As part of the company’s commitment to promote high quality beans and sustainable cocoa production in Ghana, it is currently working with over five thousand (5,000) farmers in seven (7) cocoa districts i.e. Oda, Agona Swedru, Agona Nsaba/Nyarkrom, Breman Asikuma, Apagya, Assin Foso and Offinso for UTZ and Fair-trade certification respectively.
 Below is a  breakdown of showing various certification programmes.       

Certified Group Membership Total Certified Acreage


Total  Certified Volume (Metric Tonnes) Type of certification
Transroco sustainability programme -1 500 1,020 622 UTZ
Transroco sustainability programme -2 4,672 6,000 UTZ
Offinso fine Flavour Cooperative 710 1,628 400 Fair-trade


Quality Control
Our quality control measures starts from the following activities:

  • Harvesting only fully matured pods especially when the pod color is greenish-yellow
  • Separation of disease pods & pod breaking is done using a non- sharp edge club to prevent injury to the farmer and the beans.
  • Fermentation using fermentation boxes as well as the conventional banana leaves. Farmers reminded to observe the approved fermentation period since this has influence on the flavour and taste of end products
  • Drying, Bagging & Storage of beans in hygienic conditions and acceptable moisture levels.

Certification helps improve productivity and livelihood of farmers by earning additional income through premium and increased yield.

Premium use is determined in consultation with certificate holder, premium committee and group members at a General Assembly. At the group level, the intended use of the premium includes:

  • Managing compliance ( IMS/Group administration)
  • Farmer training/Capacity building
  • Provision of productive inputs ( fertilizers, Pesticides, equipments and planting materials)
  • Basic community services ( healthcare, water, sanitation, school and education)
  • External audit fee
  • Cash premium for group members

Traceable Beans
Transroyal and its farmers believe that irrespective of where the cocoa is bought, it should be traceable to the company, the district, the society and tracked forward to the immediate customer. The traceable beans attracts premium which also contributes to improve farmers livelihood.

Traceable Cocoa beans sold, 2016/17                                                                           Table 3

District Traceable Volume (Metric Tonnes)
Offinso 150
Assin Fosu 100
Suhum/Nkawkaw 100


To ensure traceability to the specific society, a recording system is adopted to identify each society. These are clearly and easily identifiable thus enabling traceability through to the society level.


The same coding system is used in all documentations and instructions to ensure uniformity of references and ease of use. The unit of traceability is the society.  Relevant records for traceability that should be readily accessible include the name of the society, name of the purchasing clerk, date of purchase, quantity of cocoa purchased and the purchasing history of the PC.

Transroyal has also put in place the following measures to curb mixing of certified/Traceable cocoa from the conventional cocoa.


Ø  Transroyal conduct yield estimates of all registered producers under the special programs within the District in order to have a fair understanding of the quantity of Certified/Traceable cocoa for a particular season or year coming from the district.

Ø  The district places a clear and unique visual identification on each and every bag containing Certified/Traceable cocoa.

Ø  There are separate/designated storage places for Certified/Traceable and Conventional beans both at the society and the district level.

Ø  Each society in each District is given drop marks for each cocoa bag at the society level.



Below is a sample of Transroyal district drop mark for a district in Western Region;

017 – Licensed Buying Company Identification number (Transroyal Ghana Limited)

WN- Cocoa Region Identification Number (Western North)

01- Cocoa District Identification number

20- Society Identification number

Certified Cocoa Shipping Process
Ø  Cocoa beans from the societies are moved to the district depot and this process is termed as primary evacuation.

Ø  Primary evacuation way bill is  prepared by the purchasing clerk, indicating the quantity of cocoa, date of evacuation, name of the society and the name of the Purchasing Clerk.

Ø  At the district level, the traceability officer ensures that certify/traceable beans are strictly not mixed with the conventional beans.

Ø  At the port of exportation, certify/traceable beans are taken to a designated traceable warehouse for  shipment.

Ø  During shipment, certified/traceable cocoa are loaded in bags into containers in order to prevent mixing of certified/traceable cocoa with conventional cocoa.

Organizational Structure
We ensure, there is an organised structure of competent staff with diverse expertise who coordinate and monitor the training process of our farmers.