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Cargill Partners With AeroFarms to Bolster Cocoa Production; Niels Boetje and David Rosenberg Discuss

Cargill Partners With AeroFarms to Bolster Cocoa Production; Niels Boetje and David Rosenberg Discuss


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Friday, August 13th, 2021

Sustainability is an important component of many companies’ business strategies, especially for Cargill. As part of its ongoing efforts under its sustainability focus, Cargill entered a multi-year research agreement with vertical farming partner AeroFarms. With hopes to build a more resilient and sustainable cocoa sector, this new partnership is aimed at improving cocoa bean yields and developing more climate-resilient farming practices.

Niels Boetje, Managing Director, Cargill Cocoa Europe“Environmental challenges and growing demand for cocoa products are placing increased pressure on the global cocoa supply chain,” said Niels Boetje, Managing Director Cargill Cocoa Europe. “Through partnerships with research institutes, universities, and innovative companies like AeroFarms, we are collaborating across sectors in bold experiments to bring greater productivity and resiliency to traditional cocoa farming operations. We look forward to sharing our findings with the farmer cooperatives in our cocoa supply chain to help ensure a thriving cocoa sector for generations to come.”

According to the press release, this latest research collaboration brings together AeroFarms’ expertise in controlled environment agriculture, with Cargill’s extensive knowledge of cocoa agronomy and production practices.

David Rosenberg, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AeroFarms“AeroFarms shares a similar vision as Cargill to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way,” said David Rosenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of AeroFarms. “We have grown over 550 different crops, and we are excited to be working on another project with them, this time focused on cocoa. At AeroFarms we think of our proprietary technology as a platform to optimize plant biology, genetics, mechanical systems, operational systems, environmental systems and digital controls, data capture, and analytics. Genetics and speed breeding is one of the verticals where we focus. Applying our platform to optimize cocoa growing is one way that AeroFarms can have a broader positive impact on the world.”

Together, the two organizations will experiment with different indoor growing technologies including aeroponics and hydroponics, light, carbon dioxide, irrigation, nutrition, plant space, and pruning to identify the optimal conditions for cocoa tree growth.

Cargill recently entered a multi-year research agreement with vertical farming partner AeroFarms with hopes to build a more resilient and sustainable cocoa sector

These findings will yield new insights, noted the release, targeting factors such as faster tree growth and greater yields, accelerated development of varieties with enhanced pest and disease resistance, and unlocking the cocoa bean’s full flavor and color potential. In addition, these outcomes will help secure the future supply of cocoa beans in the face of climate change.

Initial exploratory work has already begun at AeroFarms global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, and will soon expand to the company’s state-of-the-art AeroFarms AgX Research & Development indoor vertical farm in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which is slated to open in early 2022.

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