Puratos Loan (IFC-41992)

  • Ivory Coast
  • Mexico
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Aug 24, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 112.39 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported EUR 100 million
Converted using 2020-06-26 exchange rate.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Apr 26, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Jun 23, 2020

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Project Description
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The proposed investment consists in a corporate facility of up to EUR 100 million to Puratos Group N.V. (“Puratos” or the “Company”) to finance the sustainable procurement of wet-dry cocoa beans under its Cacao-Trace program (Puratos’ proprietary sustainable sourcing program) in origins in Central and South America, Africa and Asia for the period of 2020-2025 and CAPEX for the construction of cocoa post-harvest centers and grinding lines, where and when necessary. Puratos is an international group dedicated to developing, producing and delivering innovative ingredients and semi-finished products for artisans, industry, retailers and food service customers in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. Headquarter in Belgium Puratos has local subsidiaries in 78 countries; products are manufactured in more than 63 plants spread over 46 countries and sold in over 100 countries.

People Affected By This Project
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The project impacts will be centered on smallholder farmers supplying Puratos (Belcolade) under its sustainable cocoa sourcing program Cacao-Trace. Cocoa farmers will benefit from a reliable access to the market and increased income (including quality premiums and bonuses), through the implementation of a more sustainable and environmentally beneficial harvesting model leading to improved yields and the production of premium quality cocoa. The project is expected to generate more extensive market impacts by influencing the way similar companies addresses cocoa sustainability issues.

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Puratos NV/SA 
Jean-Philippe Michaux 
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Group Director of Finance, ICT and Legal Affairs 
+32 2 481 48 88 
Industrialan 25, Zone Maalbeek B-1702 Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium 


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