Cacao-Trace este programul de sustenabilitate a Puratos dedicat culturilor de cacao, și care își propune prin colaborarea directă cu fermierii să asigure sustenabilitatea pe termen lung a producției de cacao.
Programul beneficiază de propriul proces de certificare și este auditat anual de o terță parte independentă. În prezent, programul se derulează în Vietnam și pe Coasta de Fildeș, iar în curând va ajunge în mai multe țări din Africa de Vest și Asia de Sud-Est.
Education and training are at the heart of Cacao-Trace’s activities. Technical support and coaching, delivered on the farms and in Cacao-Trace post-harvest centers, helps cocoa farmers increase both their yields and the quality of their beans. By working alongside them to further professionalise their farm management skills and environmental protection techniques, Cacao-Trace empowers cocoa farmers to obtain the highest possible income and to manage their plantations with greater autonomy.
Similar to other sustainability programs, Cacao-Trace contributes to a sustainable supply chain through best practice environmental, financial and human-centered approaches. Beyond that, it is also a mark of quality. Cacao-Trace teams work closely with farmers to carefully control the fermentation and drying process, a vital step to ensuring superior cocoa beans. This support allows farmers to focus more time on caring for their plantations, improving skills, productivity and quality. The result is a win-win. Farmers deliver better yields while chocolate producers are assured of higher quality beans for great tasting chocolate.
When it comes to flavour and taste, Cacao-Trace chocolate offers what other sustainable chocolate products often do not. This is due to the program’s intense focus on the post-harvest process, and other factors such as soil, climate and the genetic variety of the bean. As with wine-making, fermentation is an essential stage in developing the flavour potential of each cocoa bean. Mastering this process ensures that only the highest quality beans become delicious Cacao-Trace chocolate.
When you buy Cacao-Trace chocolate products you are supporting the long-term supply chocolate while directly helping to reduce poverty levels of cocoa farmers. For every kilo of chocolate purchased, Cacao-Trace pays a “Chocolate Bonus” of 0,10ct back to farmers. This simple and transparent payment scheme is unique in that 100% of the Chocolate Bonus reaches farmers through the Next Generation Cacao Foundation. It creates a mutually-beneficial relationship throughout the supply chain, from the farmer growing the cocoa beans to the chocolate producer and distributor through to chocolate lovers around the world.
By purchasing Cacao-Trace chocolate you are helping better the lives of cocoa farmers and their families. Controlled separation of Cacao-Trace cocoa from other cocoa beans throughout the supply chain – all the way from harvesting through to processing – guarantees the physical traceability of all Cacao-Trace cocoa. Chocolate lovers and producers can be confident that every delivery of Cacao-Trace cocoa beans is validated and registered.