Touton has been a major player in global cocoa trade for decades. In addition to sourcing cocoa beans and cocoa derivatives, Touton now also processes cocoa liquour in Ghana. The cornerstone of the company’s cocoa business is our strong footing in the countries where the ingredients are grown, which allows us to maintain control over the supply of products from origin right up to delivery to customers around the world.
The cornerstone of Touton’s cocoa supply chain is the company’s presence in the countries where we source our products, which gives us strict control very early on in the process over the quality of merchandise destined for the cocoa market or for export.
Over the years, Touton has invested in facilities for the collection and export of cocoa in Africa’s top cocoa producing countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Maintaining direct control over cocoa production sites allows TOUTON to guarantee the quality of cocoa it exports.
In 2015 Touton initiated its industrial development with the acquisition of a cocoa liquor factory in Tema, near Accra. The Group has also signed a tolling agreement for cocoa butter, cake and powder with CPC factory, also based in Tema. Through its historical purchases of cocoa beans, its investments and the presence of an experienced team on its production sites, the Group offers its customers a steady supply of quality products.
The capacity of CTPC has been increased to 32 000 tons of beans through investments on new equipment. The site is certified FSSC 22 000, UTZ, Kosher and Halal.
Through local bean-supply agreements and its own sustainable sourcing activities, Touton ensures traceability all along the supply chain from the originating farm to the delivery of the liquor to the customers all over the world.
CTPC offers different mass organoleptic profiles with customized roasting recipes to meet customers’ specific needs.Mass that is destined for European customers is melted in Northern Europe and delivered by tanker to the chocolate factories.
The CPC factory currently has the capacity to press 25 000 tons of beans into natural cocoa butter.
On demand, Touton can organize the melting and deodorization of this butter in Europe and thus ensure liquid delivery.
The 10/12 natural cakes produced at CPC can be ground for the production of 10/12 natural powder.
The company’s first sustainability programmes date back to the end of the 1990’s when the group started working on projects to increase cocoa farmers’ livelihoods around its own SAO (Société Agricole de l’Ouest) plantation in Côte d’Ivoire.
Touton’s cocoa beans are now traceable all along the supply chain, from the origin to the consumer allowing segregation of conventional and certified beans as well as better monitoring and understanding of the communities of farmers we work with.