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Zotter Christmas Catalogue 2020

It’s getting Christmassy at Zotter’s and our entire festive collection – all of course ORGANIC + FAIR – is available to order as of now.

  • 7 heavenly Advent calendars
  • 13 Hand-scooped Christmas Chocolates
  • 5 festive Labookos
  • New: “Christmas Miracle“, sweetened with coconut sugar from the “Squaring of the Circle” range
  • New: “Cinnamon Praline“ Crema, the festive praline spread for your breakfast rolls
  • Many new Christmas stars and Christmas hearts with decoration, the finest gift sets and much, much more.

You can find our magical chocolates and all our new products from St. Nicholas to New Year’s Eve in our latest seasonal catalogue.

Zotter Christmas Catalogue 2020

Chocolate Collection 2020-21

We open this season with 16 new, Hand-scooped Chocolates: 3 variations of tender-melting Choco Mousse, 3 new Wine flavours, some cheeky Cola & Popcorn and much more.

Moreover, our focus this season is nuts – a current culinary trend. There are nutty new highlights sprinkled all over our range: Hand-scooped Chocolates with Marzipan and Almonds, homemade Pine Nut Marzipan, Chestnut + Cranberry and the re-launched Whole Nuts range with whole nuts from classic hazelnut to delicious pecans. Our re-imagined, tender-melting Praliné feature almonds, hemp, pumpkin seeds and more, and in our sugar-substituting Squaring the Circle range, we have 2 new, wonderfully soft praline creations made with Cashew and Hazelnut. And that’s just the start.

In our Labooko range, we present the mythical Maya Cacao and eco-conscious flavours made with cacao grown and harvested in nature reserves, or – like our Belize cacao – shipped to us via an actual sailboat.

Fruity, crunchy & all natural

Tender-melting fruit: colourful fruit couvertures enhanced with many little bits of fruit which give them a wonderfully crispy crunch. A huge, fruity flavour sensation made from purely natural ingredients, created – fruit-to-bar – by Zotter. Summer as a snack. Available in 9 flavours, 2 of which are entirely vegan.

Andreas H. Gratze, our art director, has been busy re-designing many of our chocolate wrappers. His popular illustrations full of creativity and humour have always been an absolute eye-catcher.

Have a look inside the new catalogue 2020-21 (PDF)

Zotter catalogue 2020-2021

Zotter Easter Spring Catalogue 2020

The new Easter collection has arrived. You can find our entire Easter range alongside sweet Mother’s and Father’s Day surprises in the latest catalogue.


  • 1 new hand-scooped Easter chocolate with XXL eggnog made from ostrich eggs, 1 new gift set with sweet, hand-scooped chocolate minis and a colourful bunny’s nest filled with bright chocolate eggs.
  • Flavour changes: Easter Bunnies Everywhere?, For Superbunny, My Easter Love, new flavours for hand-scooped Easter Minis, and Mitzi Blue Hot Chicken now without chilli.
  • New, brightly decorated filled Easter bunnies, Easter eggs and Easter minis from the Mixing range
  • All bonbon boxes and gift sets now with new and exciting flavours
  • Chocolate ideas for Mother’s and Father’s Day

You can find our magical chocolates and all our new products from Easter to Father's Day in our latest seasonal catalogue.

Zotter Easter catalogue 2020

Walter Scheel Medal 2019

Bonn, 9. November 2019, Villa Hammerschmidt

The 2019 Walter Scheel Medal has been awarded to Josef Zotter.

Jury award justification: »Josef ZOTTER – Zotter Chocolate Manufactory, Riegersburg – has been awarded the 13th annual Walter Scheel Medal to honour his exceptional contribution to the development of our great European chocolate culture. Josef Zotter is a true paragon of a business owner: innovative, determined and persistent and at the same time modest and down-to-earth. He is one of the world’s best chocolate producers and shows that competence and top artisanal product quality are not synonymous with an elitist approach and that fairness and sustainability can be much more than just marketing speak. With his highly innovative product range, his “bean to bar” processes and exclusively organic and fair trade produce, Josef Zotter impressively demonstrates how successful ethical business practices can become in the 21st century. His creations, meanwhile, keep scoring top marks in international competitions.«

Every year since 2014, in accordance with the European spirit of unity, connection and integration, the Walter Scheel Medal for lifestyle and gastronomy has been given out for outstanding services to European cuisine and gastronomy. The honourees are usually two individuals who have made exceptional contributions in these areas and to our cultural heritage. The award was created under the patronage of H.E. Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, former President of the Republic of France.

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The 2019 Walter Scheel Medal has been awarded to Josef Zotter

European Candy Kettle Award 2019

Josef Zotter is this year’s winner of the »European Candy Kettle Awards 2019«

The Candy Kettle Award is given for extraordinary quality, innovation and market performance.

Zotter among the Big Players
Since 1973, this award’s long and illustrious list of winners has featured the most important names in the European confectionary industry like Ferrero, Lindt & Sprüngli, Fazer, Katjes, Krupskaya, Valor, Colian and Valrhona. You can find a full list of winners as well as additional information on the award, club members and events at

Josef Zotter is very happy about this industry award which echoes way beyond Austria’s borders: »It’s a particular honour to be nominated and chosen as a winner, and to receive this prestigious award from the hands of some very Big Players in the industry. This all has been made possible by having the best employees in the world as well as a wonderful family! I am humbled, moved and overjoyed to be counted among these prominent representatives.«

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Josef Zotter with 2019 Candy Kettle Club AwardJosef Zotter with 2019 Candy Kettle Club Award 2

Zotter Christmas Catalogue 2019

It’s getting Christmassy at Zotter’s and our entire festive collection – all of course ORGANIC + FAIR – is available to order as of now.

