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Barry Callebaut increases UTZ Certified training activities with cocoa supply chain intermediaries in Cote d'Ivoire

October 4, 2012 - Zurich, Switzerland

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"Cocoa Horizons" sustainability initiative broadens farmer base

· Training implemented by Barry Callebaut's localsustainability expertsin cooperation with UTZ Certified representatives

· Work with intermediaries complements company's work withfarmerorganizations and cooperatives

· Advances company's efforts to make agricultural trainingavailable toa broader spectrum of farmers in Cote d'Ivoire

Barry Callebaut, the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate, has extended itsagriculturetraining activities in Cote d'Ivoire to cocoa supply chain intermediaries.Training to meet the sustainability standards of UTZ Certified, anindependentcertification program for cocoa, is being provided to eight intermediariesinkey cocoa growing regions.

The local intermediaries provide services to an estimated 13,000independentfarmers in their respective regions including the collection and purchaseoffermented and dried cocoa beans.

"While work to strengthen and expand the number of cooperatives in Coted'Ivoireis continuing, most cocoa farmers are not members of farmer organizationsandsell their beans to local intermediaries," said Nicholas Camu, GroupManager"Cocoa Horizons." "To advance sustainable cocoa production, and tocomplementour work with farmer organizations, we are developing innovative programstoreach many of these unaffiliated farmers and intermediaries. We are pleasedtobe working with UTZ Certified in this new training effort."

Over the next several years, Barry Callebaut's in-house sustainabilityteam,together with representatives from the UTZ Certified program, will provideagricultural training to farmer trainers and will assist administrators indeveloping documentation and implementing internal control systems, asrequiredby the UTZ Certified program.

The training activities with intermediaries, part of Barry Callebaut's"CocoaHorizons" global sustainability initiative, build on the company'ssuccessfulprior experience in training cooperatives and farmer groups to beindependentlycertified.

"UTZ Certified is a program and a label for sustainable farming," said DaandeVries, Field Director UTZ Certified. "As a program, UTZ Certified functionsasan architect and enabler of sustainable supply chains. To reach our sharedgoalto make sustainability the norm rather than an exception, we need to workclosely with all players in the cocoa value chain. We are very pleased withthecommitment of the participating intermediaries and Barry Callebaut to worktoachieve long-term economic viability for producers and markets, protect ournatural resources and contribute to improving farmer livelihoods."


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With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0billion) forfiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean tothefinished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries,operatesaround 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicatedworkforce ofabout 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industryfocusing onindustrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its twoglobalbrands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. Barry Callebaut is the globalleader incocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range ofservicesin the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.Costleadership is another important reason why global as well as local foodmanufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad rangeofsustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works withfarmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure futuresuppliesof cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.


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