Zurich/Switzerland, Yamoussoukro/Côte d’Ivoire, August 24, 2012 – Barry
Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate
products, paid premiums totaling CHF 2.8 million (EUR 2.4 million/USD 2.9
million) to 45 cocoa cooperatives and more than 12,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire
for Rainforest Alliance Certified(TM) cocoa.
Farmers receive half of the premium while the other half is retained by the
cooperative and used to provide services to its farmer members or for community
facilities. The farmers and cooperatives received the premium payments for the
delivery of more than 15,000 metric tonnes of certified cocoa during the
2011/12 cocoa season.