Cocoa & Chocolate News
Welcome to our News section, where you can read about the Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate's latest activities and get access to our latest press releases, stories, speeches and more.
Cargill and Cruyff Foundation build first Cruyff Court in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Cruyff Foundation, in collaboration with Cargill and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, has built a state-of-the-art Cruyff Court in Tema, Ghana, where sports and game activities will be deployed for children and young people.
Educating children to help whole cocoa communities thrive
In cocoa-growing communities, investing in education pays dividends far beyond the classroom. When children go to school and adults get training, the surrounding communities benefit in myriad ways.
Making a difference in cocoa: A new crop of leaders graduates from the Coop Academy
With their diplomas in hand, recent graduates from Cargill’s on-the-job development program for cocoa cooperative managers are set to transform their businesses, bring sustainable products to world markets and help their communities prosper.
CLAP program gives cocoa farmers land ownership documents and peace of mind
CLAP is a partnership between high-quality field data solutions provider Meridia, the Ivorian government, and cocoa industry companies like Cargill to help farmers gain clear land ownership documents – a process that can often be cumbersome and expensive.
Find out how Cargill continues to drive cocoa sector transformation in our latest sustainability report
The understanding of sustainability topics in the cocoa and chocolate sector continues to rapidly evolve. That’s the clear message from everyone involved in the sector, from farmer organizations to NGOs to governments in both producing and consuming countries.
Making progress in solving a complex equation
Protecting, regenerating and conserving our planet’s resources is a complex equation which requires many different approaches, tools and partnerships – all woven together.
Agroforestry keeps forests and cocoa-growing communities strong together
Cargill and PUR Projet have been collaborating for the past three years to help advance agroforestry concepts in communities such as Bossoha in Côte d’Ivoire.
How we are helping women by advancing gender equality in the cocoa sector
When women have more opportunities and support, family nutrition, children’s education and family incomes go up, while social such as child labor and environmental risks go down.
Cargill to Expand Production at Deventer Facility: Set to increase specialty coatings & fillings capacity
We are proud to announce that we are expanding our Deventer coatings and fillings production facility in The Netherlands.
A Healthy outlook for Vegan Chocolate Growth: Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate launches ExtraVeganZa
This new product line reaffirms our commitment to delivering products which are not only delicious, but in demand, providing our customers and their consumers with vegan alternatives to traditional chocolate recipes.
Creating better opportunities for children in Côte d’Ivoire by providing greater access to education
Since 2014, Cargill, alongside CARE, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and the Ministry of Education has helped build 49 schools in Côte d’Ivoire.
How Cargill can help you understand the impact of new EU regulations on your business
The EU Commission is developing two significant pieces of legislation that will impact the global operations of food and agricultural companies doing business in the EU.
Cargill's Dazzling New Bright White Chocolate: An Eye-Catching Innovation
White chocolate is a visual highlight in itself and it is growing in popularity: in a 2021 survey, 15% of consumers claimed that white chocolate is their favourite type of chocolate, up from 11% from the previous year.
The What, Why & How of the CocoaWise™ Portal
The CocoaWise™ Portal is the primary vehicle we use to demonstrate, quantify, and prove how we are delivering Promise Solutions (Cargill’s diverse portfolio of sustainable products and services).
Supporting education and prosperity with six new schools in Ghana
Education is a vital pathway to future success for all children. It’s why Cargill invests in education across the communities where our global businesses operate, and cocoa is no different.
Cocoa & Forests Initiative report shows progress in forest protection and restoration in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
When cocoa beans arrive at Cargill’s warehouse in the Afamu community of Ghana, they are weighed and assigned a barcode. That barcode corresponds to the unique ID code of the farmer selling the beans, and with it, Cargill has access to detailed information related to the farmer’s forest risks.
Easter chocolate takes on new meaning with sustainability and innovation
As Easter approaches, children will soon delight in baskets filled with chocolate treats. What they might not realize is the journey chocolate makes from cocoa bean to chocolate eggs is one that requires responsibility and innovation every step of the way.
Valentine’s chocolate takes on new meaning with sustainability and innovation
This Valentine’s Day, chocolate will bring joy to people all over the world. What they might not realize is the journey chocolate makes from cocoa bean to heart-shaped box is one that requires responsibility and innovation every step of the way.
In Cameroon, a new roadmap to deforestation-free cocoa
A new framework is bringing together industry stakeholders to promote a sustainable cocoa sector in Cameroon and protect the third-largest forest range in the Congo Basin.
Progress report: Transforming our cocoa supply chain to be deforestation-free
Across all five countries where Cargill directly sources our cocoa, as well as in the indirect cocoa supply chain, we are making strong progress on delivering our Protect Our Planet strategic action plan.
Cargill announces investments in Ghanaian cocoa industry and farmer communities
Company contributes $13 million for cocoa processing site expansion and $3.4 million to enhance community sustainability programs and increase supply chain traceability.
Farming families, the cornerstone of sustainable cocoa
Agricultural services, trainings and inputs for cocoa farming often don’t reach women. Yet women play a vital role in cocoa production and the livelihood of the household including by generating alternative income.
