For three generations, the Cluizel family has evolved amidst fragrances of chocolate. With the help of skilled Cacaofèviers®, Confectioners and Chocolate Makers, the family carries on with their tradition, where everything started: in Damville, Normandy. The Manufacture Cluizel developed a direct, sustainable relation with cocoa planters. This fair commitment is a pledge of quality.
A genuine, natural taste, this is what the self demanding chocolatier always strives for. And to achieve this, cocoa beans are fermented according to a skillfully controlled technique, at the planter’s premises. Then, everything is made at the Manufacture Cluizel: from the slow roasting process that perfectly reveals all the cocoa flavors, to the subtle decorations which are often handmade. This results in a range of tastes from unique soils, emphasized by traditional or innovative recipes: Michel Cluizel’s chocolates.
For more than 15 years, Michel Cluizel has been selling their chocolate from their stores in New York and New Jersey. Their USA manufacturing facility, located in West Berlin NJ, produces handcrafted chocolates and non-dairy pastries, many of which are gluten free and has recently added a chocolate museum, “Chocolatrium” modeled after the respected Chocolatrium in Damville. Both facilities are open to the public, which offers unique tastings, a guided tour through the history of chocolate and how its processed from bean to bar.
For 65 years and three generations of enthusiasts, the Cluizel family along with 220 experienced employees desire to share their values with you through outstanding products: our chocolates with the inimitable Cluizel taste.
- A spirit of fair, lasting trade and privileged relations with planters -
Since 1997, the Cluizel company has been one of the few Cacaoféviers (processing cocoa beans into chocolate) in the world. The company’s approach lies in developing direct relations with five renowned planters (Mexico, Santo Domingo, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé, Madagascar) in order to give them the guarantee of a consistent purchase price and worker-friendly work conditions.
The very special relation we have had with our planters for over 7 years now – in which we banish any merchant/go-between and use precise specifications in order to achieve meticulous selection of beans – enables us to guarantee the best possible cocoa traceability.
For 7 years now, we have endeavored to find renowned plantations in the most reputable cocoa-producing countries, in order to create “1ers Crus de Plantation”®. This specific approach enables us to find the best cocoa beans in the world and to guarantee the best possible cocoa traceability. Our “1ers Crus de Plantation”®chocolates intensify the aromatic potential of each terroir through an adequate manufacturing process and a unique production skill. They enable us to create an intense aromatic range.
- Respect for environment comes first -
A nature-friendly company, Manufacture Cluizel has invested $600,000 in building a sewage treatment plant to process sewage organically, with no environment nuisance, which contributes to sustainable development, through the use of a natural filter: reed.
The ‘Manufacture’ is a member of the ‘Club EPEE 2020’ (A clean, energy-saving company in the lead up to 2020). Through this organization we were awarded the 2012 ‘Croissance Verte’ (Green Growth) trophy (for our commitment to reducing energy consumption). The club’s role is to share good practices between manufacturers committed to reducing expenditure on all forms of energy.
Safeguarding our Environment
Manufacture Cluizel requires its service providers to have “Imprim' Vert”, PEFC and FSC certification out of a common desire to reduce the environmental impacts linked to printing activities. These certifications also attest to a firm’s support for good sustainable forest management practices.
For its packaging, Manufacture Cluizel requires compliance with the ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 and BRC standards relating to finished product quality management systems, and in particular guaranteeing “food contact” certification.