The original Since 1815

For making the rich taste of cocoa accessible to everyone to the patent they claimed for the vertical cocoa press: the Van Houten Family sparked nothing less than a revolution - one of a kind, true in its kind. Their innovative Dutching process created the lovely, full-bodied, chocolatey taste of cocoa we still enjoy today. Today still, Van Houten is the best that goes farthest.
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Milestones in the Van Houten legacy

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1806

Caspardus Van Houten starts a coffee & spice shop in Amsterdam

1815

Start of cacao and chocolate production in Amsterdam under the Van Houten company name

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1828 

Van Houten patents the hydraulic cocoa press and reduces cocoa butter by nearly half for a lighter, more nutritious and dissolvable cocoa powder.

1835

Second generation: Caspardus’ son Coenraad enters the company.

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1846

Coenraad patents Dutching cocoa for powders with a rich, chocolatey taste. They are mixed with alkaline salts, which makes them blend more easily with water.

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1864

The third generation enters and the official name becomes C. J. Van Houten & Zoon.

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1865

Van Houten packs its cocoa in tins: a revolution bringing great convenience.

1889

Van Houten brings its rich cocoa flavours to the USA and becomes one of the hottest brands on the market. 

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1917-60

Van Houten opens new production facilities around the world.

1998

Barry Callebaut acquires Van Houten’s vending mix.

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2018

All Van Houten beverages are UTZ certified and made with 100% sustainable cocoa.

The Originals  of van Houten

Today, Van Houten is back. Committing to its original mission to create a richer life for everyone, it reconnects with its tradition of bringing the best cocoa powders to chefs and bar tenders. Now they can spoil their customers with the rich taste and colours of chocolate with Van Houten's cacao. 

Discover our products

VH Tanzania Organic UTZ

Unravel Africa’s dark mystery with our new organic chocolate drink with 33% cocoa. The rare bean variety in Van Houten Tanzania combines intensity and bitterness with fruitiness and freshness thanks to medium acidic notes. This hot chocolate drink is prepared with freshly steamed milk or a combination of steamed milk and hot water. Its UTZ cocoa certification and organic ingredients make it the ultimate sustainable choice.

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VH12 UTZ
Looking for a delicious dark hot chocolate drink? Van Houten VH12 is a real treat for chocolate fans looking for a strong cocoa flavour and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Because it's made from UTZ certified cocoa, it is sustainable from source to shelf!
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Caprimo Choco Red
With its creamy mouthfeel and 16% cocoa, Caprimo Choco Red is the ultimate hot chocolate drink to satisfy the most demanding chocolate lovers! Its excellent machine functionality will assure that you are worry free and its great taste with every cup!
Caprimo
VH2 UTZ
With 59% chocolate powder and 34% cocoa, Van Houten VH2 chocolate drink perfectly combines the intense taste of chocolate with the smoothness of real milk. Ideal for demanding customers! Because it's UTZ certified, it's your sustainable choice!
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Stefaan Naeyaert
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+32 471 133 132

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Eddystone, 19022
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