Cargill Makes Sustainable Cocoa
Cargill's cocoa and chocolate business has made a significant investment
to expand its cocoa liquors capabilities in its plants in
France and Germany. The move comes as it looks to meet growing consumer
demand for organic and sustainable confectionary products.
According to Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate's Managing Director Philippe Huet, 'this major investment in our cocoa liquor
capabilities will enable us to meet growing customer demand for premium
and organic chocolate products. These liquors are used in our wide range
of chocolate recipes and in our organic certified cocoa butter and
The investment in Rouen, France, focuses on enhancing and expanding the
Fine Flavour range of cocoa liquors. A production line has been
dedicated to the high quality manufacturing of small batch specialty
liquors with subtle signature tastes. The beans used for these liquors
are from specific origin countries with distinctive characteristics such
as Venezuelan beans, of a mild and creamy taste, or those from Ecuador,
with a flowery aroma. The dedicated Fine Flavour range production line
carefully preserves the delicate flavours specific to each origin
country and guarantees the purity of certified organic products.
The plant in Berlin, Germany also plays an important role in the
production of specialty liquors for the chocolate market and the
investment significantly increases its capacity in response to
additional demand for quality liquor.
Huet concludes: 'Our customers expect us to keep innovating and adding
value to their products, and these investments are focused on delivering
for their success.'
Cargill is investing to capitalise on growth in the sustainable
confectionary products market. Brands like Green & Black's are expanding
internationally, raising demand for organic and sustainable cocoa. By
investing its facilities, Cargill wants to ensure it does not miss out
on this growing demand.
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Discounter Expands Organic Range
Lidl is expanding the portfolio of organic products in its stores in
Poland. The move is a response to changing consumer trends and growing
demand for organic food in the country.
Lidl's organic product range comprises seasonal vegetables, as well as
apples, oranges, butter, cheese, tea, pasta, coffee and cleaning
products. It is estimated that organic food sales in Poland account for
just 0.2% share of total food sales; the average
Pole spends PLN 11 (EUR 2.60 USD 3.62) on organic food per
capita. Considering this rate is tiny compared to other EU countries, the
market is deemed to have high growth potential.
Denmark: Organic Food Market Share Expands
Organic foods now account for 7.6% of total food sales in Denmark.
Paul Holmbeck, CEO of the association for organic food farmers Økologisk
Landsforening, says that Denmark's position is a result of the
knowledge, interest and trust Danish customers have
in organic food production. Supermarkets are also successful in
marketing organic foods.
Helene Birk, export manager at Økologisk Landsforening, points out that
the traditions and the reputation of Denmark as an organic nation is
advantageous for exports. In fact, Danish organic food exports increased
to DKK 1.2bn (EUR 160m) in 2012, more than quadrupling export levels over the past
The Danish organic bakery company Aurion has also posted its best result
in 39 years. In 2013, its sales turnover increased by 25% to DKK 36.6mn
(EUR 4.9m) and pre-tax profit amounted to DKK 1.5m (EUR 0.2m). The company's sales
to retailers, catering and wholesale sector all increased.