At Gerkens® we are proud to announce that Cargill has completed a US$100 million expansion of our cocoa processing facilities in Yopougon, Ivory Coast. With this investment, the Yopougon facility is now the single largest cocoa-grinding plant in Africa. The upgrades, which included infrastructure enhancements and safety improvements, increased production capacity at the site by 50%, creating nearly 100 full-time, local jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs.
By partnering with governments and other key stakeholders in West Africa, Cargill aims to drive economic growth in cocoa-origin countries through our cocoa-processing operations, sustainability activities and other collaborations.
As part of the Cargill Cocoa Promise, we will invest US$13 million over the next year in expanded and new programming to create stronger, more resilient cocoa-farming communities in Ivory Coast. This includes nearly US$6 million to support farmer coaching and training efforts, alongside an additional US$3.5 million aimed at expanding traceability projects in the world’s top cocoa-producing nation.