Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has inaugurated its new Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote advanced agricultural techniques in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producing country. To date Barry Callebaut has invested approximately CHF 1 million (EUR 800,000 / USD 1.1 million) in the Center which includes training facilities for farmers and a 30-hectare “showcase farm” to demonstrate state-of-the-art intercropping techniques and yield enhancement practices to increase farm productivity.
Leading cocoa industry players Ferrero, Petra Foods Limited and Continaf have handed out UTZ premiums to Nigerian farmers participating in the Cocoa Productivity and Quality Program, a public private partnership between IDH, Oxfam Novib, Continaf, Ferrero, Petra Foods Limited and Farmers’ Development Union (FADU) in Nigeria.
Cargill is increasing the range and availability of its certified sustainable cocoa and chocolate products for customers in North America. The products are the latest addition to the company’s sustainable cocoa product portfolio as part of its commitment to supporting sustainable cocoa and chocolate, backed by the Cargill Cocoa Promise.
Mondel?z International has unveiled ‘Cocoa Life’ – the company’s largest, most comprehensive cocoa sustainability effort to date. As the world’s largest chocolate company, it will invest $400 million (€313m) over the next ten years to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of more 200,000 cocoa farmers and about one million people in cocoa farming communities. Cocoa Life will bring a $100m (€78.2m) new investment to Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producing country, to help 75,000 farmers double their productivity.
Cargill has officially extended its sustainable cocoa program to South Sulawesi province, Indonesia – an important step in developing sustainable cocoa production and increasing the yields of farmers in Indonesia – the world’s third largest producer of cocoa beans.
Barry Callebaut’s Gourmet brand Callebaut® has taken an important step into the future by launching its ‘Growing Great Chocolate’ campaign that shifts the entire production of the ‘Finest Belgian Chocolate’ to sustainable cocoa as from May 1st , 2012. Since 100 years already, Callebaut® is the preferred partner-chocolate brand for food professionals and craftsmen all over the world. As of today, the chocolate will be made exclusively with sustainable cocoa, which recognizes Callebaut® customers’ requirements for high-quality chocolate that comes with a guarantee of sustainable cultivation. With the ‘Growing Great Chocolate’ campaign Callebaut® invites its customers to discover the fascinating story behind their trusted, high-quality chocolate, starting right at the bean.