ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2012) -
Farmers benefit from sustainable cocoa production
* More than 12,000 farmers from 45 cooperatives trained in good
* Instruction delivered through Barry Callebaut's "Cocoa Horizons"
Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and
products, paid premiums totaling CHF 2.8 million (EUR 2.4 million/USD 2.9
million) to 45 cocoa cooperatives and more than 12,000 farmers in Côte
for Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa.
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
facilities. The farmers and cooperatives received the premium payments for
delivery of more than 15,000 metric tonnes of certified cocoa during the
2011/12 cocoa season.
The premium payments were presented at a celebration in Yamoussoukro on
23 attended by local officials and dignitaries, representatives from
ministries, cooperative leaders and farmers.
"This event marks another important milestone in Barry Callebaut's long
of working in partnership with farmers in Côte d'Ivoire to improve
quality while growing cocoa in a sustainable way," said Steven Retzlaff,
President Global Sourcing & Cocoa, Barry Callebaut.
The more than12,000 farmers from the 45 cooperatives have been trained in
sustainable cocoa production by Barry Callebaut's in-house certification
based in Côte d'Ivoire. Agricultural training is a core component of
company's "Cocoa Horizons" cocoa sustainability initiative designed to
farm productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key
"We congratulate the producers and cooperatives on their accomplishments,
commend them for making the commitment to apply sound and responsible
agricultural practices that are good for their cocoa trees, good for their
and good for their families," said Bart Willems, General Manager of Barry
Callebaut's subsidiary in Côte d'Ivoire, Societé Africaine de
The cooperatives honored at the event are located throughout Côte
cocoa production belt, with the majority located in Bas-Sassandra, the
biggest cocoa producing region today.
"We are proud to recognize these cocoa farmers and cooperatives in
who are working to conserve biodiversity, to prevent soil erosion and water
contamination, and thereby safeguard their land and natural resources for
generations," said Mercedes Tallo, Director of Sustainable Value Chains at
Rainforest Alliance. "With the continued engagement of growers,
companies like Barry Callebaut in promoting and applying sound land-use
practices, we can together make important strides towards ensuring
livelihoods for cocoa farmers and their families."
The Rainforest Alliance certification standard includes economic, social
environmental criteria, with an emphasis on environmental issues, including
protection of natural resources and the management of chemical inputs such
fertilizer and pesticide. Last week, Barry Callebaut announced its first
collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance in Cameroon. For more
Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0
fiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to
finished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries,
around 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated
about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry
industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate
(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its two
brands Callebaut ® and Cacao Barry ®. Barry Callebaut is the
global leader in
cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of
in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.
leadership is another important reason why global as well as local food
manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad range
sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works with
farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future
of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
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