In 2025, 100% of our nuts will come from orchards where biodiversity is fostered.

Why is biodiversity in nuts orchards important?

Almonds orchards in Spain

The last reports about the loss of biodiversity are alarming. 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction(1). Among those, bees and other pollinators are in a critical situation and 40% of invertebrate pollinators species are facing a risk of extinction.

Almonds and macadamia depend heavily on pollinators’ activity, and the steep decrease in pollinators’ population is undoubtedly endangering our food diversity as a whole. Loss of habitat, use of pesticides, pests and diseases, and climate change are the main reasons for this decline.

In parallel, agriculture practices can play a key role to maintain local biodiversity: by carefully using pesticides and limiting their usage to when absolutely needed, and maintaining a haven for local fauna with agro-ecological infrastructures. 

With this in mind, we aim to promote practices favoring biodiversity to make sure we can enjoy the best nuts in a sustainable way.

What is the link between almonds and bees?

Almonds are not killing bees, but when intensive almond farming takes place, the use of pesticides and the loss of habitat (due to monoculture) are negatively impacting bees and their mortality rate.

  • No almond, no bees: The almond tree is a plant that is friendly to bees. Almond flowers are among the first ones to blossom, between February and March. They are key for honey bees as it is one of the first sources of food they can find after winter to reinforce the beehive and enable an important increase of bees population. 
  • No bees, no almonds: Honey bees and other pollinators are essential to almond trees as they play a key role in the pollination process, going from one flower to another and spreading the precious pollen that is necessary for flowers to fertilize and grow almonds.
Honeybee pollinating an almond flower

Our commitment

Our commitment: by 2025, all of the nuts we source will come from orchards where biodiversity is fostered. This means they will comply with one of the following options:

  1. Be produced according to certifications supporting biodiversity, such as organic or Bee-Friendly 
  2. Come from producers implementing at least 3 IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques in order to limit their pesticide usage and 3 good practices in favor of biodiversity.
  • Bee-friendly almonds: La Morella signed a partnership with Bee Friendly, a European label that aims to identify and promote pollinator-friendly products and production systems. Together with the organization and one of our suppliers, we work on the implementation of bee-friendly practices in Spanish almond orchards and in 2020, we have achieved the Bee Friendly certification. We are therefore the first player offering Bee Friendly certified almonds ! Progressively, we want to scale the volumes up.
  • Organic nuts: we offer organic-certified hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios. Those are grown according to strict requirements, without chemical pesticides.
  • Biodiversity practices: agro-ecological infrastructures such as hedges, stone walls, cover crops… are real reservoirs for the wild fauna. Beyond naturally enriching the soil and avoiding soil erosion, it provides refuge for beneficial insects, which can help to reduce the amount of pesticides used. We work with suppliers training nut farmers to maintain vegetal cover between trees. In the future we also want to encourage farmers to maintain agro-ecological infrastructures on their farms.
Bee friendly certification

Contact us!

Get in touch with us to learn more about our sustainability commitments.

La Morella Nuts products

Hazelnut Filling 25%

Confectionery hazelnut filling with an intense nut flavor due to its high nut content (25%). Slightly coarse texture, RSPO segregated, can be UTZ-certified.

La Morella
  • La Morella
  • Range
  • Fineness
    3
  • Melting profile
    smooth
Hazelnut Filling 10%

A smooth bold-flavoured hazelnut and milk chocolate bakestable filling, with 10% nut content. Because we start from whole fresh hazelnuts, medium roast them and refine all ingredients together in a continuous process, our mouthfeel is unrivalled. Perfect for bakery/pastry applications"

La Morella
  • La Morella
  • Range
  • Fineness
    4
  • Melting profile
    smooth
Hazelnut Filling 10%

A smooth bold-flavoured hazelnut and chocolate bakestable filling, with 10% nut content. Because we refine all ingredients together in a continuous process, our mouthfeel is unrivalled. Made with RSPO palm oil. Perfect for bakery/pastry applications"

La Morella
  • La Morella
  • Range
  • Fineness
    4
  • Melting profile
    smooth
Hazelnut Filling 10%

Pale white hazelnut filling with a smooth texture for confectionery applications. 10% nut content, light hazelnut and milky notes.

La Morella
  • La Morella
  • Range
  • Fineness
    4
  • Melting profile
    smooth
Hazelnut Filling 10%

Pale white hazelnut filling with a smooth texture for confectionery applications. 10% nut content, light hazelnut and milky notes. RSPO

La Morella
  • La Morella
  • Range
  • Fineness
    3
  • Melting profile
    smooth
Bakestable Hazelnut filling 11%

A smooth hazelnut and chocolate bakestable filling, with 11% nut content. Because we start from whole fresh hazelnuts, medium roast them and refine all ingredients together in a continuous process, our mouthfeel is unrivalled. Perfect for bakery/pastry applications. RSPO

La Morella
  • La Morella
  • Range
  • Fineness
    4
  • Melting profile
    smooth
Blanched roasted almond sticks

Blanched almond sticks with a thin, crispy layer of caramelized sugar. Stripped off their skin and medium roasted, freshly-cracked premium quality almonds disclose a mild, fresh almond taste and subtle roasted flavors. Deliciously sweet & crunchy! Also available with organic certification.

La Morella
Chopped blanched almonds

Chopped blanched almonds. Stripped off their skin and medium roasted, freshly-cracked premium quality almonds disclose a mild, fresh almond taste and subtle roasted flavors. Also available with organic certification.

La Morella

Get in Touch

Your Nearest Sales Representatives

Ruzanna Takhman
  • Food & Beverage manufacturers
1-312-496-7303

Your Nearest Office

Barry Callebaut USA LLC
903 Industrial Highway
Eddystone, 19022
United States

+1 610 872 4528