The Aalst Chocolate approach to sourcing and sustainability.
"QUALITY CHOCOLATE STARTS WITH QUALITY CACAO."
CEO of Aalst Chocolate
AT THE HEART OF THE HARVEST:
At Aalst Chocolate we believe that quality chocolate starts with quality cocoa. We go to great lengths to source the raw materials for our products from reputable and sustainably managed suppliers in West Africa and Latin America. The cocoa beans we select are of the highest grades, just as we know you’d want them to be.
Beans from various sources are artfully mixed according to our proprietary recipes, merging both traditional and modernist approaches to produce quality you can taste. By blending cocoa beans from different regions, we are able to produce chocolate with distinctive and consistent flavours.
Aalst Chocolate also offers chocolate based on single origin beans for customers who desire the unique characteristics of cocoa from a particular region. West African harvests, for instance, are known for their rich ‘body’, while Latin American beans exude delicate fruity or floral aromas. Specialty plantations in Ecuador, Peru, Madagascar and Ghana yield beans with exotic flavours that confer a distinctive character to your culinary creations. With Aalst Chocolate your every desire is a reality.
A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY:
With the demand for cocoa rising faster than its supply, it’s imperative to act responsibly as Asia’s largest supplier of quality chocolate. In order to meet both present and future demand, we strongly believe in the need to wisely manage our cocoa resources. We cultivate a broad network of suppliers in key cocoa-growing regions so that you will enjoy the assurance of a robust and reliable supply chain that delivers even in the event of unforeseeable disruptions.
But it is not enough to merely ensure a reliable supply of chocolate, it is equally important to act responsibly towards the regions which supply this sought-after product. Aalst Chocolate works closely with farmers, traders, NGOs, industry partners and other stakeholders to tackle the challenges we face in common. Through regular training, consultation and dialogue, we strive to develop mutually rewarding solutions that will yield gains in quality and savings that benefit both local communities and our customers
LEVERAGING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Tapping onto the vast network and distribution of our new joint-venture partner Wilmar International Limited, Aalst Chocolate has an edge in sourcing raw materials. Wilmar is a leading agribusiness conglomerate with businesses in speciality fats and sugar that are used in the manfacture of chocolates and compounds.
Wilmar's specialty fats products include cocoa butter equivalents (CBE), cocoa butter replacers (CBR), cocoa butter substitutes (CBS), specially formulated filling fats, creaming fats, ice-cream fats, milk fat replacers, shortenings, margarines, frying fats and many tailor-made fats to suit customers’ requirements. These are widely used in chocolate coating fats, chocolates, sugar confectionery, bread, pastry, cakes, cream filling (for candy, wafers, biscuits) and coffee whitener which are close to our core businesses.
In line with the vision of Aalst Chocolate, Wilmar are also committed to product quality and food safety and have obtained international certifications such as ISO, HACCP, AIB as well as compliance to the strict requirements of Halal and Kosher standards. The emphasis in quality from the sources to the processing stage ensure all Aalst products are of satisfactory level.