The Bensdorp Heritage
Masters of Cacao since 1840
Our History and Heritage
Our rich and delightful history traces all the way back to the 19th century Holland, an industrial hotbed for revolutionary cocoa processing techniques that determined the unique taste and texture of the cocoa products you enjoy today.
To this moment we embrace our roots dearly, inspiring us to uphold the premium Bensdorp quality and unequalled usability and stimulating us to create innovative new products to offer you the world’s finest cocoa.
Revolutionary Dutch inventions
In 1828 the Dutchman Coenraad van Houten invented the cocoa press, which made it possible to produce cocoa powder that was incredibly easy to dissolve in liquids. Van Houten later also invented the Dutching process, which improved the solubility of cocoa powder even more and allowed greater variation in taste and color.
The Bensdorp story
Our story began in 1840, when Gerardus Bensdorp founded his small chocolate and cocoa factory. Prior to opening his factory, Gerardus had spent seven years wandering Europe working as a chocolate and sugar manufacturer. This man knew cocoa. And the time had come to share his own recipes with the world.
From family business to an internationally renowned brand
Gerardus Bensdorp’s recipes, know-how and passion for cocoa were passed on from generation to generation. With a sequence of his descendants at the helm the small traditional chocolate factory grew into a thriving business, offering delicious cocoa products to the entire world.
Today, with close to 180 years of experience and a global presence, Bensdorp has learned to create the finest high-quality cocoa powders imaginable. Our products are designed to meet the most specific food application requirements and bring the wonderful experience of chocolate flavor and color where chocolate cannot go. For moments of pure pleasure.