Who We Are
Two brothers, Alejandro and Galo, and their longtime friend Oscar, after living in Canada and Europe, reunited in Ecuador and decided to found AOG Foods because of their passion for chocolate and love for their country.
AOG Foods chocolate reflects the extraordinary and exotic soul of Ecuador. This megadiverse small country in South America has some of the best varieties of cacao in the world, such as the country’s national “Arriba” or “Fine Aroma Cacao”, that has been used for many years for the best gourmet chocolate companies of the world.
At AOG Foods, we have developed a range of unique chocolates by using the Ecuadorian raw material of excellence, the “Arriba” fine aroma cacao. This allows us to offer chocolate lovers products with many nuances and richness from each region of the country.
The cocoa beans are influenced by a great variety of flowers and exotic fruits that grow in various microclimates. But even more than high-quality chocolate, AOG Foods wants to offer its consumers an unforgettable experience of flavors and aromas that will take them through fascinating landscapes, stories, and legends of what is known as the golden nugget, the Ecuadorian cocoa.
AOG FOODS INC is ISO Certified
After a meticulous and well-earned effort, our factory is officially FSSC 22000 certified. Through the certification scheme we have proven that our chocolate manufacturing facility is GFSI compliant, thus satisfying the requirement to hold this prestigious and world-wide recognized certificate by the largest supermarket chains in America and Europe. You can trust our brand and be sure that you are getting a product that is made with our consumers well-being as our number one priority. Our production facility, built specifically for chocolate making, follows all food safety norms mandated by this certification and guarantees that we produce and commercialize chocolates with the highest standards. All our production procedures, food safety regulations, internal policies and provider qualifications have been validated and recognized as efficient in providing innocuous and high-quality chocolates to our consumers.
Innovation At AOG Foods, we are always pursuing quality and innovation. When we make chocolate, we seek to create a uniquely special experience. We spend many months in search of a chocolate that exceeds our expectations. We travel around Ecuador in search of the bests cocoa beans.
Not all cocoa beans are similar or can be adapted to specific needs. One of AOG Foods’ missions is to ensure that our products, whether chocolate or cocoa derivatives, offer such a high quality and variety of flavors that they can address the specifics of all types of clientele. Furthermore, to continue this trend, new products are tested every day to ensure we can compete and give value in the chocolate manufacturing industry of today.
In summary, if we look at our range of products, we can say with pride that it is not just about chocolate, but the real gastronomic experience that you will get by savoring the chocolates of our different brands, a sensation of aromas and flavors bursting in your mouth that your taste buds and senses will adore.
Our hardworking people and the environment: At AOG Foods, we produce all our products in Ecuador, for an assured guarantee of quality and fair trade. Developing a product that would become a leading competitor in the chocolate market is essential, but always ensuring that we work in accordance with the values of fair trade and environmental protection. We work in close collaboration with several cocoa growers’ associations ensuring that they are properly cared for, in particular, through their compensation. We pay 20% to 50% more than the market price for the cocoa beans so the agricultors can benefit directly.
We feel rewarded because they can improve their life quality, they give us great cacao, and ultimately we help to preserve Ecuador’s biodiversity through traditional farming and harvesting methods that these small producers follow.
Quality: This can only be achieved by a great group of workers. At AOG everyone participates in the company’s important decisions. Everyone contributes to their expertise and their passion to attain our goals. We follow very strict procedures for processing our cacao in order to make delicious chocolate. Our company has the Good Manufacturing Practices Certification, Organic Certification for North America and Europe and the ISO certification for food FSSC 22000.
Our newly built facility AOG Foods handles the whole process of making bean to bar chocolate. Characteristics of the facility:
- All new state of the art equipment.
- Organic Certification for Canada, the US and the European Union.
- Good Manufacturing Practices.
- FSSC 22000, which is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
- The facility was designed and purpose-built specifically for the production of chocolate.
- We follow very strict standards of quality assurance, traceability, continuous improvement and sanitation.
- Large production capabilities.
- We have a very strong relationship with various Cacao associations from Ecuador.
- Complete laboratory for analysis and also for product development.
- All our chocolates are processed from bean to bar.
- We speak English, French, and Spanish.
- Our staff has the experience, the knowledge, and passion to make the best chocolate.