Cocoa Beans

Tracing cocoa beans in Ecuador

95% of the world’s cocoa production comes from family smallholdings with one to three hectares of cocoa plantation . More than 5 million cocoa smallholders in tropical areas produced 5.2 million tonnes of fermented cocoa beans in 2017, which they sold to a number of multinational chocolate companies. The beans arriving in consumer countries are roasted, crushed and pressed to produce chocolate and chocolate confectionery.

How can small producers set themselves apart? How can they demonstrate the value of their production in the face of strong competition?

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Problem

  • Identifying the different cocoa varieties on each farm
  • Foreseeing potential errors at every stage of processing the beans
  • Giving the brand a strong position in a highly competitive market

Solution

EgoTrace has set up a tracing platform capable of tracking products from harvest to the farm in order to guarantee their quality. Every stage of treatment was traceable and could be validated in accordance with legal and health requirements.

The tool was set up in less than 30 days for immediate use.

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Benefits

  • Save time and increase productivity
  • Anticipate and reduce risk of errors
  • Prove product’s unique quality
  • Enter new markets
  • Increase volume and turnover
  • Improve relationships with partners
  • Maximize value of producers
  • Gain a better reputation, both online and offline

Ecuacao

“As an exporter of fine cocoa beans from Ecuador, our company needed to offer customers transparency on the origin of our products back to the farm, in order to prove their quality. We chose EgoTrace for ease of implementation and use, a great advantage when working on another continent. As well as identifying the origin of each bean, we can also trace every stage we run for processing beans, from harvest to sale.”

Rafael Cevallos
CEO Ecuacao, Ecuador