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People

One of the key responsibilities of a company is to protect the human assets that make it up.

Within a safe working environment, it is necessary for the organisation to dedicate itself to building an open dialogue with its employees. This, in order to be absolutely sure that all business objectives are understood at all levels and that all our collective energy is used effectively.

Nutkao’s men and women are self-driven entrepreneurs, each in their own area of expertise. The Company must be sure to know the members of its family well: knowing what they do and how. What’s more, it must be able to align skills with the latest market trends and changes, guiding its people along specific professional paths.

We often talk about “multitasking”: once the level of quality required to cover a given position has been defined, in Nutkao we need to adopt a “multi-hearing” approach. Listening by asking the right questions.

Indeed, the ingredients that make up the best recipe are preparation, curiosity and a pinch of imagination.

Luca Ritondale – Group HR Manager

Raw materials

The absolute care we devote to the selection of our suppliers, in turn guarantees the exceptional quality of our products. We purchase the raw material from Italian, as well as international producers. In Nutkao, when we process our hazelnuts, mixtures of different sizes are used in order to obtain a paste with consistent organoleptic characteristics. The fact that the raw materials are used immediately after roasting makes it possible to preserve all the aromatic notes that this process brings out. The delicate taste of our hazelnuts means that the cream obtained is perfect in ice cream, in frozen desserts, in ice cream cakes, as well as in mousses. It can also be used as a flavouring for neutral pastry bases.

The cocoa used in Nutkao recipes boasts the renowned Ghana single point of origin. The acquisition of our Afrotropic plant, where the cocoa beans are processed, allows us to ensure that the supply chain is fully transparent and controlled, from the chocolate fruit to the finished product. The variety of cocoa used in our products is the famous Forastero cocoa, characterised by a strong and refined aromatic profile. Our recipes can be made using Fair Trade certified cocoa. A distinctive feature of Nutkao’s chocolate production process lies in the final conching stage: we combine the 3 dry, plastic and liquid conching techniques. This special process ensures that all the aroma of the chocolate is released. Moreover, it helps to create and ensure the final spreadability of our creams, guaranteeing superior quality.

We choose our raw materials directly from carefully selected dairies, adding an important aromatic profile that enhances the combination of cocoa and hazelnuts. The direct relationship established over the years with suppliers guarantees the freshness and taste of this indispensable product for the creation of Nutkao’s recipes. Finally, to ensure an excellent and consistent level of quality, we carry out specific physical, chemical and microbiological analysis on the milk.

Packaging

At Nutkao, we are committed to choosing solutions that protect the health and hygiene of packaged products, while minimising the environmental impact. Our customers can choose packaging – or rather resources – that are eco-friendly, such as jars in recycled PET or glass.

One of our key objectives over the next few years will be offer a wider range of certified origin packaging and that is environmentally friendly in terms of its disposal, in order be able to guarantee that the product purchased comes from responsible sources. 

Every one of these actions contribute to helping our customers optimise their recycling practices with a minimum environmental impact, guaranteeing the highest levels of efficiency and savings. Moreover, the close partnerships and collaboration with our suppliers enable us to develop and implement new state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. 

Certifications

Thanks to the continuous search for quality in every aspect, the Nutkao Group has obtained important certifications both related to environmental safety and food safety


ISO 14001

Certification aimed at demonstrating that the organisation has an adequate management system in place to keep the environmental impacts of its activities under control; the organisation also systematically seeks to improve its operations, in a coherent, effective and above all sustainable way.


IFS

International Featured Standards. Riconosciuto dal GFSI, favorisce l’efficace selezione dei fornitori food a marchio della GDO, sulla base della loro capacità di fornire prodotti sicuri, conformi alle specifiche contrattuali e ai requisiti di legge. Costituisce un modello riconosciuto sia in Europa che nel resto del Mondo.


BRC

The BRC (British Retail Consortium) global standard is one of the most commonly used operational tools to select suppliers in the agri-food chain, particularly as pertaining to the mass-retail sector. This standard represents the company’s ongoing commitment to safety, quality and compliance with the latest health and hygiene regulations governing the agri-food sector.


FDA

Food Facilities Certificate: certificazione che consente l'accreditamento degli stabilimenti di produzione dove vengono lavorati i prodotti alimentari destinati all'America per garantire la sicurezza alimentare.


BIO

BIO: certification that guarantees environmental sustainability, product quality and origin of raw materials, together with compliance with precise processing methods along the entire supply chain up to the final consumer.


RSPO

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) aims to promote the cultivation and use of sustainable palm oil. This standard responds to customers’ requests and requirements regarding their commitment to the sustainability of products made from palm oil, meeting the needs of major distributors and retailers, certifying product sustainability and demonstrating commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices.


FAIR TRADE

FAIRTRADE ethical certification which ensures better living and working conditions for producers and workers in developing countries. It represents a valid tool that companies can choose to guarantee their customers social and environmental sustainability along the entire supply chain.


UTZ/RFA

An international certification programme pertaining to cocoa and hazelnuts, which aims to ensure that primary production is carried out correctly and without taking advantage of workers and local populations. The key advantage is to clearly identify a product for which ethical and environmental principles have been respected.


KOSHER

Certification that is obtained following a control process by a specialized rabbinical body that supervises the productions to ensure that they comply with Jewish dietary rules.


WHA - HALAL

Certification that serves to certify that the products that are part of the agri-food supply chains comply with the ethical and hygienic standards of the law and doctrine of Islam.