Cargill Says Poelma to Lead Cocoa Unit as De Loor Set to Depart

  • Poelma was most recently with Cargill’s refined-oil business
  • Jos de Loor will leave in June after 29 years at Cargill

Cargill Inc., one of the world’s largest food traders, appointed Harold Poelma to lead its global cocoa and chocolate business.

Poelma, who joined the company in 1987, was named president of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate, the company said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement. Jos de Loor, Cargill’s former business leader for cocoa and chocolate in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, will leave the company after 29 years.

"Cocoa sustainability will remain at the heart of our global cocoa and chocolate business," Poelma said in the statement.

Minneapolis-based Cargill is the world’s second-largest cocoa processor after Barry Callebaut AG, the top maker of bulk chocolate. Singapore-based Olam International Ltd. ranks third.

Poelma, who was most recently managing director for Cargill’s refined-oils business in Europe, is no stranger to the cocoa market. He joined the trader’s cocoa and chocolate unit in the Netherlands in 2001 before moving elsewhere within the company in 2012. He has also held management positions at Cargill’s oilseeds and European feed units.

Cargill’s cocoa business is present in 35 locations and has processing factories in nations including the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Indonesia, according to information on the company’s website.

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