The Guittard Chocolate Company is an American-based chocolate maker based in Burlingame, California. Founded in San Francisco in 1868, it is the oldest continuously family-owned chocolate company in the U.S. Guittard produces couverture chocolate based on traditional French methods. Guittard Chocolate Company is a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), a public-private member group of stakeholders in cocoa. Through WCF, Guittard is a funding partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others of the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) in West Africa that delivers essential support to insure quality of life for farmers through sustainable cocoa growing. Guittard is a funding partner with USAID and others in Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions, the ECHOES program, also in West Africa.
Guittard sources cocoa beans that are Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified.