Creating a sustainable chocolate industry
A BCCCA case study

Page 0: Introduction

Whenever market researchers report on UK consumers' favourite purchases, chocolate-based products feature strongly. Chocolate is a key ingredient of many products we enjoy e.g. hot drinks, biscuit snacks, cakes, and confectionery.To make their products, chocolate manufacturers use recipes that rely heavily on cocoa beans. Cocoa liquor and cocoa butter come from cocoa beans. Chocolate manufacturers...
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Page 1: The world market for cocoa

Much of the world's cocoa comes from West Africa, which provides 70% of total output. The two main suppliers are the Cote d'lvoire and Ghana. In these countries the cocoa beans are typically grown on small family farms. Most of these are only two to three hectares in size. Each farm produces around one tonne of beans each year. Chocolate manufacturers recognise that the small growers are the...
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Page 2: The supply chain for chocolate

As with many other manufacturing industries, creating chocolate products involves a chain of production with many links. It starts with cocoa bean growers and ends when retailers sell us the final product. This may be in a small shop, supermarket, vending machine or some other retail outlet. Some obvious links in this chain are shown in the diagram. At each stage of the chain there will be...
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Page 3: Working towards sustainability

A sustainable business is one, which is committed to helping meet the needs of society today, while respecting the needs of future generations. In promoting 'sustainability', the chocolate industry wants to see growth and improvement in: the quantity and quality of the product the standard of living enjoyed by growers. Both of these contribute to a healthy cocoa industry from which all...
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Page 4: The benefits of sustainability

To be truly sustainable, the chocolate industry's supply chain initiatives focus on 3 key areas. Helping cocoa growers to be better informed creates: economic benefits - better returns for growers and chocolate manufacturers. Higher Gross Domestic Product for the countries in which cocoa is grown. environmental benefits - encouragement of bio-diversity because cocoa growing does not involve...
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Page 5: Conclusion

For nearly every industry, sustainability is a key objective. Creating a sustainable chocolate industry benefits all of the industry's stakeholders, from the grower to the manufacturer. The chocolate industry is working with relevant partners to create a sustainable future. By co-operating in this way, it is possible to improve the sustainability of the industry: better working conditions on...
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