Rapunzel - Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate 55% Cocoa - 3 oz. (85 g)
Rapunzel Organic Swiss Dark Chocolate is made with the finest organic ingredients. A superior chocolate, the ultimate in aromatic, rich flavor. The smooth, creamy texture melts in the mouth. And with each delicious bite you help support farmers through Rapunzel's Hand in Hand Fair-Trade Program, providing them with education and better living conditions. Together, Hand in Hand, we can make the world a better place.
Chocolate – A Heavenly Treat
Since Rapunzel introduced the world‘s first chocolate made of 100% controlled organic ingredients to the wholefoods trade, a varied range of 21 fine varieties of chocolate has developed which is appreciated around the world. Rapunzel have thereby remained true to their original quality principles: All ingredients originate from controlled organic farming and, where these involve products from so-called developing countries, are all fair trade products!
Rapunzel's ambition – top quality from controlled organic cultivation! The experienced Rapunzel Quality Control Team continuously performs very elaborate quality controls. Additionally, their products are analyzed by recognized external laboratories.
The most important elements of the Rapunzel quality:
- Very close contact to suppliers
- Fair cooperations
- Improvement of cultivation conditions and production processes
- Identification of possible sources of pollution
- Regular supplier audits, i.e. personal on-site inspection by Rapunzel staff
- Thorough control of incoming goods
- Inspection of the truck or container load
- Inspection of packing and labels
- Continuous transparency from the field to the table
- Sampling and analysis
- Coordination and implementation of optimal sampling
- Analytical tests (quick tests) in their own laboratory by Rapunzel staff
- Additional quality controls by independent, external experts
- Control of organoleptic and visual criteria
- Improvement and monitoring of production processes
- Optimal conservation of all valuable components, e.g. vitamins and minerals
- Use of the best organic raw materials
- Production of food products free of synthetic additives (e.g. aromas)
- Gentle, traditional processing
As organic pioneers, the founders of Rapunzel Naturkost AG, Joseph Wilhelm and Jennifer Vermeulen, had a lot of convincing to do. Today, Rapunzel Naturkost AG, based in Legau/ Allgäu, is one of the leading producers, manufacturers and distributors of organic foods. In 35 years, a wholefood shop has developed into a company with 300 employees and a turnover of around 100 million Euros.
Rapunzel products can be found throughout Germany in over 2,000 wholefood and health food shops. Rapunzel obtains organic raw materials from over 30 countries around the world for their wide range of over 400 products. Rapunzel products are exported to almost as many countries. In their relationships with suppliers, both the quality of the products and the quality of life of the farmers who produce it are important to Rapunzel.
Rapunzel – The Trendsetting Brand!
Surveys show that Rapunzel is one of the best-known brands in the natural health food sector and that Rapunzel products are preferred by customers – with good cause! With Rapunzel's company quality standards and independent quality controls they outperform many commercial standards and remain true to their values.
In order to produce the best product quality, Rapunzel uses state of the art technology and incorporate the current needs of their customers. All this, they communicate openly with the help of straightforward marketing. With its special knowhow Rapunzel clearly stands out from the ever growing organic segment. With the best organic quality and superb tasting products they have successfully asserted their market position for a long time.
Ethically correct management and strict controls from the cultivation of the raw materials to the finished product and the compliance with highest environmental standards sets Rapunzel apart from their competitors.
Hand in Hand Projects by Rapunzel Naturkost
Hand in Hand combines the idea of certified organic products with fair trade. Long-term and guaranteed trade relationships provide new future prospects for Rapunzel's farmers and best organic quality for their customers. Rapunzel started the Hand in Hand project in 1987 with one trade partner – the El Ceibo cooperative. Today, the Hand in Hand group has grown to 14 partners. They supply Rapunzel with 11 important fair trade raw materials.
A long-term cooperation based on trust, a continuous exchange of information, personal visits and sustained quality controls guarantees the excellent standard of Rapunzel's products. Inspection by independent external certification bodies provides additional assurance.
The company-owned Hand in Hand seal can be found on all products that contain at least 51% raw materials from Rapunzel's Hand in Hand partners. Products with less than 51% Hand in Hand raw materials are not labeled. Currently, over 80 Rapunzel products are bearing the Hand in Hand seal.
From its beginning, Rapunzel has been a vanguard in the international organic community, starting with its development and production of the first 100% organic chocolate bars, mueslis, organic dried fruits, nuts, and kitchen oils, up to the founding of its Fair-Trade Program. Today, Rapunzel is Europe's leading brand-name manufacturer and distributor of organic goods, producing over 600 delicious organic products and cooperatively working with thousands of organic farmers in more than 35 countries worldwide. It speaks for Rapunzel's team spirit that all three of the founders are still working at the Rapunzel headquarters in Legau, located in the alpine foothills of Bavaria, close to Lake Constance.
Rapunzel is an international, environmentally, and socially responsible company. Through their certified organic products and an unyielding commitment to the development and growth of sustainable farming practices and global fair-trade programs, Rapunzel promises to deliver certified organic foods with integrity, high quality, product purity, value, and a concern for the environment to the world. By combining these commitments along with their desires to respect all farming, manufacturing, business relations, and their employees, Rapunzel is focused to accomplish these goals with a financially sound strategy.