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.
The Cargill Cocoa Promise is the company’s commitment to the development of a sustainable cocoa supply chain and to meeting the growing demand for sustainable cocoa beans by making a difference in three key areas – improving the lives of cocoa farmers; supporting cocoa farming communities; and investing in the future of cocoa farming. Our long-term approach for a sustainable supply chain uses certification and labels as an enabler to help raise standards and to provide farmers with financial incentives.
In response to growing consumer demand to know where chocolate products come from and how they are produced, Cargill’s Gerkens® cocoa powders, as well as its Peter’s®, Wilbur® and Veliche® chocolate brands will now be available with certification options, including UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and Fairtrade certification.
“We are now able to provide our North American customers the additional benefit of sustainable certification for the high quality products and brands they rely on. It means manufacturers will be able to offer products to their consumers with greater reassurance they have been produced sustainably and that they are making a positive difference to smallholder cocoa farmers,” said Bryan Wurscher, president of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business in North America.
The Cargill Cocoa Promise is a clear demonstration of Cargill’s overall commitment to supporting responsible supply chains. Speaking at the 23rd World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting & Roundtable Session on June 5, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer, said, “The Cargill Cocoa Promise is the gateway for a sustainable cocoa production and is helping our customers succeed and communities thrive by making real and lasting differences to farmers, communities and the long-term future of cocoa production.”
Cargill is training over 60,000 farmers in Côte d'Ivoire and 15,000 in Ghana and is on target to source over 100,000 tons of certified sustainable cocoa beans from Côte d’Ivoire by 2015 – making its program the largest of its kind in the country. It has also extended its activities to other major cocoa producing markets including Cameroon, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia.