ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — (Marketwire) — 12/06/12 — Barry Callebaut /Barry Callebaut’s joint venture partner Biopartenaire now RainforestAllianceCertified. Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
Working with farmers in Cte d’Ivoire to improve cocoa production
* In partnership with Barry Callebaut, Biopartenaire’s local presence inrural villages offers independent farmers improved market access
* Biopartenaire now holds dual certification; company achievedsustainability standards of UTZ Certified in 2011
* Biopartenaire replicates in Cte d’Ivoire its farmer-centric,village-to-port business model started in Tanzania
Barry Callebaut, the world’s leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, announced thatitsjoint venture partner Biopartenaire, a specialized village-to-port cocoabeansupplier based in Yamoussoukro, Cte d’Ivoire, is now RainforestAllianceCertified. Biopartenaire was designated UTZ Certified in 2011.
Established in 2010, Biopartenaire works with cocoa farmers in 292 villagestoproduce good quality, well-fermented and well-dried cocoa. Together withBarryCallebaut’s sustainability experts, the company offers farmer trainings ingoodagricultural practices and proper post-harvest management techniques inaccordance with leading certification standards. Biopartenaire’svillage-to-portproprietary sourcing model ensures a high degree of transparency and supplychain security.
“Biopartenaire works with smallholder farmers on the basis of mutualrespect andtrust. These guiding principles served us in good stead as we built ourbusinessin the challenging months after the post-election crisis in Cted’Ivoire,” saidEric Smeets, founder of Biopartenaire. “Achieving recognition first as UTZCertified and now as Rainforest Alliance Certified in about two years is atestament to the perseverance and hard work of our staff and all ourparticipating farmers, and underscores our commitment to smallholders andsustainable cocoa.”
Barry Callebaut buys most of the cocoa produced by the farmers who haveregistered to work with Biopartenaire.
“We believe Biopartenaire’s business model is an effective way to reachthousands of cocoa farmers who are not associated with a farmer group orcooperative and who, as independent smallholders, don’t experience thebenefitssuch organizations can offer in terms of training, services and marketaccess,”said Nicholas Camu, Group Manager Cocoa Horizons at Barry Callebaut.”Throughour joint venture with Biopartenaire, we aim to leverage its farmer-centricapproach to reach more farming communities and advance sustainable cocoaproduction in Cte d’Ivoire.”
Biopartenaire, a subsidiary of the Biolands Group, is based on thesuccessfulfarmer-centric business model designed by the founders of Biolands inTanzania.Biolands, Africa’s largest exporter of certified organic cocoa, is along-timesupplier of top-quality cocoa to Barry Callebaut. In addition to meetingthestandards of organic certification, Biolands is Fair for Life, RainforestAlliance and UTZ certified. Barry Callebaut owns 49% of the Biolands Group.
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2billion)for fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’sleadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean tothefinest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 30 countries,operatesaround 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicatedworkforce ofabout 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industryfocusing onindustrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its twoglobalbrands Callebaut(R) and Cacao Barry(R). Barry Callebaut is the globalleader incocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range ofservicesin the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.Costleadership is another important reason why global as well as local foodmanufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad rangeofsustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works withfarmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure futuresuppliesof cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
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