Topics Archives: Vietnam

Engagement and Skill-Sharing in Vietnam

Vietnam blog post 2 11-07-14

The Mars Vietnam Sustainability Team has seen much growth with its efforts in Vietnam this year. Through skill-sharing events and a new focus on cocoa expansion, the Sustainability Team is creating a culture of knowledge and dialogue surrounding cocoa sustainability in that country. Here is an update on our accomplishments in cocoa development and farmer education and empowerment.

The CDCs in Vietnam have been

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Cocoa transforming lives in Vietnam

A recent article in Viet Nam News about the emergence of cocoa as an important crop in Vietnam highlights how Mars’s efforts in that country, in conjunction with our partners at USAID, USDA, the World Cocoa Foundation, and ACDI/VOCA, are aiding a women cocoa farmer, Hbim Kbrong, and her family:

For Hbim Kbrong, a M’Nong woman in Yang Tao Commune’s Phok Village, her new

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Mars’ Pioneering Role in Vietnam Bearing Pods

Puratos Grand-Place Opening Celebration

Vietnam’s cocoa development received a shot in the arm when Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam opened its Cocoa Development Centre & Cocoa Collection and Fermentation Plant in Ben Tre, a province in Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, on November 14, 2013.  Puratos Grand-Place offers products and application expertise in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors, and they have found the chocolate made from Vietnam cocoa bean

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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

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Regional Cocoa Breeders Group Makes Progress

Regional Cocoa Breeders Group in Malaysia, November 2011

The Regional Cocoa Breeders Group is a collaboration of regional Asia/Pacific cocoa breeders in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and India.  The group meets to address improving planting materials for cocoa farmers. A majority of collaborators are the national cocoa research institutes or universities responsible for cocoa research in each region.

The Regional Cocoa Breeders Group first met in Singapore in 2004,

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Cocoa Development Centers in Vietnam – A Mars Signature Program to Support Farmers

Mars senior managers visit a cocoa farm in Vietnam Highlands

Hanoi, March 28th 2011: an innovative Public-Private Partnership Vietnam Networking Dinner was announced to support Vietnam in its’ development as a successful cocoa producing country. During a network dinner in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his spouse Maxima, a Letter of Intent was signed for a partnership between the Dutch and Vietnamese ministries of Agriculture, Rabobank,

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