ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - Barry Callebaut /
Barry Callebaut's joint venture partner Biopartenaire now Rainforest
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Working with farmers in Côte d'Ivoire to improve cocoa production
* In partnership with Barry Callebaut, Biopartenaire's local presence in
villages offers independent farmers improved market access
* Biopartenaire now holds dual certification; company achieved
standards of UTZ Certified in 2011
* Biopartenaire replicates in Côte d'Ivoire its farmer-centric,
village-to-port business model started in Tanzania
Barry Callebaut, the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, announced that
joint venture partner Biopartenaire, a specialized village-to-port cocoa
supplier based in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire, is now Rainforest
Certified™. Biopartenaire was designated UTZ Certified in 2011.
Established in 2010, Biopartenaire works with cocoa farmers in 292 villages
produce good quality, well-fermented and well-dried cocoa. Together with
Callebaut's sustainability experts, the company offers farmer trainings in
agricultural practices and proper post-harvest management techniques in
accordance with leading certification standards. Biopartenaire's
proprietary sourcing model ensures a high degree of transparency and supply
"Biopartenaire works with smallholder farmers on the basis of mutual
trust. These guiding principles served us in good stead as we built our
in the challenging months after the post-election crisis in Côte
Eric Smeets, founder of Biopartenaire. "Achieving recognition first as UTZ
Certified and now as Rainforest Alliance Certified in about two years is a
testament to the perseverance and hard work of our staff and all our
participating farmers, and underscores our commitment to smallholders and
Barry Callebaut buys most of the cocoa produced by the farmers who have
registered to work with Biopartenaire.
"We believe Biopartenaire's business model is an effective way to reach
thousands of cocoa farmers who are not associated with a farmer group or
cooperative and who, as independent smallholders, don't experience the
such organizations can offer in terms of training, services and market
said Nicholas Camu, Group Manager Cocoa Horizons at Barry Callebaut.
our joint venture with Biopartenaire, we aim to leverage its farmer-centric
approach to reach more farming communities and advance sustainable cocoa
production in Côte d'Ivoire."
Biopartenaire, a subsidiary of the Biolands Group, is based on the
farmer-centric business model designed by the founders of Biolands in
Biolands, Africa's largest exporter of certified organic cocoa, is a
supplier of top-quality cocoa to Barry Callebaut. In addition to meeting
standards of organic certification, Biolands is Fair for Life, Rainforest
Alliance and UTZ certified. Barry Callebaut owns 49% of the Biolands Group.
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. For
information on the Rainforest Alliance's cocoa programs, please see:
Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com/):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2
for fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to
finest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 30 countries,
around 45 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
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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