As quoted on their website Rigoni di Asiago as a company has and will always chose to work with ‘high-quality, organic ingredients to offer products that are good for people and the environment.’ The company values itself on choosing the best ingredients for its’ products and believes that the only way to achieve having those products is by treating the environment in which they are grown well. The company made this pact back in 1923 when the organisation was first started and has stated that as long as the company continues to operate that this will be their philosophy! The Nocciolata segment of the Rigoni di Asiago company was created in 2008.
I think that Nocciolata dairy free is a sustainable alternative to popular unsustainable alternatives (such as Nutella). I believe that Rigoni di Asiago as a company is trying to be pioneering within their work. This can be shown by the company focusing on the social sustainability of their employees and by running all production facilities using renewable energy.
Palm oil is an extremely destructive ingredient used within conventional Nutella. Palm oil is involved within deforestation in areas such as the Amazon. However, in Nocciolata there is no palm oil involved, meaning that there is a reduction in the amount of deforestation involved in the creation of the product. Additionally, Nocciolata dairy free is a vegan product. There are many academic articles proving that a vegan diet is extremely less environmentally detrimental than one which involves eating or drinking dairy, meat or fish.
The other ingredients are: cane sugar, hazelnut paste, sunflower oil, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin and vanilla extract. As the website states, ‘all the fruit and raw ingredients used in (their) products come exclusively from organic farming.’ This means that overall there is a relatively sustainable practice of getting the ingredients for the Nocciolata. Cane sugar however is a plant which uses significant amounts of water to grow. Leading it to have a significant environmental impact. Sunflower oil additionally has a high water impact. 1kg of sunflower oil takes 814 gallons of water to produce.
The production process to create Nocciolata dairy free only involves organic ingredients and is a non-GMO process. The products used within the product are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals.
To create the product only sustainable energy is used. The production facilities generate both electricity and heat at the same time (through a cogeneration plant). This in turn reduces the amount of fuel and water needed dramatically. The energy used is generated by wind. The water used in the process is then recirculated (after being treated / purified). This means that fossil fuels are not involved in the production process, thereby keeping the carbon footprint of Nocciolata dairy free small.
The company has a 100% visible supply chain. This means that the suppliers to Rigoni di Asiago have complete transparency to the growing conditions of their ingredients. The company stands by having chemical free ingredients in their products.
Moreover, the packaging used is 100% recyclable. There is no plastic involved in the packaging. The packaging involves a glass jar and tin lid. This means that the circular economy can be involved within the packaging process.
The product holds the following certifications: Non-GMO verified, USDA Organic and the IFS food certification, Vegan certification.
The company has signed for an ethical approach to always be involved within their product production process. This is as it states on their website: ‘The company believes strongly in respecting and valuing each individual employee…’ This shows that they value the social side of sustainability and the health of their employees. Internal training courses to promote ethics and sustainability are done on a regular basis. Potentially meaning that all other areas of sustainability are valued also.
The operation centre is found in the Asiago Plateau, Italy. Then there is the logistics centre based in Verona. This shows that within the manufacturing process there are small distances between the factories. This reduces the carbon footprint of the product. Although this product is originally created and largely bought in Italy it is also shipped internationally. This shipping does add to the carbon footprint of the product. Thus, if the product is bought in Italy there is a smaller carbon footprint compared to if it is bought from any other country.