Swiss cocoa industry commits to sustainable cocoa

The Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa has been launched with Barry Callebaut as one of the founding members. It is hoped that the platform will play an important role in creating the market pull for sustainably sourced cocoa.

The platform, which consists of 41 members, has set a goal that by 2025 at least 80% of the cocoa-containing products imported into Switzerland should come from sustainable cultivation.

In addition to Barry Callebaut, the founding members include the industry association Chocosuisse, manufacturers, importers, and distributors of cocoa-containing products, Swiss retailers, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), non-profit organisations and research institutions.

After the Netherlands and Germany, Switzerland is now the third country where the chocolate and confectionery industry has committed to a clear target for the sourcing of sustainable cocoa.

Raphael Felenbok, general manager of Barry Callebaut Switzerland, says, “This platform will play a key role in creating the market pull for sustainably sourced products.

“This is good news for Barry Callebaut’s plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025, it is good news for Carma which is already 100% UTZ certified, and it is good news for the entire Swiss chocolate industry.”

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