Making tomorrow sweeter

Making tomorrow sweeter

We believe that you, chefs, have the power to create a delicious and sustainable future. We want to help you do so. 

Food is one of life’s great pleasures – sustaining us, transporting us and bringing us together for shared experiences. But today we’re in the midst of a climate, biodiversity ​and public health crisis, ​crises for which the food system ​must shoulder significant responsibility. At Valrhona, we believe that the world of gastronomy can be the source of the solution.  Chefs like you have the ability to create food culture - influencing how, what and when people eat. It is this power that can be used to positively impact the planet, our diets and our future. 

The world of sweet gastronomy faces specific sustainability challenges. Until now, however, there has not been a coherent framework for what ‘good’ looks like in the sector, nor tailored advice to help pastry chefs and artisans improve their impact. In partnership with Food Made Good - Valrhona’s official sustainability partner - and chefs across the world, we aim to change this.  

Through our framework and guide, understand the key issues the sector faces and find practical advice on how to address them. Use our free self-assessment tool to understand how your business is performing compared to peers and get recommendations for on how to go further. Discover our tools below

Together, let’s ensure the desserts, pastries, chocolates and ice creams that we treasure not only taste good but do good too. 

CELEBRATE LOCAL & SEASONAL

Celebrate local & seasonal

Buying local produce in season is a shortcut to fresher, tastier, healthier ingredients. Seasonal fresh food, with shorter food miles, often has a smaller environmental footprint.  

 

 

Support Global Farmers

Support Global Farmers

A responsible business needs to understand where its ingredients come from and how they have been produced and use its purchasing to support economic development of farmers around the world. 

 

 

Animal welfare

Support Biodiversity & animal welfare 

Ethical farming practices can mean animals have more space and varied natural environments to live in, as well as supporting biodiversity by preserving habitats for plants and insects. 

Feed People Well

Feed people well

Health concerns play an increasinglycentral role in customer choice. Keeping up with demand and offering dishes that are not excessively ‘unhealthy’ is as such likely to appeal to customers. 

 

 

Support The Community

Support the community

Connecting kitchens to the community can increase customer loyalty, staff loyalty and make the food taste even sweeter. Being a positive influence on your local community often leads to social, economic and environmental benefits. 

 

 

Treat all staff fairly

Treat all staff fairly

Supporting a positive staff culture helps foster a fulfilling place of work for all and makes hospitality a more attractive career prospect. The most successful businesses have found that a progressive approach helps improve recruitment and retention. 

Value natural resources

Unnecessary use of energy and water is not only bad for the environment but costs your business money. The good news is that this is an area of sustainability where the interests of profit and planet directly align. 

 

 

Waste no food

Between 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are associated with food that is not consumed. This wasted food also represents a financial cost to businesses. Given there are food shortages in parts of the world, a responsible business has a duty to try and limit food waste. 

 

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

We need to move away from a make, take, dispose linear economy towards a circular economy model, where reducing, reusing and recycling are the aims, and in that order. Not only will this reduce waste that is sent to landfill but it can also save you money. 

Assess your impact

So what now? You understand the issues, you’ve read the tips. Now find out how your own business measures up by taking our free online assessment.  

This online tool will help you to understand how you’re currently performing against our sweet gastronomy sustainability framework. Designed to capture all the things you’re currently doing, you can use this assessment to recognize great practice, as well as highlight any areas for action that you might want to work on. 

After completing the free assessment, you will be sent a personalized report to help you focus your future efforts. You’ll also be able to see how you compare to the industry benchmark for your type of business, hopefully inspiring a bit of gentle competition!

Once you have your action plan, join pastry and dessert chefs from around the world in committing to making sweet gastronomy sustainable. Tag Valrhona and Food Made Good in your social media posts to share your progress with us! 

Our Contributors

In developing this guide and the sustainable sweet gastronomy framework, Food Made Good and Valrhona have spoken to 30 chefs across 12 countries. Expertise ranged from pastry chefs, chocolatiers, bakers and ice cream specialists to those working in hotels, restaurants and events. Getting a global perspective on the sustainability challenges and successes faced by chefs the world over was essential to the production of this guide.  

Our thanks go to all those who were involved in this project: