Swiss business-to-business chocolate manufacturer Carma has changed its chocolate covering to UTZ Certified cocoa. The Barry Callebaut-owned company is believed to be the first major Swiss B2B manufacturer to have made the shift to UTZ Certified cocoa. The UTZ scheme entails sustainable farming and better opportunities for the farming community and the world. The farmers who participate in the sustainability… Read more »
Company looks to expand effort as all participating farmers pass certification audit.
Barry Callebaut has paid €2.4 million in premiums for Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa. This payment will benefit 45 cocoa cooperatives and more than 12,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire. Farmers receive half of the premium while the other half is retained by the cooperative and used to provide services to its farmer members or for community facilities. The farmers and cooperatives received the premium payments for the delivery of more than 15,000 metric tonnes of certified cocoa during the 2011/12 cocoa season.
Mars Chocolate has made significant progress in just three years towards fulfilling its 2009 pledge to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020. The company stated that it had met its 2011 goal of purchasing ten percent of its total cocoa supply as certified sustainable, and in 2012 it will exceed its original target of 20 percent, making it the largest user of certified cocoa in the world. Based on current buying arrangements, the company projects that they will purchase nearly 90,000 tons of certified cocoa.