18/04/2019 | Ingredients

Barry Callebaut establishes traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume

Cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut has established traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume. This is a key tool for the group to reach its Forever Chocolate commitment to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. This commitment also includes a target to source 100 % of the group’s ingredients sustainably by 2025.

The cocoa giant has prioritized the establishment of traceability in its Ghanaian and Ivorian supply chains, the world’s two largest cocoa producers. Under the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to ending cocoa farming induced deforestation in Ghana and Ivory Coast, Barry Callebaut committed to delivering 100 % traceability in its supply chains in both countries. In line with this commitment, the group has mapped 100 % of the farms and warehouses in its direct supply chain at risk of sourcing from protected forest areas.

The company has mapped all cocoa farms within 5 km from protected forest areas and all cocoa warehouses within 25 km from protected forest areas. By the end of this year, it will have mapped all the farms in Ivory Coast and Ghana it sources from, establishing 100 % traceability for its direct supply chain. Overall, this means that 100 % of the cocoa volume sourced in Ghana and 40 percent of the cocoa volume sourced in Ivory Coast by Barry Callebaut is traceable.