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Mondelēz International Invests in Global Center for Sustainable Cocoa Farming Solutions

Mondelēz International Invests in Global Center for Sustainable Cocoa Farming Solutions

Jakarta, October 07, 2020—Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) today opened its state-of-the-art cocoa crop science technical center in Pasuruan, Indonesia. The center enables Mondelēz International to develop and promote better cocoa farming practices, continuing its work with farming communities, suppliers and partners around the world. It represents an important step in the company’s mission to lead the future of snacking by securing a sustainable future for high-quality cocoa, so consumers can enjoy the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way.

As one of the world’s largest buyers of cocoa for chocolate, the sustainability of the cocoa farming industry is key to Mondelēz International’s long-term growth in Asia and around the world. “Cocoa is at the heart of chocolate, and demand is growing, with Asia set to become the second-largest consumer of cocoa ingredients. Mondelēz International is determined to meet that demand in the right way by creating a thriving cocoa sector,” said Maurizio Brusadelli, Executive Vice President and President, Asia, Middle East and Africa for Mondelēz International. “Consumers also expect more from their favourite brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate. People want delicious snacks they feel good about eating, know where ingredients come from and produced in ways that are better for the environment and communities. We need to secure a sustainable future for high-quality cocoa and other raw materials we use to create the snacks our consumers love.”

The investment in the Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center focuses on cocoa crop science research and development. It supports sustainable, scalable cocoa farming practices and will work in partnership Mondelēz International’s global cocoa sustainability program, Cocoa Life. By the end of 2019, Cocoa Life had reached 175,017 cocoa farmers globally: 43,000 of these are Indonesian cocoa farmers.  

We’re on a mission to drive positive change by creating a future of sustainable snacking and that includes using our global scale to create meaningful, lasting impact,” said Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Research, Development and Quality for Mondelēz International. “The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center 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 center to field sites where we have research collaborations and on-farm activities through Cocoa Life.”

The center’s focus on cocoa crop science and technical solutions that support high-yielding, sustainable and resilient farming practices is a clear commitment to the company’s 2025 goal of sourcing 100 per cent of cocoa for chocolate through Cocoa Life. The company is on track to meet that target with 63 per cent of cocoa for its chocolate brands currently sourced through Cocoa Life.

The 2019 Snacking Made Right Report provides a comprehensive update on the company’s 2025 sustainable and mindful snacking goals and its progress towards achieving these goals.

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as OREO, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit or follow the company on Twitter at

The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center is part of Mondelēz International’s technologically advanced Research, Development and Quality centers strategically positioned around the globe: four of which are here in Asia. The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center will develop cocoa crop science initiatives that support high-yielding, sustainable and scalable approaches to cocoa farming. The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center combines an R&D facility with laboratories, and pilot post-harvest processing area with a state-of-the-art agronomy experiment station of five hectares of nursery and growing modules where scientists can carry out fully controlled experiments. (MDLZ)
CSP Distributes Thousands of Covid-19 Responses Support Packages to Cocoa Farmer in Pinrang and Luwu

CSP Distributes Thousands of Covid-19 Responses Support Packages to Cocoa Farmer in Pinrang and Luwu

Belopa, August 05, 2020—Since the beginning of this year, the Covid-19 outbreak had been spread to most of regions in the world. Indonesia as well had experienced the direct impacts. From the data of national government, there are 116,871 persons had been confirmed positive, and 73,889 persons had been recovered. In South Sulawesi Province, there are approximately 9,858 positively impacted persons, and 6,662 of them had been recovered.


Aside of health issue which is caused by a new virus of coronavirus, a group of viruses that infects respiration system, the Covid-19 pandemic also affects the global economic. The policy of large-scale restriction at most of regions had negatively impacted the global economic development. And the farmers as the heart of economic development also experience the impact of this pandemic disease.


As responses of this issue, Cocoa Sustainability Partnership with its members are working hand-in-hand to provide supports for cocoa farmers in the cocoa production centres in Indonesia. The supports are expected to encourage the spirits to keep working in producing and taking care their cocoa commodity. With the supports of its members, CSP distributes thousand packages of hand washing soaps, facemasks, t-shirts, and biscuit products in two districts of South Sulawesi Province.


Following the health and safety procedures, the responses aid packages are handed symbolically to the cocoa farmers. With the Regent of Luwu District, H. Basmin Mattayang and staffs, CSP distributes these Covid-19 response aid to some of farmer group representatives in this area. “This response aid is the form of good synergy among government and private parties in providing supports to the cocoa farmers in the impacted area. The aid will be distributed directly to the farmers that had been facilitated before,” said Regent of Luwu District in his speech on Wednesday, August 05, 2020, in Meeting Room of Bappeda, Luwu.


The package is consisted of 1,050 t-shirts, 2,500 fabric facemasks, and 50 boxes of biscuit will be distributed to the cocoa farmers who had been facilitated through Cocoa Life Program of Mondelēz International in Luwu District. Furthermore, the Indonesian Cocoa Association, Mars, PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur, and Cargill, also donate 700 liquid hand washing soap, and 700 bar soap during the ceremony. “This Covid-19 response aid is coordinated by CSP through its members in order to be distributed directly to the cocoa farmers in two districts in South Sulawesi Province. And it is a form of supports from all sustainable cocoa sector stakeholders in Indonesia for the cocoa farmers who are affected by Covid-19 pandemics. Moreover, CSP also provides other contributions as allocation of Subsidized NPK Specific Formula Fertilizer that had been distributed this year,” Wahyu Wibowo, Executive Director of CSP said.