Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate

Celebrating the first delivery of certified sustainable cocoa beans in Vietnam (21/04/2011)

Another sustainable business breakthrough was celebrated recently when our buying station in Chau Thanh district, Ben Tre province, Vietnam took delivery of its first UTZ Certified sustainable cocoa beans. It was a festive ceremony—and a milestone in developing Vietnam's sustainable cocoa sector.

As reported in our previous newsletter, three cooperatives in Vietnam received UTZ certification in January, with more to follow. The ceremony was a joyful confirmation of the farmers' latest achievements. Cargill has been working in Vietnam since 2004, helping that country set up a cocoa crop.

Harold Poelma, managing director cocoa, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, commented: "The delivery of the first UTZ Certified beans, from the first three certified cooperatives, marks an important moment in Vietnam's development as a producer of high quality cocoa and sustainably certified beans. We are looking forward to the certification of more cooperatives in Vietnam, which will enable us to scale up the production of sustainable cocoa in the years ahead and increase the choice that we can offer our customers."

At the ceremony were Nguyen Van Hoa, vice director general of Vietnam's Department of Crop Production, Heong Yong Kong from Mars, Nguyen Van Thiet, chief representative for UTZ Vietnam, the directors of the three cooperatives, and, for Cargill Vietnam, chief representative Chanh Truong.

To learn more, read our article "Vietnam, a new origin country for sustainable cocoa"

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