SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) announces new members from the Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Morocco and the United Kingdom. The diverse companies span four continents and join cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide that are committed to a sustainable cocoa economy.
With the additions, WCF's membership includes for the first time a major retailer, United Kingdom-based Marks & Spencer, and a global leader in the fertilizer industry, Morocco-based OCP. They are joined by one of the world's largest farmer cooperatives, a cocoa machinery manufacturer, and cocoa processing and confectionary company.
The new WCF members are:
- Daito Cacao, Co., Ltd. – Tokyo, Japan
- GSR Cocoa Machinery – Calolziocorte, Italy
- Marks & Spencer – London, United Kingdom
- National Confederation of Dominican Cacao Producers (Conacado) – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- OCP – Casablanca, Morocco
WCF President Bill Guyton said, "The work of WCF is made possible by the active support, expertise, and contributions of our members. We look forward to working with these outstanding companies, and with all of our members, in support of cocoa farmers, their families, and their communities."
The announcement came on the eve of WCF's 24th Partnership Meeting, convening on October 15 and 16, in Santo Domingo. The Partnership Meeting, held twice yearly, share expertise and practices on a wide range of cocoa sustainability issues.
The World Cocoa Foundation is the leading non-profit organization in cocoa sustainability worldwide and represents more than 80% of the global cocoa market.
For more information, visit www.worldcocoa.org.
About the World Cocoa Foundation
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership foundation that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits. WCF's membership includes cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market.
SOURCE World Cocoa Foundation