What Nestle Plans to do about the Depleting Cocoa Trees

I know, I know, the phrase ‘depleting cocoa trees’ freaks me out too! I mean, a shortage of cocoa? Now that’s a terrifying thought!

But it’s true!

Canadians lurve their chocolate, in fact a study reported that 58% of Canadians would include chocolate as part of their last meal and I fully admit I would be one of them, but how many of us know where it comes from or of its future sustainability?

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is a $120-million initiative to improve cocoa sustainability and the livelihoods of cocoa farmers through a number of programs including: distributing higher-yielding, disease-resistant plantlets; providing education for farmers and their families; improving infrastructure in farming communities; and addressing and eliminating the use of child labour in the cocoa supply chain. With the global cocoa supply chain in crisis due to factors including diseased and low-yielding crops, Nestlé is at the forefront of efforts to regenerate cocoa in the Ivory Coast – where approximately 40 per cent of the world’s cocoa supply is produced. Canada is one of the first five countries in the world to introduce the Nestlé Cocoa Plan-sourced chocolate, now available in Nestlé’s top-selling KIT KAT, AERO, and COFFEE CRISP bars, and in SMARTIES.

 

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