CHICAGO AND SINGAPORE (June 18, 2012) – Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America and Olam International Limited, a global integrated supply chain manager of agricultural products and food ingredients, today announced the formation of a first-of-its kind joint venture on a 50:50 basis. GrowCocoa formally links two major companies in the cocoa world and will be headquartered in the United States of America.

GrowCocoa will bolster the cocoa supply chain based on the combined strengths of both partners; in origin sourcing and access to farmer groups, technical chocolate product manufacturing expertise and established retail customer relationships. GrowCocoa aims to improve the livelihoods of cocoa communities, encourage long-term commitment and investment in a sustainable supply chain and develop strategic partnerships with governments, national institutions, relevant NGOs and funding partners.

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