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Top Cocoa Bean Processors
As the following list shows, the cocoa processing industry is highly concentrated. Profits are driven by large-scale production capabilities, with 3 multinationals processing over 40% of cocoa beans worldwide each year.
Archer Daniels Midland (US) ... 15% of global cocoa bean grindings
Cargill (US) ... 14%
Barry Callebaut (Switzerland) ... 13%
Nestle (Switzerland) ... 5%
Cadbury Schweppes (UK) ... 3%
Hershey (US) ... 2%
Ferraro (Italy) ... 2%
Mars (US) ... 2%
Italian-owned Ferrero operates 15 production facilities, 11 of which are located outside Italy. Well-known Ferrero brands include Ferrero Rocher and Nutella.
A spokesperson for Italian confectionery company Ferrero SpA confirmed today that their joint chief executive Pietro Ferrero has died in an accident in South Africa. The 47-year-old father of three was traveling for business when he reportedly fainted and fell from his bicycle during a routine ride.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini released a statement saying, "Italy has lost a businessman who represented the best qualities of our economic history."
Ferreo's father, 85-year-old father Michele is Italy's richest man, having taken over the company from his parents Piera and Pietro who founded the company in the 1940s.
The Challenge: High tensions existed between leaders of the cocoa industry and NGOs that advocate for fair labor practices. Many representatives of NGOs felt that industry representatives could not be trusted partners in the process of verifying surveys. Industry representatives felt unduly mistrusted and that some NGOs were not very familiar with conditions on the ground in millions of small cocoa farms. These conflicting groups needed to agree on a process for verifying child labor surveys to satisfy a U.S. government protocol, but neither side was satisfied with the other’s proposal.
Originally posted by YourPopRock
Oompah Loompah INDEED!
Doop - A - Dee - Do.
Green America Fair Trade Coordinator Elizabeth O'Connell said: "We've already had tens of thousands of U.S. consumers participate directly in various campaigns to highlight Hershey's troubling reliance on forced and child labor in West Africa. Now, we want to get consumers directly involved in spoofing the ads of Hershey to put more heat on the company."
Global Exchange Fair Trade Director Adrienne Fitch Frankel said: "It remains our hope that Hershey will put an end to these unconscionable labor abuses. That day is likely to come about more quickly as even more Americans tell Hershey to clean up its chocolate mess."
ILRF Campaigns Director Tim Newman said: "Hershey lags behind the rest of the industry in failing to have any independent, third party certification for its cocoa. More and more consumers are calling on Hershey to raise the bar and begin sourcing Fair Trade Certified cocoa."
Originally posted by PennKen2009
But you said their company only accounts for 2% of chocolate production?
Originally posted by FeraVerto
A majority of ATS users probably never have hunted in their lives or grown their own food.
Hershey Foods Corp., the nation’s largest chocolate-maker, says it is “shocked” and “deeply concerned” that its products, such as Hershey’s Kisses, Nuggets, Hershey chocolate bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, may be made with cocoa produced by child slaves. The company, which has a long history of involvement with children, says it is deeply embarrassed by revelations of indirect involvement with child slavery. (Hershey Foods, which has a market capitalization on Wall Street of $8.4 billion, is affiliated with a school for orphaned and disadvantaged children, established in 1909 by company founder Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine.)
M&M Mars and Hershey Foods Corp. are not alone. Other companies whose chocolate is almost certainly tainted with child slavery include: ADM Cocoa, Ben & Jerry’s, Cadbury Ltd., Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut, Fowler’s Chocolate, Godiva, Guittard Chocolate Company, Kraft, Nestle, See’s Candies, The Chocolate Vault, and Toblerone. While most of these companies have issued condemnations of slavery, and expressed a great deal of moral outrage that it exists in the industry, they each have acknowledged that they use Ivory Coast cocoa and so have no grounds to ensure consumers that their products are slavery-free.
Companies like Mars, Hershey, and Nestle often say that there is no way they can control the labor practices of their suppliers. But there are other chocolate companies who manage to do so, and it would seem that if the bigger companies really wanted to reform problems in the supply chain, they have the power and ability to do so.
Originally posted by burntheships
Thanks for bringing this important matter to ATS!
Another tragedy, brought to us by greed, and a desire for fortune and fame.
Consigliere: Pietro Ferrero; è anche consigliere di Italcementi Spa