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Blommer Chocolate Company Accelerates Global Growth Strategy with Acquisition of China Manufacturing Facility.
Chicago, February 24, 2016

Cocoa Manufacturer to Invest $40 million in Jinshan, China Plant. Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, today announced the acquisition of a manufacturing plant in China’s Jinshan district near Shanghai.

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First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire Opens School Complex Funded by Olam and Blommer in San Pedro
San Pedro, March 6, 2015

Olam International (Olam), a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries, and The Blommer Chocolate Company (Blommer), North America’s largest cocoa processor, today welcomed the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Madame Dominique Ouattara, to officially open a primary school complex close to Olam Cocoa Processing in San Pedro.

Jointly financed by Olam and customer partner Blommer, the Dominique Ouattara School Complex provides the community with a much-needed education facility. It has the potential to teach 300 children and has a canteen, nurses’ station and library.

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New Hershey Learn to Grow Program to Impact Nearly 9,000 Cocoa Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire
Hershey PA, October 22, 2014

Olam International (Olam), a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries, and The Blommer Chocolate Company (Blommer), North America’s largest cocoa processor, today welcomed the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Madame Dominique Ouattara, to officially open a primary school complex close to Olam Cocoa Processing in San Pedro.

Jointly financed by Olam and customer partner Blommer, the Dominique Ouattara School Complex provides the community with a much-needed education facility. It has the potential to teach 300 children and has a canteen, nurses’ station and library.

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New Hershey Learn to Grow Program to Impact Nearly 9,000 Cocoa Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire
Hershey PA, October 22, 2014

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today an innovative partnership with Hershey suppliers and a European sustainability agency to help thousands of farmers in Cote d’Ivoire improve productivity, raise incomes and improve communities.

The partnership includes Blommer Chocolate and Olam International through their joint “GrowCocoa” initiative and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). The Hershey Learn to Grow program aims to reach more than 8,700 cocoa farmers who belong to 27 cooperatives spread across six regions of Cote d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa-producing country.

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Blommer Chocolate Company joins World Cocoa Foundation's unprecedented CocoaAction initiative to bolster industry's global sustainable efforts
Chicago, June 9, 2014

Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, today announced its support of CocoaAction, an unprecedented alignment of the industry’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies to build a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, which collectively provide more than half of the world’s current cocoa supply.

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Olam and partners conseil regional de san pedro, Blommer Chocolate and Costco Wholesale improve rural livelihoods through sustainable cocoa programme
San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire, April 16, 2014

Olam International Limited, a leading agri-business operating across the supply chain in 65 countries, has together with partners Blommer Chocolate Company, Costco Wholesale and Conseil Régional de San Pedro, inaugurated a health centre, primary school and warehouse in San Pedro and Soubré. With a value of more than 54 million CFA (US$114,000) these buildings were constructed in recognition of the strong performance of three cocoa co-operatives in the villages of Doba (nursery school); Dagadji (health centre) and Méagui (warehouse).

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GrowCocoa, The Blommer Chocolate Company and Olam International joint venture, releases report highlighting sustainability and livelihoods achievements from 2004 to present
Santo Domingo, dominican Republic and Washington DC, October 16, 2013

Marking the close of its first formal season and now working alongside over 41,900 farmers, GrowCocoa, the independently operated joint venture representing the sustainability interests of Blommer Chocolate Company and Olam International, today released its first report outlining accomplishments in Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia.

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Blommer Chocolate Company becomes industry leader with new palm oil commitment
Chicago, August 24, 2013

Blommer Chocolate Company Is Industry’s First to Offer 100% RSPO-Certified Mass Balance Products in the U.S.; Announces New Initiative in South America

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Blommer Chocolate Company and Olam International form ‘GrowCocoa’, a joint venture to develop a long-standing sustainability partnership.
Chicago and Singapore, June 18, 2012

Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America and Olam International Limited, a global integrated supply chain manager of agricultural products and food ingredients, today announced the formation of a first-of-its kind joint venture on a 50:50 basis.

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Blommer Chocolate Company to be Honored for Global Sustainability Efforts
Rainforest Alliance recognizes Blommer Chocolate’s 50 years-plus as sustainability pioneer
New York, NY, May 15, 2012

The Rainforest Alliance announced plans to honor Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, as a 2012 recipient of the organization’s coveted “Sustainable Standard-Setter” award on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, during its 25th annual gala dinner and awards ceremony in New York City.

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Sustainability Programs Drives ‘Good’ Investment to Meet Rising Global Food Demand
Chicago, IL, May 9, 2012

Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, today announced its plans to invest an incremental $45 million in cocoa sustainability efforts by 2020 as a part of its Sustainable Origins program. Driven by an effort to meet rising consumer demand...

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Blommer Chocolate Achieves Goal of 40,000 Cocoa Farmers in Its Sustainable Sourcing Program
Chicago, IL, June 20, 2011

Blommer Chocolate, North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans andingredient chocolate products, today announced it has reached a key corporate social responsibility goal with sourcing sustainable cocoa. Over 40,000 cocoa farmers are involved in Blommer’s sustainability program...

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Blommer Chocolate to Triple Capacity at Campbellford, Ontario Plant
Cambpellford, ON, June 2, 2011

Blommer Chocolate, North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans and ingredient chocolate products, today announced it is expanding its Campbellford, Ontario plant and tripling capacity to meet demand from several large, long-term supply agreements...

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Largest Cocoa Shipment from Africa’s Ivory Coast Destined for Blommer Chocolate
East Greenville, Pa., February 10, 2011

Blommer Chocolate, North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans and ingredient chocolate products, today announced the single, largest cocoa bean shipment from West Africa is destined for their facility. The vessel, the Atlantic Tramp, carried 18,400 metric tons of cocoa, most of which is sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa and Blommer Project Cocoa...

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Blommer Chocolate Wins Award for Excellence at Canadian Specialty Coatings Plant
Cambpellford, ON, September 7, 2010

Blommer Chocolate, North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans and ingredient chocolate products, today announced its Canadian branch has been awarded the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) Award of Excellence at the association’s national manufacturing conference....

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Blommer Chocolate Announces Cocoa Sustainability Partnership Supporting Ivory Coast Farmers
East Greenville, Pa., May 19, 2010

Blommer Chocolate, North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans and ingredient chocolate products, today announced a new $3 million cocoa sustainability partnership supporting farmers in Ivory Coast, West Africa...

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