Selene Scotton of Puratos addresses Cacso farmers in Davao City
Food service and ingredients provider Puratos Philippines gave
cash incentives to cacao farmers as part of its incentive program called Cacao Trace.
Done in partnership with Kennemer Foods International, the Cacao Trace incentives were distributed through the Chocolate Bonus Distribution Program last Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Calinan, Davao City.
Cacao Trace is an international cacao sustainability program of Puratos for cacao farmers around the world. For the Philippines, 2,000 Dabawenyo cacao farmers will be granted the said incentive.
To realize Puratos’ vision in serving quality chocolate products, the company partners with hardworking cacao farmers, who key in helping meeting its chocolate needs.
Addressong the participants, Selene Scotton, Puratos Cacao Sourcing Manager for Asia Pacific region underscored the importance of supplying quality cacao beans in order to produce high quality chocolate products in the market which Puratos is known for.
“Your bonus does not come from us but from the customers who bought the chocolate products,” Scotton said.
The Chocolate Bonus Distribution is based on the cacao farmer’s volume contribution to cacao processing. Higher contributions mean larger bonuses.
For cacao farmer and chocolate bonus beneficiary Dave Sasing from Sirib, Calinan distict, Davao City, the bonus is a big help in making sure many farmers can invest more in the chocolate bean industry.
Sasing received a substantial cash bonus for selling more than 500 kilos of cacao since Cacao Trace program started in Davao. He said the money he received from the bonus grant will help him plant more cacao beans in the future.
“This one way of promoting and encouraging more people to plant more cacao given with the rich industry and vast lands of Mindanao,” Simon Bakker, Kennemer Foods general manager said.
Presently, Puratos continues to serve the Filipino chocolate enthusiast with their products like Chocolante couverture chocolate which is available at Trifoods, Puratos’ exclusive distributor in Mindanao.