  • 7 heavenly Advent calendars
  • 13 Hand-scooped Christmas Chocolates with all the latest designs and our brand-new Ho Ho Ho chocolate
  • 5 festive Labookos in an all-new design
  • Many new Christmas stars and Christmas hearts with decoration, the finest gift sets and much, much more.

You can find our magical chocolates and all our new products from Halloween to New Year’s Eve in our latest seasonal catalogue.

Zotter Christmas Catalogue 2019

Chocolate Collection 2019-20

We open this season with 18 new hand-scooped chocolates. Look out for classics like Salted Caramel, Amarena Cherry, Tiramisu and much more. Our daughter Julia has developed two vegan classics – Boozy Chocolate Mousse and White Brittle – as well as some experimental flavours like the new Seaweed Chocolate and the supremely delicious Whisky & Bacon, which even attracted the attention of British television. We are also excited to feature Yuzu, the latest trend ingredient, with a stunning flavour somewhere between tangerine and lemon.

And because Zotter chocolates make a very popular give-away, we have 6 new gift chocolates in our latest range: “All the Best“, “Sweet Greetings!“, “Sweet Break“, “Chocolate is Happiness“ and two chocolates that can be personalised: “For … from…“, easy to inscribe and perfect for any occasion, as well as an “Emoji Choco“, with smileys you can tick.

There are 4 new hand-scooped mini-chocolate snacks and a unicorn chocolate lolly for the kids.

The Labooko range features 6 new dark chocolates, 4 of which hail from Africa, where cooperatives are now forming, which deliver fantastic cocoa quality. You’ll be surprised! Also, there are 2 new Labooko gift chocolates, “I Love You“ and “Be Happy“.

Have a look inside the new catalogue 2019-20 (PDF)

Zotter catalogue 2019-2020

New Fair Logo

August 17, 2018 – We are 100% organic and fair trade as well as bean to bar and from this season, we will start to apply our new FAIR hand sign logo, as we renounce the Fairtrade label. We become a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). The WFTO will audit our entire business according to its fair-trade guidelines. 100% fair trade, without mass balance supply chain application, which we think is less than ideal.

Josef Zotter: "In my opinion, the FAIRTRADE certification is generally a good idea and certainly better than no oversight at all, but I want my customers to be able to buy chocolate and know that it contains exactly what it says on the wrapper."

Zotter's new FAIR logo

Zotter wins the Energy Globe Austria 2018 Award

5. June 2018 – Zotter wins the most significant environmental award in the world and receives the "Energy Globe Austria 2018" award as overall winner. The Energy Globe Award is the most significant environmental award in the world. 2000 projects from 182 nations were submitted this year. During a nail-biting finale, Zotter prevailed as overall winner in Austria with the project "Umweltschutz als Erfolgskonzept" ("environmental protection as a design for success") and won the Energy Globe Austria 2018 Award.

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Josef Zotter wins the Energy Globe Austria 2018 Award

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016

Josef Zotter, nominated for the "World Entrepreneur of the Year 2016", the Business Oscar, represented Austria in Monte Carlo and managed to secure himself a place in the Hall of Fame with his own star on the sidewalk.

For six days, the best entrepreneurs from 49 countries demonstrated their skills to win the title of "World Entrepreneur of the Year 2016" in Monte Carlo. It was all about entrepreneurship, financial performance, strategy, global and communal impact of the company, innovative power and personality. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) was the main focus, as was the invitation to all corporations to increasingly dedicate themselves to social tasks.

The jury's decision was accompanied by a brilliant framework programme, including a gala dinner, a meeting with Prince Albert, lots of celebrities, a high density of Maseratis and Porsches and a big firework.

Josef and Ulrike Zotter accepted the renowned "EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame" trophy, while the Australian Manny Stul from Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities won the race and the title.

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Josef Zotter go a place in the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Hall of Fame 2016Josef Zotter with Prince Albert II of Monaco

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015

Josef Zotter wins in the category of Trade & Consumer Goods and represents Austria at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016

On October 9th, 2015, the audit & consulting organisation EY gave out the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for the tenth time in Austria. More than 300 guests from the worlds of business, politics and society accepted the invitation to the glamorous gala in the ballrooms of the Hofburg Vienna. Out of the nine finalists, Josef Zotter from the Zotter Chocolate Manufacture was chosen represent Austria at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, which will take place in June 2016 in Monte Carlo. 

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Josef Zotter wins EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015

Zotter ranks amongst the international world class

"Zotter is and will remain at the top of the world-best chocolate manufacturers and by far the most innovative chocolatier of all." (Chocolate – the reference standard 2015, p. 839)

The chocolate world is in motion, which is why the chocolate tester Georg Bernardini has once again published a colossal standard work (919 pages) about the international chocolate market. The test included 550 brands and 4,000 products from 70 countries (by comparison, in 2012, the test included 271 brands, 2,700 products and 38 countries).

Zotter ranks among the Top 25 - the best chocolatiers in the world

"Zotter: the placement among the Top 25 is so much matter of course as it is for only very few brands and companies, similar to Domori almost indisputable." (Chocolate – the reference standard 2015, p. 849)

The Top 25 are awarded 6 cocoa pods. 6 cocoa pods stand for "Extraordinary quality of all products. Extremely rare to no deviations in the outstanding quality of the products." (Chocolate – the reference standard 2015, p. 137)

Zotter is the only producer from Germany and Austria in the Top 25 and still the only one to produce solely in organic and fair-trade quality.

Reference: Georg Bernardini: "CHOCOLATE – THE REFERENCE STANDARD. The Chocolate Tester 2015. The best chocolates and pralines in the world. What’s behind it all and what we can gladly forego." 919 pages, 

Book: Chocolate - The Reference Standard