22 February 2021
First domestic trade of sustainably sourced sugar through the VIVE Programme
The VIVE Sustainable Supply Programme, facilitator of the world’s first completely sustainable, endto-end sugar trade in June last year, has reached a further milestone this week through the completion of the first domestic trade in Thailand between two of its participants. This signifies a landmark moment for both the programme and the wider sustainability outlook in Thailand’s agricultural, food and beverage sectors, allowing collaboration between Thai businesses and supporting local farmers, communities, and the Thai economy.
VIVE participant Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation PCL (KTIS), the largest sugar mill in the world, have supplied 11,500 metric tonnes of sustainably sourced sugar directly to FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL, also affiliated with the programme through Buyers Supporting VIVE, a platform for end buyers who are committed to responsible sourcing and sustainable development.
KTIS’ Group Deputy CEO, Nathapun Siriviriyakul says; “We have been committed to the sustainable developments in the sugarcane business chain (include farming activity) in Thailand and are now proud of being an important part of this development together with Friesland Campina (Thailand) PCL under the VIVE programme. We do hope to continuously contribute to further sustainable developments in this industry not only in Thailand but also globally.”
FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies and has a strong presence across South East Asia. It is a member of Buyers Supporting VIVE because of its ambitious and progressive sustainability policies and processes, including a commitment to responsibly sourced raw agricultural products and a high level of transparency.
FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL’s Head of Global Commodities Procurement & Responsible Sourcing, Evan Somu says; “It is a milestone in our responsible sourcing journey to be able to partner with suppliers in this first of its kind effort. Our journey does not stop here, in a world of growing population we also want to continue to provide affordable nutrition produced in balance with nature, realising a better living for farmers.” Global supply chain service company Czarnikow Group, joint owner of the VIVE Programme with Intellync, has brought KTIS and FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL together to make this independent trade possible.
Benjamin French, Senior Trader at Czarnikow and also responsible for the development of the VIVE Progamme in Asia commented that “We have already seen tremendous growth in the domestic supplies of VIVE sugar in both Indonesia and Malaysia, so we are delighted to now be making a difference in Thailand. There are several food and beverage multi-nationals that have strong presence in these three markets, and like FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL, they can now unify their approach to sustainability and source sustainably verified sugar for all of their regional businesses through VIVE