The snacking company has unveiled its global cocoa crop science technical centre in Pasuruan, Indonesia to support sustainable cocoa farming, and drive positive change for farmers and communities.
Mondelēz International has opened its cocoa crop science technical centre in Pasuruan, Indonesia. The centre will enable the global snacking company to develop and promote better cocoa farming practices, continuing its work with farming communities, suppliers and partners around the world.
The investment in the Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Centre will focus on cocoa crop science research and development. Besides supporting sustainable cocoa farming practices, the facility will also work in partnership with Mondelēz International’s global cocoa sustainability programme, Cocoa Life. By the end of 2019, Cocoa Life has reached 175,017 cocoa farmers globally, Mondelēz International reported, of which 43,000 of these are Indonesian cocoa farmers.
Rob Hargrove, executive vice-president, research, development and quality for Mondelēz International, said: “The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Centre is our global home for cocoa crop science initiatives. It brings local and international cocoa crop science experts together with farmers and suppliers in the cocoa growing areas of Sulawesi, Sumatra, and East Java. Our scientists can go from the labs at the centre to field sites where we have research collaborations and on-farm activities through Cocoa Life.
The centre’s focus on cocoa crop science and technical solutions that support high-yielding, sustainable and resilient farming practices is a commitment to the company’s 2025 goal of sourcing 100% of cocoa for chocolate through Cocoa Life. Mondelēz International added it is “on track” to meet that target with 63% of cocoa for its chocolate brands currently sourced through Cocoa Life.