Chocolate’s future depends on a sustainable supply chain

Chocolate has been cherished for thousands of years, and those who love its flavour and taste are consuming more and more. Yet despite chocolate’s growing popularity, environmental, social and economic challenges prevent many cocoa farmers from achieving sustainable livings.

 

Cacao-Trace stands for high quality, sustainable chocolate. It is a mutually-beneficial program that builds upon the farmer’s local knowledge and expertise and empowers them to be more productive and sustainable. By helping farmers increase the value of their cocoa, great tasting chocolate will be enjoyed for generations to come.

First Chocolate Bonus redistributed to farmers in Vietnam

First Chocolate Bonus redistributed to farmers in Vietnam

We believe cocoa farmers should have a better share of the profits made on chocolate. 2016 was the first full year of the Chocolate Bonus implementation, after a pilot year in 2015. 80% of the farmers are part of the program so far. With the help of our customers who purchased Cacao-Trace chocolate, we managed to distribute $136.235 to 2218 farmers and collectors in Vietnam. The cash distribution took place 3 times in the presence of farmers, the Puratos team and external auditors. The Next Generation Foundation is expected to collect more and more Chocolate Bonus from the sale of Cacao-Trace certified items in the years to come.