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Our philosophy

We seek to create pleasure that goes beyond the mere sense of taste – and touches us in all dimensions.

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The history of the chocolaterie

1929: Founding of “Chocolats et Bonbons fins Camille Bloch” in Bern

1935: Relocation to Courtelary and founding of “Chocolats Camille Bloch SA”

1942: Invention of RAGUSA

During the war years there was a shortage of raw materials. In 1942 Camille Bloch came up with a brilliant idea: he processed ground hazelnuts into a paste and added whole hazelnuts. He spread the paste in flat moulds, covered them on both sides with a thin layer of chocolate and cut them into rectangular 50-gram bars.

1948: Creation of the TORINO tablet bar

The company founder Camille Bloch was one of the first chocolatiers to introduce filled chocolate tablet bars onto the market. Initially only as a winter speciality until retail stores were air-conditioned.

1950: Invention of the TORINO stick

The pioneering spirit of TORINO can also be seen in the launch of the 50g stick in the 1950s – another area where Camille Bloch was well ahead of the competition.

1955: Creation of Kirsch chocolate

In 1955 the Kirsch chocolate speciality was introduced. A new production process meant it could be manufactured without the usual sugar crust.

1961-64: Expansion of production

1970: Death of Camille Bloch

Founder Camille Bloch passed away on 8 December 1970 in Bern. A year earlier he had already handed over operational responsibility to his son Rolf.

1971: Opening of the company crèche

1980: Sponsorship of EHCB (Ice Hockey Club Biel)

1997: Daniel Bloch takes over operational management responsibility

After several years in the business, Daniel Bloch, the elder son of Rolf Bloch, assumed the operational management of the company in 1997.

2003: Launch of TORINO NOIR

In 2003, Camille Bloch delighted chocolate lovers with the launch of TORINO NOIR, a dark and slightly bittersweet version of the original.

2005: Succession

Daniel Bloch succeeds his father, Rolf Bloch, as chairman of the board of Directors.

2005: Invention of the Mousse varieties

Our Mousse chocolate was a pioneering achievement: the original was invented by Chocolats Camille Bloch. Mousse is a light and airy speciality with a crisp chocolate coating.

2015: Death of Dr. Rolf Bloch

On 27 May Rolf Bloch passed away in Bern at the age of 84. He had worked at the company for over 50 years.

2016: Strong presence in Germany

Daniel Bloch, CEO of Chocolats Camille Bloch, in the focus of the german media at the Berlin Food Week 2016.

A family-owned business

Our Values

Chocolats Camille Bloch SA is a traditional family business headquartered in Courtelary in the Bernese Jura. It was founded by Camille Bloch in Bern in 1929. Today Daniel Bloch directs the fortunes of the Swiss chocolate maker in the third generation. Sustainable corporate governance with regard to economic, social and ecological issues is one of our fundamental values.

 

Camille Bloch Event in St. Moritz-Bad am Samstag, 14. Dezember 2013. Lara Gut mit Daniel Bloch (CEO). (PHOTOPRESS/Giancarlo Cattaneo)

Lara Gut and Daniel Bloch (CEO) in 2013.

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We have been manufacturing the finest chocolate specialities for over 80 years. We are distinguished by the high quality standards we maintain throughout the company. As a producer of specialities, we unite traditional values with the latest trends. Time-tested recipes meet modern technologies. We place great importance on authenticity and uniqueness.

Chocolats Camille Bloch SA employs 180 staff, making it one of the most important employers in the region. Some 3,700 tonnes of chocolate specialities are manufactured annually, of which about a quarter is exported.

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Our corporate culture

Much has changed since the founding of Chocolats Camille Bloch SA yet our core values have remained the same: the preservation of our traditional family values. The passion for chocolate. The high quality consciousness. Our responsibility towards people and the environment – from the cocoa bean to the finished chocolate. And, naturally, our loyalty to Swiss chocolate and to our home in the valleys of the Bernese Jura.

Chocolats Camille Bloch SA is unshakeably committed to a long-term strategy: for us, sustainable thinking and practices are not passing fads but a fundamental mindset that is constantly evolving.

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