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Good Honest Chocolate

Chocolate Making

Our family is passionate about crafting New Zealand’s finest chocolate. So passionate in fact, we’re four generations in and counting. We’re sticklers for quality. Keen to roll up our sleeves and get involved in the day-to-day. You’ll often find Andrew and Brian tinkering about on the factory floor!

Our search for the most precise machinery takes us around the world. While at home in Porirua, we make sure our wonderful staff are supported and search for ways to make our factory operations more sustainable.

Find out how we're innovating to make the best even better.

Powered by renewable energy

Meridian Energy powers our factory. They only generate electricity from 100% renewable energy sources like wind, sun and water.

Made in New Zealand since 1896

All Whittaker's products are made in our one factory in Porirua, New Zealand.

Our timeline

  • 2020

    Waste reduction plan begins

    Reducing internal process packaging, switching to recyclable alternatives and educating staff.

  • 2019

    Build for a new bean roasting facility starts

    We're committed to making world-class Beans to Bear chocolate from Porirua.

  • 2019

    Waste audit completed

    Organic Wealth audit our waste to inform our waste reduction plan.

  • 2018

    New production line installed for gifting range

    Allowing us to launch our Artisan and Minimix assortments, the gifts to give, the gifts to get.

  • 2017

    Supporting renewable energy generation

    With Meridian Energy.

  • 2016

    English language support for staff

    We begin our ongoing partnership with Aspire 2 to create a programme to support our diverse workforce.

  • 2012

    Swiss Roll Refiner arrives

    Innovation continues, making our Creamy Milk chocolate even smoother.

  • 1969

    Our factory moves to Porirua

    From Christchurch to Wellington and finally, Porirua. To this day, it remains our heart and home.

  • 1896

    Whittaker's company established

    Arguably, the most important year of all!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    All of our products are proudly made at our one factory in Porirua, New Zealand.

    We'd love to take you on the journey! There are a number of steps to our chocolate making process. Go behind the scenes on our Beans to Bar page and find out how we do it.

    We are unable to offer tours because of our relatively small size and tight factory regulations. But you can still get a sneak peek of what goes on behind the scenes on our Beans to Bar page!

    We believe in investing in our wonderful staff. So, at Whittaker's we have a carefully curated Wellness Programme which focuses on physical health and social wellbeing to keep our team healthy and happy. It's made up of a set of initiatives including, gym memberships, free fruit in the workplace, bespoke English language lessons, eye care, hearing tests – and more!