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Hazelnuts have long been enjoyed as a protein-rich snack and are a key ingredient in many chocolate bars and spreads.

Hazelnuts have long been enjoyed as a protein-rich snack and are a key ingredient in many chocolate bars and spreads.

Hazelnuts

These nutritional powerhouses are packed with antioxidants and micronutrients

Hazelnuts come from hazelnut orchards, which are mainly found in Mediterranean-type climates. While Turkey is the world’s largest producer of hazelnuts, production can also be found in other countries such as Italy and Chile.

The hazelnut has a smooth, brown shell that encloses the edible kernel. Whilst it can be mixed with chocolate, the kernel itself can be eaten raw, roasted, ground into a paste or in the form of hazelnut oil.

Facts

Global hazelnut production is around 1m tonnes on average per year
The mature tree produces around 10kg of hazelnuts per year and can also help mitigate soil erosion
70% of the world’s hazelnuts are produced in Turkey

Our work

In 2019 we began working with Ferrero on its hazelnut value chain, visiting farmers in Turkey and Italy to understand issues and opportunities on the ground.

We are helping Ferrero to evolve its responsible souring approach for hazelnuts, including assessing all its policies and protocols around responsible sourcing, as well as partnering in the field to create bottom-up solutions.

To drive the highest social standards, we will be examining worker conditions, employment rights, and running pilot projects with seasonal workers and local communities.



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