JB Cocoa Joins as General Assembly Member, and PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur as Supervisory Board Member of CSP

JB Cocoa Joins as General Assembly Member, and PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur as Supervisory Board Member of CSP

Jakarta, July 13, 2020—Since its establishment, Cocoa Sustainability Partnership is available and welcomes other stakeholders to gather all actors in cocoa sustainable development in Indonesia to work together and to create coordination in achieving the smallholder cocoa farmer welfare condition through improving the cocoa productivity.

Recently, a cocoa ingredient products company based in Malaysia joined the partnership forum of Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP). JB Foods Limited, or JB Foods, started as a processor of wet cocoa beans to dry cocoa beans in the 1980s, and it has grown to be one of the major cocoa ingredient producers in the region, with a total processing capacity of 180,000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans equivalent per year. The Group’s principal activities comprise the production and sale of cocoa ingredient products, namely cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa mass, under brand name JB Cocoa.

The business progress and its trade expansion also have grown massively. JB Foods Limited have incorporated the subsidiaries and office set up in the United States of America, Indonesia, and People’s Republic of China. In 2018, the company incorporated its subsidiaries in Switzerland and The Republic of Estonia.

Over the years, through its strong focus on product quality and development, the Group has honed its capability to develop and customise cocoa ingredient products to meet the varying and exacting requirements of globally diversified customers.

Before that, one company under of PT. Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company, PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur, which had joined this sustainable cocoa partnership platform, declared its membership upgrade to be a member of Supervisory Board. This decision definitely will enrich the variety of CSP members in applying the initiatives of sustainable cocoa development in Indonesia for the upcoming years. With a commitment previously with CSP, the fertilizer company in Bontang, East Kalimantan, will establish hundreds of demo plots for NPK cocoa-specific fertilizer application in South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, and other provinces of cocoa production centres in Indonesia.

Furthermore, during the similar period, Keling Kumang Group based in Sintang District, West Kalimantan, and Ecom Cocoa also had officially joined this partnership forum. The actors and stakeholders of Indonesian sustainable cocoa sector are joining the efforts in achieving the better condition of smallholder cocoa farmers.

Until 2030, with its members and other cocoa stakeholders, Cocoa Sustainability Partnership will implement some initiatives as efforts in achieving the targets and impacts of Roadmap 2020 of Sustainable Cocoa Development in Indonesia. By providing decent access to the smallholder cocoa farmers toward subsidized cocoa-specific fertilizer and qualified planting materials are the locomotives of collective action in achieving the objectives in improving the cocoa farmers welfare by increasing the cocoa production nationally. (CSP/AH)