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GSR COCOA MACHINERY AT CHOCOVISION: A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY OF DISCUSSION AND GROWTH

Calolziocorte, July 2018 – Born and raised in the province of Lecco, GSR Cocoa Machinery continues to travel the world not only for commercial needs, but also for the most important international events dedicated to the cocoa and chocolate industry. The last appointment on the calendar, just concluded, is Chocovision: three days of discussion and analysis held from 5 to 7 June in Davos, Switzerland, with over 200 delegates from over 25 countries.

“To the point” the motto chosen for this edition, in order to launch a strong message to the actors of the entire supply chain: to openly face the challenges and opportunities of the sector, without wasting time and adopting a collaborative approach between all the parties involved: from farmers to governments, from intermediaries to companies up to civil society. Sustainability was another of the hot topics faced during the three days. An important issue chosen so that the leading companies in the sector become aware of the challenges that the market will have to face in the nearest future, aware that the change lies in technology as well as in people.

Chocovision has certainly allowed us to network with many personalities of the sector, to create new bonds and strengthened those already existing. Opportunities like this are essential for a direct comparison between people who hold top management roles within all the major companies of the market. The event also represented an interesting chance to understand the dynamics of the sector in the next two years, a plus that will allow us to develop concrete answers to the needs of the entire supply chain“- commented Giuseppe Turla, General Manager of GSR Cocoa Machinery.

The international forum was an opportunity to highlight important issues: “Sustainability and commitment to collaborate as a whole supply chain are certainly praiseworthy and indispensable aspects, but what we must commit ourselves today is to build a detailed and precise action plan coordinated perhaps by a superpartes actor that limits the splitting, gathering under one single hat the efforts of everyone, thus giving life to a real and concrete collaboration that brings tangible and long-term benefits” – said Simona Turla – Junior Marketing Manager of GSR Cocoa Machinery.







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“As leader in a specific segment such as the pressing line, we have the duty to assume a high degree of responsibility and therefore adopt sustainable practices for the benefit of our customers”- affirmed a spokesperson from GSR Cocoa Machinery.


SECURING THE FUTURE: SOLID ACTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE THE COCOA VALUE CHAIN MORE SUSTAINABLE

Calolziocorte, May 22, 2018 – Bühler and GSR Cocoa Machinery attended, next to each other, the Fourth World Cocoa Conference, an international event that this year brought to Berlin the major players of the cocoa sector. A joint participation that proves their long-standing partnership conceived to benefit the customers of both companies, by offering them a complete product range from a single source. Sustainability has been the core topic discussed during the various debates of the WCC. A critical theme addressed along with other issues relatable to the cocoa value chain such as child labor, gender inequality as well as environmental degradation like deforestation.

“We are aware that certain inefficiencies exist along the manufacturing of cocoa and chocolate. Decision-makers of this sector should understand their critical role in making the cocoa supply chain greener. As leader in a specific segment such as the pressing line, we have the duty to assume a high degree of responsibility and therefore adopt sustainable practices for the benefit of our customers”- it has been affirmed from GSR Cocoa Machinery.

GSR is not new to these topics and, indeed, it has already put in place various efforts to address the sustainability challenges. Beginning with the analysis of the possible progress necessary to make its machinery and, in general, its action policy, more sustainable, nowadays GSR is implementing a dual strategy.

Internally, it has integrated sustainability as a company’s business value. Starting from its raw material stream, GSR is following a policy under which most of its suppliers has to be certified in environmental terms. By being a company involved in the cocoa processes, GSR has also improved its social performance, supporting various organizations operating in favor of those working in the cocoa crops; just to name some, GSR has financed the local construction of some children’s school desks thanks to the Kenyan School Project by Bill & Lynn Morris. Donation has been done also to the C.R.E.E.R Association for the construction of a center in Ivory Coast devoted to helping exploited, abused and trafficked children.

In these years, GSR has also committed itself to ensuring sustainability externally, through its products and services. Its willingness to being a supportive partner for its clients brought the company’s attention to the development of a pressing process’s control system able to give important energy insights for the benefit of its users that can, therefore, obtain detailed energy consumption, easy to interpret and control. Heating is another crucial step in the pressing process. Aware of this, GSR has properly designed safety protections, whose major benefit, among others, is to concentrate the heat around the machine, consequently reducing the thermal energy requirement. GSR has also invested in the improvement of processes and output with particular attention paid to waste reduction. In this view, consumables’ life has been extended thanks to the switch to improved materials as well as the development of better usage practices. Additionally GSR, thanks to its competence and experience, can offer repair, upgrade and revamping services, able to avoid an early scrapping of the machine. Smart solutions that contribute to waste reduction as they make sure that the old lines can be used again, adapting to the new production needs required by the clients. Lastly, by building important synergies with key industrial realities of the sector such as the partnership with Bühler, GSR has enlarged its sustainable vision. Reduce energy demands of a turnkey project means saving an important percentage of total costs, an aspect that should not be underestimated because it can greener the supply chain together with increase the margins.

“We agree that the time to act is now; the whole industry must continue its progress, implementing programs, project and policies designed to improve the efficiency of the cocoa sector. Those actions should also be transparent and accountable. This is an imperative and procrastination is no longer an option” – it has been said from GSR Cocoa Machinery at the end of the international event.