A growing proportion of cocoa purchased by Dutch companies is certified as sustainable according to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Sustainable cocoa’s share of the market rose from 21 per cent in 2014 to 30 per cent in 2016, according to a survey on the use of certified sustainable cocoa by cocoa processing companies in the Netherlands that was , conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CSB) and commissioned by the Ministry.
The Netherlands is a major importer of cocoa beans. One-fifth of the beans entering the global market are Dutch imports.
The imported cocoa beans are processed into semi-finished products such as cocoa mass, cocoa butter and cocoa powder by a handful of large holdings. Most of these semi-finished products are exported. The remainder is processed into end products by chocolate manufacturers, bakeries and other food producers, also partly destined for export.
CBS conducted a survey at the end of 2016 and start of 2017 among cocoa processing companies in the Netherlands. The participating companies process an estimated 85 to 95 per cent of the total amount of cocoa beans and 45 to 55 per cent of the total amount of cocoa mass, cocoa butter and cocoa powder in the Netherlands.
Out of the participating companies, 8 in 10 indicated they import cocoa with a sustainability certification. In 60 per cent of these cases, this involved an approved sustainability certificate.