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Mars Chocolate’s Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in NCA Journal

Take a few minutes to read this month’s issue of NCA Journal for a piece regarding our Sustainable Cocoa Initiative.  The magazine interviewed Andrew Harner for a comprehensive article on the work we are doing in cocoa sustainability, with a special focus on the Vision for Change program in Côte d’Ivoire.  It was gratifying to discuss with them the importance of the Cocoa Development Centers … Read more

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Visits from Pacific region to the Mars Cocoa Development Center in Sulawesi to learn about sustainable cocoa farming techniques

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Making the cocoa business sustainable means more than just coming up with the right farming techniques; it also means teaching those techniques to farmers and suppliers up and down the supply chain. Agricultural innovations are useless if businesses don’t know how to implement them.

In Sulawesi we’ve been very busy teaching cocoa agronomists and suppliers from around the world about our methods of cocoa rehabilitation, … Read more

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Improving Management of Cocoa Pod Borer- A regional workshop organized by Mars, ICCRI, ACIAR and WCF

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Demand for cocoa is soaring around the world – growing 2 to 3 percent each year. Perhaps nowhere is that growth stronger than in Asia, particularly in China and India.  Given the demand, the ability to grow cocoa locally in the South East Asia region is especially important.

One of the keys to improved yield and quality over the short-term in South East Asia is … Read more

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CAOBISCO Conference: Creating Uncommon Collaborations

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The annual CAOBISCO conference held in Brussels earlier this year was another opportunity for the industry and others to come together and share ideas and best practices for sustainability going forward.  I have the opportunity to share the Mars commitment to cocoa farmers, farming communities, and to industry collaboration, along with Kraft Foods, FairTrade, the International Labor Organization, the European Trade Commissioner, and many others.… Read more

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Mars hosts workshop to improve cocoa quality in Vietnam

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Over the last 11 years, a viable cocoa industry has begun to take shape in Vietnam and Mars was involved with this development since the beginning.  Last year, the nation exported about 3,000 tons of fermented cocoa.  We’ve been working closely with the Vietnam Cocoa  Development projects and cocoa farmers in Vietnam during these years to test and define the best cocoa fermentation and drying … Read more

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New Fertilizer Blend Arrives in the Famous Cocoa Belt of Soubre

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Cocoa producing regions throughout Côte d’Ivoire are battling declining yields and increased tree mortality, but affordable fertilizer production and distribution is one of the most effective tools to help reverse this trend.  And we’re excited to announce that the first shipment of a new fertilizer blend recently arrived in the famous cocoa belt of Soubre, a region where local farmers have been struggling to revitalize … Read more

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Mars’ Vision for Change Program Acknowledged by Ivorian Leaders to Address Worst Forms of Child Labor in Côte d’Ivoire

I last posted about a series of meetings in January involving representatives from the Governments of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, officials of the US Department of Labor, the congressional offices of Tom Harkin and Eliot Engel and the global cocoa industry – the group which makes up the Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG). These meetings sought to address the continuing concerns around the persistence of … Read more

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NJBiz sits down with Mars Global Chocolate President Grant Reid

Grant Reid talked with last week with NJBiz reporter Melinda Caliendo about Mars’s vision to purchase all our cocoa from sustainable sources by 2020. Mars Global Chocolate is headquartered in NJ, and it’s great news for the cocoa industry that the New Jersey business community is taking notice of our sustainability efforts.

Melinda’s piece, which you can access here, goes into some detail about … Read more

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Shared Value in Côte D’Ivoire: Creating a Vibrant Cocoa Sector

A few years ago, Mars was faced with the idea that we needed another Côte d’Ivoire to produce enough cocoa to meet the world’s growing chocolate demand by 2020. Given that cocoa was becoming a less attractive crop for farmers, and that Côte d’Ivoire was in a cycle of decline, we knew we needed a strategy for cocoa sustainability. As a company that’s always had … Read more

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek Looks at a Day in the Life of a Cocoa Sustainability Manager

As part of a series highlighting popular post-MBA jobs, I had the privilege to share some of the great work Mars Chocolate is doing with a piece focusing on a day in my life as Cocoa Sustainability Manager. The article in Bloomberg Businessweek is a great way for people to get a closer look at what goes into producing and nurturing sustainable cocoa practices. Being … Read more

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