Quality and sustainability

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Kägi Swiss Quality

Exquisite taste experience
Tried and tested recipes since 1934
Chocolate from our own production

Swiss origin
100% Swiss made

Responsible procurement policy
No artificial flavours / no GMA
Certified palm oil (RSPO)

Quality pledge

Because we are an old-established Swiss company, we make a pledge to our customers never to cut corners when it comes to our Kägi Swiss quality. After all, quality is the prerequisite for unalloyed enjoyment. The secret of the exquisite Kägi taste experience is down to our tried and tested recipes which we have used almost unchanged since 1934. The vital ingredients of these recipes are our traditionally-made wafers and our 48-hour-conched chocolate.

Both produced with the utmost care and attention here in the Toggenburg region. For us, however, Kägi Swiss quality begins much earlier. Wherever we can, we use selected Swiss raw materials. When buying all our ingredients, we apply the highest standards in terms of environmental and social conditions. As our founder, Otto Kägi realised already in 1934: "The quality of the ingredients, work steps and processes is the be-all and end-all“.

Swiss Origin

As an old-established Swiss company, we use selected Swiss ingredients wherever we can. Kägi is based in the Toggenburg region, an unspoilt landscape, nestling between the Säntis massif and the seven peaks of the Churfirsten. We feel particularly committed to our home region, for which reason we make all Kägi products in the Toggenburg. Because Switzerland is our homeland, because it produces exceptionally high-quality agricultural products and we want to keep the transport routes as short as possible, we use Swiss raw

materials wherever possible (e.g. flour, butter, milk powder). At Kägi however, Swissness also means setting the highest possible standards for our quality systems. We conduct extensive quality checks on all ingredients and throughout the production process up to our finished products. Our quality assurance system is certified in accordance with the internationally recognised Norm FSSC (Food Saftey System Certification 22000) and covers all relevant quality criteria and requirements concerning hygiene and product safety.

Responsibility

For us, responsible procurement means that our ingredients not only offer exquisite taste and unalloyed pleasure, they also satisfy stringent environmental and social criteria.

Here, quality management begins with the procurement of the perfect cocoa beans and ends with the despatch of the delicious Kägi products all over the world.

Our raw materials

The cocoa bean grows in the tropics, mainly in Africa and South America. The cocoa pods are cut from the tree with a machete and the ripe seeds laid out in the sun to dry. Then they are fermented and dried again. Only the best beans are good enough for the fine chocolate coating of the Kägi and nimble hands pack the fresh delicacies into sacks. They are then sent on their long sea voyage to Europe and then on to Lichtensteig in Switzerland.

Palm oil is purchased in compliance with the RSPO standard, the ‚Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil‘. This approach allows Kägi to purchase sustainably-produced palm oil which is 100% physically verifiable (100% RSPO segregated with a UTZ-based monitoring system, check our progress here). Factors not covered by RSPO criteria are checked additionally via the TFT environmental organisation. Enterprises that cultivate sustainable palm oil plantations undertake not to clear any tropical rainforests or ecologically-significant forest areas during the production of this raw material. This serves, on the one hand, to protect endangered animal and plant species and, on the other, to help ensure that land use and property rights are respected. A further major concern is the safeguarding of fair working conditions for people in the growing areas.

At the present time, we are engaged in ensuring that the hazelnuts also satisfy social standards. To this end, we are currently switching over our procurement system with the result that from 2014, we will obtain 100% of our hazelnuts from Italy where the adherence to social standards is deemed to be met. Our eggs are sourced exclusively from chickens reared using the deep litter system (barn eggs) and all our wafer and biscuit specialities are free from GMOs

(genetically modified organisms), artificial flavouring, colouring and preservatives. In order to ensure the maximum enjoyment and exquisite taste of our Kägi products, we constantly monitor the origin and cultivation conditions of all our raw materials and strive for continual improvement in quality with regard to environmental and social conditions.