In 2010, LACON attained authorization to carry out certification according the UTZ Standard. “UTZ Certified Good Inside” with its headquarters in Amsterdam was initially designed for coffee farming and has now been extended to cover tea and cocoa production.
Professionalization of agricultural production and improved management enable the farmers in developing countries to increase sustainability of their raw materials resulting in a production of larger quantities at a lower cost. Increased profit generated is used to improve the living standards of the farmers and their families.
There are two UTZ certification categories. The “Code of Conduct” sets the certification requirements for agricultural production. The “Chain of Custody” specifies the certification requirements for the manufacturing industry.
Compliance to the standards is verified during an annual inspection. Complete traceability of UTZ products at all producer and processing levels is verified.
LACON is certifying major companies in Europe, in particular those in the field of cocoa and chocolate, for compliance with the UTZ Standard.
LACON GmbH, having locations in Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, offers a wide variety of certifications in the fields of farming and food processing. The entire food-chain, from seeds and feed up to the final product reaching the consumer, is put to test.
For more than 20 years, LACON has been serving clients using competent food and agricultural specialists as qualified auditors. We help certified companies to demonstrate and document their competence thereby enabling them to sustain their position and strengthen their customers’ confidence in a market geared towards product safety.
LACON is not controlled by external interests and is therefore impartial and independent. Consequently, LACON can offer services equally to all applicants independent of commercial influences.
Based on a reasonable fee structure and using qualified personnel, we achieve a high level of control and certification without jeopardizing the economic feasibility of the products being certified.
LACON certifies companies operating globally as well as small producers and farmers. Distinguished references and national and international accreditations (DAkkS, BMWFJ, USDA, APEDA etc.) are proof of LACON’s competence.