Barry Callebaut to be honored with prestigious "Sustainable Standard-Setter" award

Barry Callebaut to be honored with prestigious "Sustainable Standard-Setter" 
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Barry Callebaut / Barry Callebaut to be honored with prestigious
"Sustainable Standard-Setter"
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The Rainforest Alliance recognizes Barry Callebaut's sustainability
* Barry Callebaut will receive "Sustainable Standard-Setter" award
at the     Rainforest Alliance 2013 Annual Gala on May 15, 2013 in
New York 
* The company is committed to ensuring that cocoa is grown in a
way that generates income for farmers and safeguards
the environment 
* Sustainable Cocoa is one of the four strategic pillars of Barry
Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality
cocoa and chocolate products, is to be honored for its collective
sustainability efforts over the past years with the
"Sustainable Standard-Setter" award at the Rainforest Alliance
Annual Gala on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to be held at New York's
American Museum
of Natural History. 
The esteemed event recognizes exceptional achievements made by
companies in key
areas of sustainability and is founded on the
principle of "building a world
where people and the environment
prosper together." 
The company's Chief Executive Officer, Juergen B. Steinemann, stated
"we are
honored to receive such a prestigious award from an
organization that shares
many of the same values as Barry Callebaut.
Our ongoing collaboration with the
Rainforest Alliance allows us to
continue to encourage cocoa-farming practices that are sustainable
over the long term." 
Steven Retzlaff, President of Global Sourcing & Cocoa, echoed these
noting "Contributing to a sustainable cocoa supply chain
and proactively engaging in cocoa farming communities is fundamental
to our company. We applaud
the efforts of farmer groups who commit to
sustainable agricultural practices
and succeed in achieving the
criteria to be Rainforest Alliance Certified(TM)." 
"We are proud to honor Barry Callebaut at our 2013 Gala Awards
Dinner, recognizing the company's outstanding efforts promoting
sustainability," said
Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest
Alliance. "Through supporting the
Rainforest Alliance's approach to
sustainable production, Barry Callebaut is
having a demonstrable
impact on the ground, helping to improve the lives and
livelihoods of
cocoa farming communities." 
Barry Callebaut's commitment to sustainably grown cocoa Last year,
Barry Callebaut accelerated its efforts with the initiation of
largest sustainability initiative, "Cocoa Horizons". "Cocoa
Horizons" is a USD
42 million cocoa sustainability initiative, which
was launched as part of the
company's decision to make Sustainable
Cocoa one of the four pillars of its corporate strategy. The
initiative's key goals are to further boost farm productivity,
increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa
producing countries over the next 10 years. Under its "Cocoa
Horizons" initiative, Barry Callebaut has implemented a number of
innovative programs, as for example a recent cocoa farmer training
program in joint initiative with the
Rainforest Alliance to help
protect the Tai National Park in southwest Cote
One of Barry Callebaut's landmark sustainability projects is the
Quality Partner
Program (QPP) through which the key goals of "Cocoa
Horizons" are implemented on the ground in direct collaboration with
cocoa farming cooperatives, agricultural
associations and government
institutions. The program, which was founded in 2005, helps to train
and support cocoa farmers to increase yields and quality
and improve
their livelihoods through higher income and improved access to
education and basic health care. Over 30,000 cocoa farmers have
benefited from
the Quality Partner Program. Barry Callebaut also
offers agricultural training
and support to cooperatives in the
Quality Partner Program who are interested in becoming Rainforest
Alliance Certified. For more information about QPP can be
found here. 
Along with promoting Rainforest Alliance certification, Barry
Callebaut actively
participates in industry initiatives and programs,
including the World Cocoa
Foundation (WCF), the Cocoa Livelihoods
Program (CLP) and the African Cocoa Initiative (ACI). The company is
also a board member of the International Cocoa
Initiative (ICI), a
foundation established under the Cocoa Industry
(Harkin-Engel Protocol). 
Seven other organizations - AMResorts, IndoTeak Design, Kapawi
Ecolodge & Reserve, Kingfisher plc, NESCAFE, Olam International Ltd.
and Tata Global
Beverages - along with Barry Callebaut are this
year's Rainforest Alliance "Sustainable Standard-Setter" award
recipients. More information about the Rainforest Alliance Annual
Gala event can be found here. 
Barry Callebaut ( 
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2
in 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
operates out of 30 countries, runs
more than 45 production facilities
and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce
of about 6,000 people.
Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry focusing
industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of
(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter
with its two global
brands Callebaut(R) and Cacao Barry(R). 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 Cocoa
initiative and research activities, the company engages with
farmers, farmer
organizations and other partners to help ensure future
supplies of cocoa and
improve farmer livelihoods. 
About Rainforest Alliance ( 
The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on
the land,
helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood
and host travelers.
From large multinational corporations to small,
community-based cooperatives,
businesses and consumers worldwide are
involved in the Rainforest Alliance's
efforts to bring responsibly
produced goods and services to a global marketplace
where the demand
for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information,
The complete news release and various images can be downloaded from
the following links: 
Farmer Field School 3: 
Cocoa Horizons: 
News Release (PDF): 
Farmer Field School 1: 
Farmer Field School 2: 
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for the media: 
Raphael Wermuth
Head of Media Relations
Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 04 58 
for investors and financial analysts: 
Evelyn Nassar
Head of Investor Relations
Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 04 23 
for the media in the U.S.:
Kevin Nolan
Phone: +1 (202) 870 95 59
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