As part of monitoring and evaluation UTZ publishes annual reports on our certification programs. Below are highlights of developments in the cocoa sector – be sure to download the full report and join our Q&A webinar on 31May to find out more!
More than half a million cocoa farmers from 20 countries are now UTZ certified. Over 2016 demand and interest in UTZ certified cocoa continued to grow, largely due to the 100% commitment to sustainable sourcing by 2020 by leading retailers and brands.
In line with the main cocoa producing countries, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador and Ghana have most UTZ members, with the largest increase in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2016 our sustainable cocoa program expanded for the first time into Liberia.
Global estimated cocoa production increased in 2016, hitting over one million metric tons. Total volume of cocoa sold by UTZ farmers increased by 10% over the calendar year 2016. All countries except Côte d’Ivoire saw an increase in sales volumes, with Cameroon and Nigeria leading the way thanks to new investment.
The number of supply chain actors in the UTZ cocoa program increased by 305 to 1,185, and members joined us from three new countries: Latvia, India and Hong Kong. UTZ labeled products have been registered in 126 countries, with the number of approval requests for products with the UTZ label increasing by 23% to over 7,000 during 2016.
The UTZ cash premium is used in a number of different ways, and we are gaining more insight into how it is spent. In 2013/14 we saw that 55% was paid directly to farmers and 45% was invested back into businesses. In 2016 the average UTZ cash premium decreased by 12%, and there is a shift reported from cash to in-kind premiums.