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Help needed: Contract chocolate manufacturers in the US and Colombia?

Hello, fellow chocolate lovers and all those reading The Chocolate Life!

I am relatively new to the world of chocolate and would appreciate any advice you were willing to give me.

May I please ask a favor?

I am looking for a contract chocolate manufacturer in either the US or Colombia who can produce 85 % plus cocoa, gluten-free and allergen-free batches (certified).

Can anyone suggest someone?

Thank you!


James Swanwick

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Comment by Clay Gordon on September 29, 2011 at 8:07pm

I understand your concern here. It's a lot easier to say "made in a facility that does not process nuts, dairy, and soy" and also "gluten-free." These could be verified by lab testing.

I just want to be clear that you're limiting the allergens to dairy, soy (including lecithin - you'd substitute sunflower lecithin, if used), tree nuts (actually in the tropics most common would probably be limited to Brazil and Macadamia nuts), peanuts, and gluten.

And while we're on the subject, what kinds of quantities are you thinking of?

Comment by James Swanwick on September 29, 2011 at 7:59pm
Clay, thanks for responding. I am still looking for a truly "allergen-free" certificate. So far, my research has found companies who still process milk and nuts in the factory. So a statement on the ingredients lists would say: "May contain traces of nuts and milk." Still looking.
Comment by James Swanwick on September 29, 2011 at 7:55pm
Pierrick, thank you for your suggestion. Who is the best contact at Luker Cacao? And what are your contact details?
Comment by Clay Gordon on September 29, 2011 at 4:58pm


In re-reading this, I am curious to know if there is a generic "allergen-free" certificate. Apart from tree nuts (peanuts and ...? ) and gluten, what other potential allergens do you need to ensure are not in the product?


Because of basic bioindividuality issues it is impossible to be 100% guaranteed allergen free - some people are apparently allergic to chocolate.

:: Clay 

Comment by Pierrick Dubreil on September 29, 2011 at 1:21pm


I was reading older post, and came across yours. We stared importing couverture chocolate from Colombia, Luker Cacao. They are based in Bogota and work with Colombia beans. They manufacture 85% origin chocolate, you can visit our site:


Let me know if you have any question.



Pierrick Dubreil

Comment by John M Rossini on July 1, 2011 at 2:55pm
Hi James,  We can do organic certified and fair-trade certified chocolate products.   As for allergen and gluten free, we don't have the certification.   Let me know if we can help.  Thank you, John R.  
Comment by James Swanwick on May 31, 2011 at 12:13am
Thank you, Harry!
Comment by Harry Way on May 25, 2011 at 10:38pm

Please check with Nguyen Lopez at The Healthy Chocolate Company in Sarasota FL.


They are Kosher


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