INDONESIA October 2020
 
Mondelez inaugurates Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center as part of its long-term sustainability goal
 
Mondelez International has officially opened its state-of-the-art cocoa crop science technical center on 7 October in Pasuruan, a city in East Java, Indonesia.
The center enables Mondelez International to develop and promote better cocoa farming practices, continuing its work with farming communities, suppliers and partners around the world. It represents an important step in the company’s mission to lead the future of snacking by securing a sustainable future for high-quality cocoa, so consumers can enjoy the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way.
As one of the world’s largest buyers of cocoa for chocolate, the sustainability of the cocoa farming industry is key to Mondelez International’s long-term growth in Asia and around the world. “Cocoa is at the heart of chocolate, and demand is growing, with Asia set to become the 2nd largest consumer of cocoa ingredients. Mondelez International is determined to meet that demand in the right way by creating a thriving cocoa sector,” said Maurizio Brusadelli, Executive Vice President and President, Asia, Middle East and Africa for Mondelez International. He added, “Consumers also expect more from their favourite brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate. People want delicious snacks they feel good about eating, know where ingredients come from and produced in ways that are better for the environment and communities. We need to secure a sustainable future for high- quality cocoa and other raw materials we use to create the snacks our consumers love.”
The investment in the Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center (PCTC) focuses on cocoa crop science research and development. It supports sustainable, scalable cocoa farming practices and will work in line with Mondelez International’s global cocoa sustainability program, Cocoa Life. This program has so far reached to more than 43,000 Indonesian cocoa farmers.
Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Research, Development and Quality for Mondelez International said, “The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center is our global home for cocoa crop science initiatives. It brings local and international cocoa crop science experts together with farmers and suppliers in the cocoa growing areas of Sulawesi, Sumatra, and East Java. Our scientists can go from the labs at the center to field sites where we have research collaborations and on-farm activities through Cocoa Life.” Rob added that cocoa is a core ingredient in many of Mondelez’ products.
The center’s focus on cocoa crop science and technical solutions that support high-yielding, sustainable and resilient farming practices is a clear commitment to the company’s 2025 goal of sourcing 100% of cocoa for chocolate through Cocoa Life. The company is on track to meet that target with currently 63% of cocoa for its chocolate brands sourced through Cocoa Life.
The Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center (PCTC) combines an R&D facility with laboratories, and pilot post-harvest processing area with a state-of-the-art agronomy experiment station of 5 hectares of nursery and growing modules where scientists can carry out fully controlled experiments.
Indonesia is Mondelez’ choice of location for the Technical Centre as the country has a long history of cocoa cultivation, in addition to a large number of Indonesian cocoa farmers that are already now part of its Cocoa Life program. The new PCTC is also located near to Surabaya, a major transport/shipping hub.
In 2019, Mondelez International, Inc. reported net revenue of approximately US$26 billion.

(To know more about PCTC, click to the left side image containing the Fact Sheet)
 
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