Chicago — Blommer Chocolate Co. is supporting CocoaAction, a program aligning the industry’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies in an effort to improve the economic viability and rejuvenate the cocoa sectors in Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Organized in part by the World Cocoa Foundation, the program uses a holistic approach to coordinate global cocoa sustainability efforts between stakeholders and the governments of those African nations, according to Blommer. The primary goal is to improve training for farmers and empower communities to make cocoa growing sustainable and more productive.
The company notes CocoaAction works in tandem with its Sustainable Origins initiative, which operates farmer training schools in West Africa, Indonesia and the Americas, reaching more than 60,000 farmers to date.
Peter Blommer, president and COO, says: “This mission fits squarely within Blommer’s core philosophy of collaboration, which is woven into the fabric of all our sustainability initiatives and is an important legacy of our founder.”
The company is joined by nearly a dozen other stakeholders including The Hershey Co;, Mars, Inc.; Archer Daniel Midland Co.; Mondelez International, Inc.; and Nestlé S.A.