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.
In response to growing consumer - interest in knowing 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.