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The Hershey Company has developed innovative sustainability programs in West Africa, including its mobile phone program CocoaLink, which will be launched in Côte d’Ivoire next month. These initiatives are part of Hershey’s 21 st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy, a comprehensive plan to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and communities dependent on cocoa. Through better agricultural practices, West African farmers will realize greater crop yields that will increase family income.
Cocoa Horizons is Barry Callebaut’s global initiative to ensure sustainable cocoa production by working with farmers to enhance yields and quality, training the next generation of cocoa farmers, and improving access to clean water and basic healthcare for cocoa framers and their families. Both companies believe the development of these programs is essential for both the livelihoods of the cocoa farming community and their families as well as business growth.
Barry Callebaut ( www.barry-callebaut.com ):With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion) in fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products – from sourcing and transforming cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolate, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. Combined with the recently acquired cocoa ingredients business from Petra Foods, Barry Callebaut generates estimated annual sales of CHF 6 billion (EUR 4.9 billion / USD 6.4 billion), runs around 50 production facilities worldwide, sells its products in over 100 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce of more than 8,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The two global brands catering to the specific needs of these customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®.
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