Cargill on Envoyé Spécial’s sustainable cocoa report
Envoyé Spécial (France 2) broadcast a report on cocoa production on 10 January 2019, in which Cargill was featured. This article offers more information on Cargill’s commitment to eliminating child labor and deforestation from our cocoa supply chain.
Collaborative Initiative Announced to Boost Sustainability in Brazil’s Cocoa Sector
“CocoaAction Brasil” galvanizes the cocoa supply chain to work alongside federal and state governments, industry actors and others to address farm-level challenges and empower cocoa growers and their communities
Brenntag announced as exclusive distribution partner for Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business in Central Eastern Europe
Brenntag and Cargill have reached an agreement, making Brenntag the exclusive distribution partner for Cargill’s industrial cocoa and chocolate in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region.
Cargill Boosts Cocoa Productivity and Quality Using Crop Enhancement’s Sustainable Crop Production Technology
Indonesian cocoa growers in Cargill’s extensive network are eager to expand their use of this effective, farmer-friendly solution that reduces the need for synthetic pesticides
Cargill Coop Academy helps upskill West African cocoa farmers
On the occasion of the 2018 International Day of Cooperatives, learn more about Cargill's work to help farmer organizations
Breaking the cycle of child labor in cocoa production
Taco Terheijden, Director of Cocoa Sustainability at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, reflects on efforts so far to tackle child labor in the cocoa sector.
Investing in women's economic empowerment
Women are at the heart of cocoa growing communities and the cocoa sector at large, and they are the vital link between farms and families.
Bring your consumers' senses alive
Chocolate is everyone's favorite indulgence because it can satisfy all five senses. There is the soft snap when it breaks... the smoothness...
Boosting Ghana's economic backbone
Cargill’s cocoa sustainability program aims to deliver sector-wide transformation in the world’s second biggest cocoa producing region.
European Development Days 2016: Delivering multiple SDGs through the Cargill Cocoa Promise
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Delivering excellence through mutual contract commitment
At Cargill we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers. So we're improving the follow-up of contracts for chocolate, coatings and fillings in response to increased demand and in line with common industry practice.
CocoaAction Annual Report launched by World Cocoa Foundation
On 29 October, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) launched its 2015 CocoaAction Annual Report, setting out progress towards creating a better world for farmers and their communities.
Certified sustainable Gerkens® Asian cocoa powder now available
Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate can now meet growing customer demand in Asia and EMEA for UTZ-certified, sustainable products from one of our newest production facilities, located in Gresik, Indonesia.
From insight to inspiring products
To inspire new coating and fillings in your products, we recently launched six new ingredient specialties to help you to meet your customers' expectations, unveiled at the London Chocolate Forum.
Professionalizing cocoa farming organizations
The vast majority of the world’s cocoa – about 95% – comes from smallholder cocoa farmers working on less than three hectares of land.
Making cocoa a less risky business
We know that when buying ingredients, any price change can make a significant difference to the bottom line. Whatever decision you make, buy or hold, you are exposed to risk.
Cargill insights help you create product success
To keep at the cutting-edge of consumer needs, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate monitors a wide range of trends at different levels: macro, food, cocoa and chocolate ingredient and categories.
Food Ingredients China show
The global Food Ingredients trade shows are the biggest and most influential exhibitions of ingredients worldwide. The increasing popularity of the China show was clear from its new home in 2016: the recently opened National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai – one of the largest exhibition complexes in the world.
Creation of unique red cocoa powder
The newest addition to our global production facilities is our 70,000 MT capacity cocoa processing factory in Gresik, Indonesia, which opened in December 2014.
Inspiration thanks to Cargill trends expertise
Curious to learn about the next big challenges that shape your market? Or, find out which flavours are flying off the shelf in your category? We have answers to these business-defining questions. Cargill actively monitors diverse trends to help you get inspiration for your next hit product. From macro to category trends, a wealth of knowledge is available.
Innovation on display - FIE 2015
For those in the food and beverage industry, the biennial Food ingredients Europe tradeshow is one of the most important events in the calendar. New ingredients and applications are on display and valuable connections made. We review the 2015 show in Paris, where Cargill presented under the theme ‘enabling sustainable growth through innovation.’
From ideation to creation
Cargill’s European R&D center in Vilvoorde, Belgium, offers innovative solutions for the food industry and beyond. From reformulation to new product creation, the team of scientists and technologists is ready to support a speedy market launch.
A new approach
As we continue our journey to drive sector transformation through the delivery of our Cargill Cocoa Promise, we will train 1,000 Cocoa Coaches in Côte d’Ivoire. Between them, they will provide individually tailored advice to 70,000 cocoa farmers.
Asian customer conference
In November 2015, Cargill hosted the 4th annual ‘Success Through Partnership’ conference for customers in Southeast Asia. Experts from across the region presented insights, innovations and opportunities for growth. The wide range of Cargill food ingredients available for Southeast Asian businesses was also showcased, including cocoa and chocolate