Formalized in 2012, GrowCocoa underscores the shared sustainability commitments of Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, and Olam International, a global integrated supply chain manager of agricultural products and food ingredients. GrowCocoa’s formation ensures the Blommer and Olam vision that through collaboration with communities, local and national governments and industry leaders, the strongest and most comprehensive sustainability programs are realized.
Independently operated and headquartered in Washington DC, our presence brings us closer to those who share our partners’ vision to strengthen cocoa-producing communities through inclusive alliances and innovative approaches.
Olam’s expansive origin networks and access to farmer associations teamed with Blommer’s strong customer relationships and reputation as a leading processor allows us to form new partnerships, develop new programs and expand our reach to meet the evolving needs of farmers and communities.
The two first partnered in Indonesia in 2004 to increase cocoa yields within a community of 2,000 farmers. Today, that network exceeds 15,100 farmers. This success in Indonesia is mirrored in Côte d’Ivoire: beginning with 6 cooperatives and 2,400 farmers, the Blommer-Olam partnership has grown to include 87 cooperatives and over 26,800 farmers in just 7 years.
Since teaming, the shared investment of >$25 million has elevated farmer profiles, improved market access and independence and resulted in 35 Rainforest Alliance and 3 UTZ certifications for farmer associations across Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia.
Farming communities benefit from our shared resources and infrastructure, our experienced and dedicated field teams, focused social programming, and deep engagement.