Passion for chocolate for over 80 years

Three generations of chocolate lovers led to the birth of the MONBANA chocolaterie in 1934. A French family business that was to evolve into one of the most creative and innovative businesses in its sector.

Producing more than 2.500 tons of powdered chocolate annually and exporting to more than 60 countries, MONBANA is an acclaimed Company specializing in chocolate in all its forms.

Its emblem, the unicorn, symbolizes the magic, purity, innocence, the charm, values and characteristics that accompany the products of MONBANA.

In the three production facilities of MONBANA, expertise becomes reality with a variety of chocolate-based products: beverages, fine chocolates and chocolate bars, accompaniment products for coffee, raw materials for use in confectionery.

MONBANA’s partners include the leading companies in the food industry, as well as the largest food and beverage firms worldwide.

Balancing impeccably between tradition and innovation, MONBANA pioneers by creating trends, and manages to differentiate itself successfully and through superior quality.

In the trenches of the First World War Louis Guattari meets for the very first time Pierre-François Lardet, founder of the infamous French chocolate brand “Banania”. 

A special friendship forms between the two and Louis being a chocolate lover, participates in the “Banania” business for several years.

In 1934, Louis Guattari decides to write his own story and creates a cocoa factory in Courbevoie, very close to Paris.

As a tribute to his friend Pierre-François, he names the factory MONBANA, referring to “Mon Banania”.

Then, thanks to his talent in design he creates the Louisette, the sketch of a small girl, who became the mascot for the chocolate powder breakfast beverage.

Influenced by the war and convinced about the significance of a balanced diet, Louis enriches the already existing recipe, based on cocoa and banana flour, with vitamins and minerals. This is how nutritional expertise of MONBANA is born.

In the 50’s, the company develops mainly with the initiative of Louis’s sons, Jean and Paul. MONBANA now includes a roasting unit for cocoa beans and becomes an expert in fine quality chocolate powder.

From then on, MONBANA has been an industrial business with a human aspect that combines three activities: chocolate powder, nutrition products as well as confectionery among which truffles, filled chocolate shells that are the company’s emblematic specialties. 

At the end of the 70’s, a new idea emerges from the industrial facilities that were used for the production of food products: the so-called Neapolitan, that is molded chocolate squares. The first made its official appearance in 1985, and became a “must” accompaniment for coffee. 

After studying Biology, Yves, son of Jean Guattari, arrives at MONBANA and decides to devote himself to the business which was enjoying great success and was aimed mainly at hospitality professionals.

Yves, an entrepreneur with a vision, placed innovation at the epicenter of the company’s development strategy, with products such as: chocolate coated cereal, almonds covered with chocolate, flavored chocolate powders, milkshakes, holiday collections…

At the beginning of the 2000s, the list of MONBANA’s partners includes high-profile companies in the food industry, as well as large food and beverage firms. 

Having already acquired such a legacy, MONBANA decides to promote its own brand, launching a gourmet collection for the general public in 2008 that would go off the beaten track: chocolate and chocolate bars, gourmet beverages, chocolate desserts…

Within the framework of the development of MONBANA, the first Boutiques “Chocolaterie MONBANA” were introduced and have now reached 30 in number.

2013 marks the change of MONBANA, with a new logo and a new corporate identity that establishes its position as a leading French company – specialized in chocolate in all its forms. 

 

2009: The first “Chocolaterie MONBANA” Boutique opens.

2015: 32 “Chocolaterie MONBANA” Boutiques in the following French cities:

LAVAL LIMOGES RENNES LA ROCHELLE CASTRE
SAINT MALO VANNES BORDEAUX STRASBOURG LILLE
ERNEE CHOLET QUIMPER SARGUEMINES BRETIGNY
LANGUEUX NIORT HERBLAY PONTIVY OLIVET
ANCENIS POITIERS CAEN CHATEAUGIRON  
TOURS VIRE AVRANCHES BOURGES  
FOUGÈRES VITRE ANGERS MONTAUBAN  

Chocolate Beverages

Hot dark chocolate in normal or thick texture

White chocolate

Cold dark chocolate

Single origin TANZANIA chocolate

 

Milkshake

MONBANA’s milkshakes are the perfect solution for baristas! In dehydrated form, they are quick and easy to prepare, just by adding milk and ice!

With a rich flavor, velvety and thick texture, plain or combined with fresh seasonal fruit and fantastic ingredients, making the difference and impressing both the eyes and palate.

Available in six incredible flavors:

Vanilla

Chocolate

Strawberry

Caramel

Yoghurt

Mango & Passion Fruit