"Opening a grading facility in Amsterdam puts this important function within close proximity of the key cocoa storage facilities, therefore improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the futures sampling and grading process," says Cees Vermaas, ceo of CME Europe.
Boyhood summer visits to his family’s idle cocoa plantations become a driving force for Diego Badaró. In resurrecting the Badaró fazenda, he’s also become a driving force for pioneering premium chocolate amongst Brazilians.
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND As demand for chocolate grows in developing markets, can the existing cocoa-growing regions meet the supply-side challenge? Bettering the economics for small farmers in Africa, Asia, South and Central America requires a comprehensive approach, one that takes into account improving agricultural practices, enhancing supply chain infrastructures, expanding community services, boosting farmer incomes and taking advantage of evolving technologies.