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Callebaut’s Finest Belgian Chocolate – the four classic recipes now also Fairtrade certified

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November 09, 2010
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  • As of January 2011, Callebaut’s four classic recipes will be also available as Fairtrade certified, extending the benefits of Fairtrade to more farmers
  • As a support to artisans, Fairtrade and Callebaut have developed specific Point-of-Sale material

Wieze, Belgium, November 9, 2010 – The Gourmet brand Callebaut, with its unique Belgian heritage, is the high-quality partner of artisans such as Confectioners, Pastry and Horeca Chefs. Today, Callebaut announces the launch of its new Fairtrade range of chocolate products.

Callebaut’s four classic recipes – 811 (dark), 823 (milk), W2 (white) and 70-30-38 (dark) – are the preferred choice of confectioners, pastry chefs and chocolatiers all over the world. They have become global standards, often copied but never equaled in taste, flavor, quality and workability. From January 2011 these products will be available in both the conventional formulations as well as Fairtrade certified formulations, called Callebaut Fairtrade. The new range of Callebaut Fairtrade certified chocolates offer customers the opportunity to develop new artisanal products with Fairtrade certified chocolate.

As part of its Fairtrade marketing program, Callebaut will provide customers with promotional Point-of-Sale materials, including posters, doorstickers and brochures, so they can communicate their commitment to work with Fairtrade certified chocolate at their Point-of-Sale. The materials will be available on the Callebaut website (www.callebaut.com) as of January 2011.Callebaut Fairtrade products will be sold in all countries through Callebaut’s traditional Gourmet sales channels.

Juergen Steinemann, CEO Barry Callebaut: “As the global leader in cocoa and chocolate, a focus on sustainability is an imperative for our company, not an option. For a long time now we are actively engaged in origin countries by working together with farmers and cooperatives directly and at the same time we have been involved in various initiatives and projects, all contributing to a more sustainable cocoa supply chain. Our association with Fairtrade for example goes back many years and we are proud to be a Fairtrade preferred supplier of certified chocolate.”

Olivier Schucht, Vice President Gourmet at Barry Callebaut: “In the recent past, we increasingly received requests for certified products from Gourmet customers across the globe. The move to offer the four Callebaut classics also in a Fairtrade variety has been welcomed by chocolatiers and pastry chefs worldwide. They are delighted that it is now so easy for them to offer artisanal products containing Fairtrade chocolate and to communicate about it to their customers.”

Today, more than five million people – farmers, workers and their families – across 60 developing countries participate in the international Fairtrade system, including cocoa, sugar and natural vanilla producers. These are key ingredients in chocolate. Fairtrade strives for improved terms of trade and fair prices for farmers and workers in the global south that help them combat poverty, strengthen their position in the agricultural sector and take more control over their lives.

In order to attain the Fairtrade system certification, farmer organizations must comply with the economic, environmental and social standards defined by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO). FLO is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization made up of 24 member organizations worldwide. It is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, setting the Fairtrade standards and supporting producers in developing countries.

Lily Deforce, Director of Max Havelaar Belgium, the Belgian Fairtrade Labelling Initiative, strongly welcomes the new Callebaut commitment: “The new Fairtrade launch under the Callebaut brand further expands the market access of African farmers mainly from Ivory Coast who need better income for their cocoa. Fairtrade provides an independent guarantee for fair remuneration and decent living and working conditions. Together with Callebaut we can help improve the plight of farmers in Ivory Coast and enable them to take their future into their own hands.”

Ivory Coast is one of the poorest countries in the world but produces 35% of the world’s cocoa, with one in four people depending directly or indirectly on cocoa farming. The country has high levels of illiteracy. In Ivory Coast, the Fairtrade premium is often used by cooperatives for basic community needs such as water access, healthcare and education.

Outtara Siaka, cocoa producer from the region Grand Lahou in Ivory Coast: “Selling our cocoa through the Fairtrade system is giving me and my family more hope for the future and more dignity. We are able to get health care and wear decent clothes and my children will study at school, all this thanks to Fairtrade.”

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Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 5.2 billion / EUR 3.6 billion / USD 4.9 billion for fiscal year 2009/10, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finest finished product. Barry Callebaut is present in 26 countries, operates more than 40 production facilities and employs about 7,500 people. The company serves the entire food industry, from food manufacturers to professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), to global retailers. Barry Callebaut is the global leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing. The company is actively engaged in initiatives and projects that contribute to a more sustainable cocoa supply chain.

FLO and Fairtrade (www.fairtrade.net):
FLO unites national Fairtrade organizations across Europe, North America, Japan, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as producer networks representing Fairtrade  certified producer organizations in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The Fairtrade Mark is a registered trademark of FLO certifying that products meet the social, economic and environmental Fairtrade Standards. By the time a consumer product bears the FAIRTRADE Mark, it has been checked all along the Fairtrade supply chain. When consumers see the Mark, they know that Fairtrade Standards have been met and because of their purchasing choice small scale farmers and workers are receiving the benefits of Fairtrade.

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Contacts:

Barry Callebaut AG:

Julie Cherar

PR & Communication Manager

Gourmet Europe

Phone +33 1 30 22 84 17

julie_cherar@barry-callebaut.com

 

Fairtrade Belgium (for intern. inquiries)

Lily Deforce

Director Fairtrade Max Havelaar
Belgium
Phone +32 496 76 43 03

lily@maxhavelaar.be

 

Raphael Wermuth

External Communications Manager

Barry Callebaut AG

Phone +41 43 204 04 58

raphael_wermuth@barry-callebaut.com

 

Sandra Galbusera (for intern. inquiries)

Communication Manager

Phone +32 2 894 46 35

sandra@maxhavelaar.be