The international market for chocolate and cocoa products is growing. Millions of more consumers have entered the middle class, especially across Asia, and they have discovered a taste for chocolate. At the same time, the public is becoming sensitised to matters such as child labour, human rights, a living income, climate change, and environmental degradation.
For decades, the chocolate industry has been moving from hands-off, importer of cocoa beans, to a much more engaged partner to develop a supply of cocoa beans that are grown in climate resilient farming systems that improve livelihoods and sustain ecosystems. With these market pressures looming, partners across the entire supply chain are collaborating intensively to secure sustainable cocoa supplies.