Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Progress in sustainability (08/06/2010)

Two new milestones have been reached this spring in Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s efforts to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain. The first UTZ Certified chocolate went on sale in supermarkets. And the first UTZ premiums for sustainably produced cocoa were paid out to farmers in Côte d’Ivoire.

Progress in sustainability

These are our most recent signs of progress since we co-founded the UTZ sustainable cocoa program. In 2009 we trained 1,690 farmers in Farmer Field Schools in Côte d’Ivoire to bring them to certification level. In September 2009, after an independent audit, the first cooperatives received certification.

The farmers who have followed the training have seen an average 30 percent increase in income from higher yield and better quality. In addition, we have now paid out the first premiums for compliance with the UTZ Certified standards. The premiums totaled over USD 400,000 and raised farmers’ incomes by another 5 to 10 percent. They will be shared amongst the two cooperatives, Cooperative Agricole de Fiedifoué and Coopaga, and their members.

Meanwhile, the first UTZ Certified chocolate reached consumers in April 2010, with more to come. This represents a breakthrough for all involved and gives our customers access to excellent chocolate with a certified sustainable label. From the same first batch of sustainable cocoa beans, we also produced our own chocolate bars for all our customers to taste. Please contact your account manager if you haven’t yet received your sample.

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