Our ingredients

Quality management forms an integral part of the production process, beginning with the selection of premium ingredients. Freshly-harvested hazelnuts and top quality cocoa are carefully selected and processed promptly in our factory.  All the products are manufactured with natural dry ingredients like the best quality cocoa powder, milk powder and sustainable vegetable oil.  

Moreover, Penotti uses no colours, no preservatives, no artificial flavours and is GMO free.


Cocoa beans grow in pods on trees. Most of the world’s cocoa is grown in a narrow belt 20 degrees north and south of the equator. The cocoa tree has broad, dark leaves and pale coloured flowers from which bean pods grow.

Cocoa trees begin to bear fruit when they are 3 to 4 years old. They produce pink and white flowers throughout the year. The prods grow straight out of the trunk or the main branches. Only a small portion of the flowers develop into fruit over a period of about 5 months. The trees are carefully pruned so that pods can be more easily harvested. Each tree yields 30 to 40 pods per year.

Ripe pods are harvested during the peak season. The high pods are cut with large knives and collected in large baskets.  The pods are split open by hand and the seeds or beans, which are covered with a sweet white pulp, are removed ready to undergo the 2 part curing process: fermentation and drying. This prepares the beans for market and transport to our factory.

Rainforest Alliance Certified cacao

Duo Penotti buys Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Rainforest  Alliance is one of the largest sustainability programs for cocoa, coffee and tea in the world. Within the Rainforest Alliance Certified program farmers are trained to use cost efficient, environmentally and socially responsible farming practices. This way farmers become professional and responsible entrepreneurs and sustainable agricultural supply chains can be achieved. Duo Penotti buys 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa powder.

For more information: ra.org

Fairtrade cacao

Penotti Organic uses Fairtrade ingredients that have been traded in compliance with Fairtrade standards, ensuring farmers a fair price for their cocoa beans and sugar. For more information about the Fairtrade program:



Hazelnuts are an important ingredient in our chocolate hazelnut spreads. The best hazelnuts are selected to create a delicious and intensely smooth hazelnut flavour.

Hazelnuts are the fruits of the hazel which core is edible. The hazel grows in countries around the Mediterranean region.

The hazelnuts used in Penotti originate from Turkey and Italy. Hazelnuts are harvested between the start of August and the end of September.

Hazelnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E.


We use different types of sugar in our products: beet sugar and refined cane sugar. Our Penotti Organic range contains cane sugar, is certified organically grown and traded in compliance with Fairtrade standards.


Quality control procedures, from the moment the sugar arrives at the factory right through the packaging stage of the finished spread, ensure the sugars used in our products meet the highest quality standards. We have established a close and long term relationship with our sugar suppliers. Our strict quality control system enables us to trace the origin of the sugar in our products.

Vegetable oils

Canola oil

Canola oil is the number 1 vegetable oil in Canada and Japan, while number 2 in Mexico and the US. Overall it is the 3d most consumed vegetable oil in the world.

Once harvested, canola seeds are taken to a crushing facility where the oil contained within the seed is extracted, refined and bottled as canola oil. Canola oil has the least saturated fat of all cooking oils.

Penotti commits to 100% RSPO segregated palm oil

All Penotti products are produced with palm oil that is 100% certified sustainable and segregated according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain.

RSPO is an international organisation whose focus is making sustainable palm oil sourcing a normal practice. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil producing regions. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.

Penotti RSPO certified segregated palm oil : it is segregation that provides the tool to keep sustainable palm oil physically separated from non-sustainable palm oil and to trace it from the certified sustainable plantations to the production line. Check our progress at www.rspo.org

License number: RSPO-1106104

Scorecard WWF

WWF strongly believes that the palm oil industry can grow and prosper without destroying tropical rainforest by adhering to the principles and criteria of RSPO. In 2015 WWF has published its first Dutch palm oil ‘scorecard’. Penotti came first in the total Dutch ranking because of its dedication to 100% sustainable and segregated palm oil.

For more information: wnf.nl


Duo Penotti is made with natural vanilla flavor. The vanilla in Duo Penotti makes the white spread extra special, giving it a smooth and delicious fresh flavor.


Our Penotti products are made with both skim milk and whole milk powder. We work with reliable suppliers who collect their milk directly from farmers to ensure product freshness and safety, and last but not least, a delicious creamy taste.