Guittard Chocolate Company is a San Francisco Bay Area chocolate maker celebrated for crafting world-class couverture chocolate based on traditional French methods. Available in the UK through Buckley & Beale, the chocolate company’s quality is endorsed by Paul a Young, widely regarded as the UK’s best chocolatier.
Founded in San Francisco in 1868, the Guittard Chocolate Company is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated chocolate making business in the United States. Today, it’s run by the 4th generation Guittard, CEO Gary who is joined by his daughter Amy and nephew Clark heading up marketing and sales. Under them, Guittard continues to raise the bar with its passion for honourable sourcing, crafting the highest quality chocolate, providing the best service, and setting new standards for the industry, an approach that is exemplified by its mission to Cultivate Better.
Guittard creates chocolate for the home baker as well as some of the best talent in the chocolate and pâtisserie industry. Its couverture range offers single origin, blends, fairtrade and organic chocolate. It strives to create the best chocolate on earth by blending tradition and adventurous innovation in a way that nurtures the environment and cultivates constructive relationships with its extended family of customers, co-workers, farmers and suppliers. Guittard is a leader in its global efforts to promote the sustainability of the cocoa growing regions and the wellbeing of cocoa workers.
Whether working with the bold and traditional or the unique flavours and characteristics of rare heirloom cacao varieties, Gary Guittard and his sourcing team are constantly in search of that elusive blend or single origin bean that will create new and exciting chocolate experiences. This uncompromising attitude towards sourcing and dedication to building and nurturing relationships with their growers are hallmarks of Guittard’s “quality from the ground up” approach. In addition to paying a premium for its cacao, Guittard sends an expert team to travel the world, working closely with growers, many of whom they’ve known and worked with for years. The team assesses the development of individual crops and oversees the fermentation and drying process of the cacao beans.
Guittard continues to grow with the same innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability that has made it one of the world’s most respected makers of premium chocolate.