What is the supply chain for cocoa?

What is the supply chain for cocoa?

The supply chain for dry or traditional cocoa beans consisted of farmers, collectors, wholesalers and exporters / processing industries, while supply chains of wet cocoa beans consisted of farmers, collectors, and purchasing units (PT. Mars Symbioscience).

Is the cocoa industry sustainable?

Even the largest chocolate companies in the world can’t say their cocoa is grown sustainably, because they have no idea. And much of it is not. More sustainable chocolate production starts with traceability, which means breaking the current supply chain structure in which the cacao passes through far too many hands.

What is cocoa sustainability?

We define sustainable cocoa as cocoa that is produced in accordance with economic, ecological and social requirements, which means that its production is economical, environmentally friendly and socially responsible, without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their own needs.

How is cocoa produced sustainably?

Among other sustainable techniques are shade-growing and multicropping, as well as the correct use of fertilizer and pesticides—including natural pest control and compost. Emilio Rivera tripled his cocoa yield—from 200 to 600 pounds—after pruning the trees on his farm in Ecuador.

Is cocoa production a risk?

Changes in temperature and rainfall have led to an increased prevalence of agricultural diseases, negatively impacting cocoa production in recent years. Climate change is likely to increase the prevalence of droughts, pests and disease, all of which threaten cocoa production.

What is the coffee supply chain?

The supply chain of coffee beans is a lengthy process that involves growing the beans, harvesting, hulling, drying, packing, bulking, blending and finally roasting. In between this process, the beans go through international transporters, export sellers and retailers like grocery stores, cafes and specialty shops.

Why is cocoa not sustainable?

Up to 40% of the cocoa crop is lost every year due to incorrect maintenance. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers is promoted in cocoa cultivation, but a lack of knowledge leads to misuse or overuse of the chemicals. These practices worsen the quality of local water resources and lead to soil contamination.

Why is sustainable cocoa important?

Production of sustainable cocoa significantly impacts the economies of many developing countries and provides livelihood for an estimated 40 to 50 million people globally.

Is Nestle cocoa sustainable?

Nestlé in Canada is proud to use only 100% UTZ certified sustainable cocoa, sourced through the Cocoa Plan to craft some of the most loved products in Canada. Learn more at

Is Nestlé chocolate sustainable?

Nestlé Australia chocolates now all sourced from 100% sustainable cocoa. Australia, Nestlé Australia announced today that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions.

What is the greatest threat to chocolate production?

Scobey has identified four main challenges facing the cocoa supply chain: Sustainable livelihoods for farmers. Climate change and deforestation. Child labor.

What are the key issues affecting cocoa production?

Deforestation and loss of biodiversity In many countries, cocoa production is threatened by aging plantations, poor farm management, soil degradation and increasing pest and disease pressure. To increase production and meet demand, cocoa producers often rely on the clearing of additional forest land.

Can one company solve the cocoa value chain’s supply challenges?

However, not one company, and indeed, not one stakeholder linked to the cocoa value chain can solve these issues on their own. The CHOCOTHON initiative aims to empower and connect cocoa farmers and create new opportunities for them and other value chain stakeholders in cocoa production and to reduce the supply disruption risks.

What percentage of your cocoa is sourced from Nestlé?

We are committed to sourcing 100% of our cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2025. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is how we are building a more responsible supply chain for cocoa production.

What is the Nestlé cocoa plan?

But cultivating cocoa presents numerous challenges, like deforestation, child labor risks and a lack of living incomes for cocoa farming households. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan, along with Rainforest Alliance certification, allows us to take steps to address these social and environmental issues to create a responsible cocoa supply chain.

Why do we want to accelerate the sustainable production of cocoa?

We want to accelerate improving farming households’ livelihoods – and we believe that the sustainable production of cocoa has a critical role to play by benefitting local communities, regenerating the environment and spurring economic development. Since 2020, we have published an annual Tackling Deforestation Report (pdf, 10.3Mb).