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Mars Offers Recommendations at International Workshop on Cocoa Certification

Alastair CHild at ICCO 07-17-13

Everyone agrees that achieving sustainability is necessary for the long-term viability of the cocoa and chocolate sector. Successful sustainability initiatives – like organizations – are the ones that are able to improve and quickly respond to new challenges. The best way to improve is to listen to concerns and challenges from a wide variety of stakeholders and we were happy to see this in

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Mars exports first certified sustainable cocoa butter and powder from Sulawesi

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A few weeks ago, we celebrated the start of export shipments of certified sustainable cocoa butter and cocoa powder from our cocoa bean processing factory in Makassar, South Sulawesi in Indonesia.

It marks a new phase of our sustainability efforts in that country.  In addition to expanding our cocoa grinding factory and doubling the size of our office in Makassar, we are also investing

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Mars Chocolate Announces Fairtrade International Agreement

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The following post is authored by Alastair Child, Mars Global Chocolate Cocoa Sustainability Director.

Today’s announcement of Mars Chocolate’s first Fairtrade product marks an important milestone in our mission to deliver better tools and opportunities to farmers so they can grow more productive crops and build vibrant, sustainable livelihoods.

More than two years in the making, our agreement with Fairtrade International is part of

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Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ Certified Visit Ghana Cocoa Farmering Schools

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Visit to Ghana – Attending a farmer field school

Note: This post is authored by Nico Schiller, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Chocolate Germany


Birds twittering in the rainforest, the steady chirp of cicadas. We are on a press trip to Ghana initiated by UTZ CERTIFIED and Mars Chocolate Germany to visit cocoa plantations. Sitting near the village of Gyankokrom in the middle of

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Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ Certified Visit Ghana Cocoa Farmers

Visit to Ghana – Meeting tomorrow’s cocoa farmers

Note: This post is authored by Nico Schiller, Corporate Affairs Manager at Mars Chocolate Germany

During a press trip to Ghana hosted by Mars Chocolate Germany and UTZ CERTIFIED – one of the largest sustainability programs in the world – we offered journalists a field visit to the cocoa plantations. Ghana, the second largest cocoa producing

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World Cocoa Foundation Partners Meeting in San Francisco

The last two days brought together a huge range of government officials, private companies and civil society groups for the biannual partners meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation in San Francisco.  This meeting focused on emerging cocoa origins, and Asia was a focus for many attendees.  Particularly interesting was a presentation by Swisscontact’s Manfred Boer on their 21 month, $7 million dollar PEKA Project

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