Valrhona Philanthropy

Valrhona's Philanthropy Partnership

As a certified B Corporation, Valrhona places its commitment to social responsibility at the center of its business model, continuously striving to create a more responsible culinary industry. In light of the challenges facing chefs, food business owners and hospitality workers due to the response to COVID-19, it is imperative that members of the food industry pull together to meet the needs of workers in crisis. One of the ways Valrhona will strengthen recovery efforts is by supporting Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) in 2021. The chocolate company is donating $1 for every 1 kg block of AMATIKA 46% and $3 for every 3kg of AMATIKA bag sold in North America with all proceeds going to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

About Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

RWCF is a nationwide advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers. By addressing quality-of-life issues that disproportionately affect restaurant workers, RWCF works to strengthen the workforce and increase opportunities for advancement in the industry to more people, focusing on the following areas: wage fairness and career ladders, gender equity and sexual violence, racial justice and support for the immigrant community, and mental health and substance abuse.

For its COVID-19 Relief Fund, RWCF has partnered with Southern Smoke Foundation to raise and distribute funds directly to industry workers who have been impacted by COVID-19. As of December 27, 2020, the two organizations had raised more than $6.75 million for grants. RWCF’s Board of Directors has approved directing funds raised in the follow ways:

• 50% for direct crisis relief to individual restaurant workers
• 25% for nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis
• 25% for zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running
Unless otherwise requested by the donor, kindly note that Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation is allocating 10% of donations over $10,000 for administrative expenses/general operating support, which is critical to supporting and administering the fund.

Read more about RWCF here.
To make a donation to RWCF’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, click here.

About AMATIKA 46%

Valrhona marks a milestone in chocolate-making with AMATIKA 46%, the first vegan Grand Cru chocolate available for both pastry chefs and home gourmets. AMATIKA is another unique chocolate in the Valrhona collection – sweet and creamy like a milk chocolate couverture, yet powerful like a single origin chocolate. The result of passionate teamwork between sourcing teams, cocoa producers, innovation and sensory experts and L’École Valrhona’s pastry chefs, AMATIKA 46% gives artisans the opportunity to see vegan pastry as a new source of inspiration, a way to stand out from the crowd and to serve a broader range of customers. Read more about AMATIKA 46% here