Barry Callebaut : Barry Callebaut leads cocoa farmer training program in joint initiative with the Rainforest Alliance to help

Barry Callebaut : Barry Callebaut leads cocoa farmer training program in joint
 initiative with the Rainforest Alliance to help protect Taï National Park in
                                Côte d'Ivoire

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    Working with communities to promote biodiversity conservation

  *Initiative brings together experts and rural cocoa farming communities to
    expand use of sustainable agriculture and conserve biodiversity 

  *Parties aim to develop long-term solutions for preventing further
    degradation of rainforest and fragile ecosystems near Taï National Park

  *Barry Callebaut is training farmer groups neighboring the park in
    Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards and on improving farm
    productivity

Zurich, Switzerland, April 3, 2013 - Barry Callebaut, the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, is participating in
a joint sustainability initiative with the Rainforest Alliance, other experts
in development and environmental and wildlife protection, and the national
office of parks and reserves to protect the Taï National Park in southwest
Côte d'Ivoire.

The park is one of the last major remnants of the vast primary tropical forest
that once spanned across present-day Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra
Leone, and is the largest island of forest remaining in West Africa, according
to the UNESCO World Heritage Center. It is noted for its population of
endangered pygmy hippopotamus, 11 species of monkeys and 1,300 species of
higher plants.

As part of a comprehensive multi-stakeholder initiative to conserve the
forest's biodiversity, cocoa farmers in the rural areas bordering the park are
being offered training in sustainable cocoa production. Barry Callebaut, which
has worked with cocoa farmers and cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire since 2005, is
conducting the training program that will enable approximately 2,000 farmers
from five cooperatives to comply with the environmental, social and economic
criteria defined by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standards and
become Rainforest Alliance Certified(TM).

In cooperation with the Rainforest Alliance, Barry Callebaut is also
establishing nurseries for indigenous shade trees, launching a tree planting
program, creating nurseries for cocoa seedlings, and setting up demonstration
plots to showcase good agricultural practices.

The training program, part of Barry Callebaut's Cocoa Horizons global cocoa
sustainability initiative, comprises agricultural training for farmers and
business and administrative skills training for the management personnel of
the respective cooperatives. Agricultural training takes place in Farmer Field
Schools (FFS), a methodology that facilitates adult learning on good
agricultural practices and environmental protection through participant
interaction and demonstrations. In addition to business training, the
cooperatives also receive support in setting up internal management systems
required to qualify for Rainforest Alliance independent certification. Barry
Callebaut's in-house certification team, based in Côte d'Ivoire, is conducting
the training of lead farmers alongside qualified lead trainers accredited by
the Rainforest Alliance.

"We are very encouraged by the strong interest shown by farmers participating
in the training activities, which underscores our shared commitment to
sustainable cocoa production and the protection of the rich diversity of
wildlife and plant species unique to this important geographic region," said
Anke Massart, Project Manager Cocoa Horizons in Côte d'Ivoire.

One of the auditors of the program, Mélanie Bayo-Sirima, said, "I am proud as
an Ivorian to be personally involved in the protection of those landscapes
essential for the ecological balance of the Western Region. I have no doubt a
rational management of natural resources by involving communities can also
improve the standard of living of cocoa farmers and their families."

In addition to the Rainforest Alliance and Barry Callebaut, the other parties
in the joint initiative are Centre d'Etudes, Formations, Conseils, Audits
(CEFCA); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ);
Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF); and the Office Ivoirien des Parcs et
Réserves (OIPR). CEFCA, a not-for-profit nongovernmental environmental
organization, has implemented several Rainforest Alliance technical assistance
projects in Côte d'Ivoire. GIZ has promoted sustainable projects and worked
with the park's management body since the mid-1990s. The Wild Chimpanzee
Foundation, created in 2000, aims to protect the key chimpanzee population in
West Africa. OIPR has been responsible for the sustainable management of the
park since 2002.

"We are pleased to be working with this distinguished and committed group of
experts to help find long-term solutions for preventing further degradation to
areas in and near the park and to expand the use of sustainable agriculture
through a focus on productivity improvements and biodiversity conservation,"
said Nicholas Camu, Group Manager Cocoa Horizons at Barry Callebaut.

Barry Callebaut's Cocoa Horizons initiative, announced in March 2012, is a
10-year CHF 40 million program to boost farm productivity, increase cocoa
quality and improve family livelihoods in a sustainable way. Barry Callebaut
is focusing first on large producer countries including Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana,
Indonesia, Cameroon and Brazil, and aims to expand the initiative to other
cocoa producing countries with high development potential. Cocoa Horizons
builds on Barry Callebaut's proven Quality Partner Program (QPP) with cocoa
farmer cooperatives, launched in Cote d'Ivoire in 2005 and replicated in
Cameroon in 2010.

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Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com/):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion)
for fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to the
finest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 30 countries, operates
around 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce
of about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry
focusing on industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of
chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its
two global brands Callebaut^® and Cacao Barry^®. 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. Cost leadership is another important reason why global as well as
local food manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad
range of sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works
with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future
supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.

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Contacts

for investors and financial analysts: for the media:
Evelyn Nassar                         Raphael Wermuth
Head of Investor Relations            Head of Media Relations
Barry Callebaut AG                    Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 04 23               Phone: +41 43 204 04 58
evelyn_nassar@barry-callebaut.com     raphael_wermuth@barry-callebaut.com

The complete news release and various images can be downloaded from the
following links:

Map Tai National Park (Source: African Natural Heritage website, 2013)
Farmer Field School_Photo 3
Map Tai National Park (Source: Google Maps, 2013)
Farmer Field School_Photo 2
Farmer Field School_Photo 1
Farmer Field School_Photo 4
News release (PDF)

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