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Oreos to be made exclusively from sustainable cocoa as Mondelēz promotes Cocoa Life initiative

Mondelēz International, one of the world’s largest snacks companies, has committed to using only sustainable cocoa in the production of Oreo biscuits T...

Laura Mullan
|Apr 2|magazine5 min read

Mondelēz International, one of the world’s largest snacks companies, has committed to using only sustainable cocoa in the production of Oreo biscuits

This latest announcement comes as part of firm's wider commitment to expand its sustainable cocoa sourcing programme, Cocoa Life, to more of its flagship brands.

Through the programme, the snacks giant aims to support sustainable cocoa products and enhance the health, education and welfare of cocoa farmers. 

The US-based company also says that it ultimately aims to source all of its cocoa sustainably in the future.

Mondelēz International says that the Cocoa Life logo will be displayed on all Oreo products by the end of the year. 

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“To bring the iconic Oreo brand under Cocoa Life is a special moment for us as we continue to expand the programme and move closer to our target of empowering 200,000 farmers and reaching one million people in cocoa-growing communities by 2022,” says Glenn Caton, President, Northern Europe at Mondelēz International.

“Through Cocoa Life, we want to become an accountable partner for our cocoa farmers, not just a buyer. 

“Independent assessments show that we are having a genuine impact and seeing the Cocoa Life logo on the front of packs will give consumers the confidence that whenever they buy an Oreo product they are making a real difference to people’s lives,” he added.

The Cocoa Life scheme currently supports over 90,00 cocoa farmers worldwide.

By 2022, Mondelēz says that it will invest a further $400mn to extend the scheme to over 200,00 cocoa growing communities in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and India.