://www.utzcertified.org/en

We want to make a difference – the CocoaAction strategy
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As we know, the industry is capable of making a real difference for producing countries. CARMA®/Barry Callebaut teamed up with other leading cocoa and chocolate companies to accelerate sustainability and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers. The World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction strategy was launched in May 2014: a meaningful partnership between governments, cocoa farmers and the industry.

For more information, click: http://worldcocoafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/CocoaAction-One-Pager-FINAL-February-2015.pdf

Certificates for CARMA® products

CARMA® has made tremendous efforts to speed up the process in getting certified in forward-looking areas. We are proud to say that our chocolate lines are mostly Halal and Kosher Dairy. An overview of all our certifications and their meaning is listed below. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Quality Assurance Team via e-mail: qa_requests_ch@barry-callebaut.com

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All products in the following product categories are Kosher Dairy, certified by the OK Kosher Certification:
White, milk and dark chocolates in solid or liquid form

  • Compounds in solid or liquid form
  • Fat-based confectioneries with cocoa and/or nuts
  • Chocolate powders
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Our Halal certificate is valid for the following products:

  • White, milk and dark chocolates in solid or liquid form
  • Compounds in solid or liquid form
  • Fat-based confectioneries with cocoa and/or nuts
  • Chocolate powders
Nuts traces exempt from declaration

With immediate effect, we are able to omit the allergen claim «may contain nuts» for all chocolates and compounds produced in Dübendorf under the brand CARMA®, as well as liquid chocolate/compounds for food manufacturers.

While we still have nut products in the factory in Dübendorf, the chocolate production line is now free from any product or ingredient containing any sorts of nuts. Thanks to additional controls and barriers, in particular related to potential cross-contamination, there is now no measurable nut contamination in the chocolate production process at Dübendorf. 

This is another important step for the CARMA® chocolate range, after the recent granting of Kosher (Kosher Dairy by OK Kosher Certification) and Halal (Halal Certification Services) status.