MINNEAPOLIS – Cargill and AeroFarms, a vertical farming company, have entered into a multi-year research agreement that aims to improve cocoa bean yields and develop more climate-resilient farming practices. The companies also will seek ways to improve the cocoa bean’s flavor and color potential. The collaboration brings together AeroFarms’ experience in controlled environment agriculture with Minneapolis-based Cargill’s knowledge of cocoa agronomy and production practices.

“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…

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