Mars Firmly Refutes Accusations of Avoiding Paying Cocoa Premiums Destined for Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana

Mars Wrigley has not changed its cocoa buying practices to avoid payment of Living Income Differential (LID). We categorically reject any allegation implying that we have. The recent cocoa butter we purchased is a regular, repeat purchase consistent with Mars suppliers and origins used for the past three years. 

We were the first chocolate company to publicly support the LID, and are disappointed that others in the industry have recently chosen different purchasing routes. For cocoa farmers to thrive, all chocolate manufacturers and suppliers should be following our lead by supporting the LID, investing in sustainability programs to protect children and forests and purchasing responsible and sustainable cocoa.