Cocoa is an attractive commodity as its shelf life can last a few years (sales can be postponed to take advantage of price peaks), long maturation periods allow producers to benefit from tight supplies and growing demand (coffee and cocoa trees take three years to bear their first crop)
Cocoa has remained a traditionally grown crop, largely cultivated by smallholder farmers. The commercialization of cocoa production is most appropriate at the present moment when demand for cocoa is growing globally, and supply is projected to drop significantly in coming years.
We believe that the key to long-term steady cocoa production is sustainability. By practicing and training employees on sustainable agriculture, we manage to create an efficient ecosystem of increased yields of quality crop while preserving the local environment.
Cocoa is considered a superfood, packed with antioxidants and vitamins which improve:
• Anti-inflammatory values
• Immune response
• Cholesterol levels
• Glucose balance
Raw cocoa has an ORAC score of 62,100 per 100 grams, as compared to ginger, goji berries, or acai which average 24,100 per 100 grams.
Bean & Co’s expert team has more than three decades of global agricultural development and management experience. The team’s experience includes hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of successfully realized projects, strong networks and relationships on the ground, and industry-leading expertise in tropical agronomy. Our in-house specialists possess deep technical knowledge in the following fields: planting and cropping, irrigation and fertilization, phyto-sanitary protection, harvest and post-harvest, processing, and marketing & distribution.
Bean & Co has created a portfolio which focuses on investment diversification between continents, thus allowing the company to mitigate the risk of diseases, weather and supply constraints. If one continent is effected by a major disease or weather condition, a global cocoa shortage may occur and the cocoa prices may significantly increase. As a direct result of such diversification; however, Bean & Co will still see an increase in profit from its operations in those un-effected continents.
Diversifying risk across different countries along the tropical belt will also assist in coping with geographic, economic and political threats and benefit from various tax holidays and local subsidies.
Yes, all of Bean & Co’s farms are UTZ certified, ensuring that all of our practices are positive for the local environment and for our employees. In addition, we are members of the World Cocoa Foundation.
We work closely with major industry off-takers, including leading confectionery companies all throughout the value chain.
Bean & Co produces and provides optimal quality cocoa beans in alignment with market demands.
As the vast majority of the global cocoa supply is produced by smallholder farmers, our main competitors are rural farmers that largely do not have access to advanced technology or improved agronomic methods. On a smaller scale, our competitors include a few other commercial cocoa production companies with advanced knowledge in cocoa farming and sustainable efficiency.
We aim to continue operating advanced, sustainable large scale cocoa plantations worldwide, and achieving our goal of 40,000 Hectares globally. We aim to actualize this vision by incorporating locals into our operations and maximizing local value by our commercial presence.