The invention of chocolate
Josef Zotter invest in his products constantly.In 2004 he took part in the Fair-trade and in 2005 his company turned to orgainc.And in 2006 he opened his own chocolate factory.That's why he is the only organic and fair-trade chocolate maker in the whole Europe.
Josef Zotter has succeeded in transforming the world of chocolates. With the hand-scooped chocolates the creative chocolate maker from Riegersburg has managed to upset our familiar view of the world of chocolate. Bacon Bits in chocolate, Pumpkin Seeds with Marzipan and Apples and Carrots with Ginger surrounded by chocolate. The chocolate revolution started: novel flavor combinations, a new format, art as packaging and the transformation of delicacies into green food. In 2012 the hand-scooped chocolates are celebrating their 20th anniversary. 20 years of chocolate history filled with a tremendous amount of creations, crazy ideas and the rebellion against the mainstream.
Bean-to-bar – from the bean to the chocolate since the opening of the Chocolate Factory Josef Zotter has ranked among the few quality chocolate makers around the world whose chocolate production processes are located under the same roof: From the roasting of the cocoa beans via the rolling up to the finishing touches in the conching plant everything is carried out with a high degree of sensitivity. In this way Zotter clearly positions himself against standardized mass production and the concentration of the chocolate market. In his Chocolate Factory there is no run-of-the-mill processing.
The entire manufacturing process becomes transparent and tangible for visitors in the Chocolate Theatre.
Zotter even was invited to the renowned Harvard University and his company is the only Austrian company included as part of the students’ curriculum as a case study.