Cocoa – Compost Based Fertilizer
Building Healthy Soil for the Future
About the Company:
Cocoa recognizes that chemical fertilizers, fungicides and herbicides are essential to producing enough food, fiber and energy for our growing population. They also recognize that landfills are necessary to safely and efficiently handle our waste to keep America clean and beautiful. Unfortunately, both fertilizers and landfills come with a heavy environmental cost in terms of nutrient runoff water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well as squandering some of our natural resources. More importantly, chemical fertilizers deplete the quality of our soil and do not adequately protect crops from climate change.
By taking a systems approach to solving the problems of organic waste management and chemical fertilizer pollution, Cocoa seamlessly integrated organic waste recycling with agriculture, manufacturing and environmental protection while strengthening crops against extreme weather conditions, drought, and poor soil conditions. They believe that crops produced using the Cocoa Compost System, combined with lower chemical applications, are safer and more productive for people and our planet.
Cocoa Corporation is a leader in manufacturing high quality, humus compost. For organic waste producers, including municipalities, packaged goods manufacturers and farms, Cocoa provides a sustainable way to dispose of waste. Using trade secrets and proprietary methods, in ten weeks Cocoa converts the waste into compost through an odorless process in compliance with state and local guidelines. Cocoa sells the premium compost product to conventional farmers and landscapers to increase harvest yields, reduce costs and build healthy soil. By building healthy soil, Cocoa’s compost has a material positive impact on climate change, including sequestering carbons, reducing greenhouse gases, and preventing waterway runoff. Cocoa’s motto is “Better Earth. Better Yields.” Founded in 2011, the company is based in Holland, Michigan.
About the Solution:
Cocoa's composting process transforms organic waste materials including dairy, swine, poultry and horse manure as well as agricultural residuals like hay, silage, straw, and used bedding into high-quality Cocoa Compost Fertilizers, that are enriched to optimize soil performance and maximize crop yields.
The Cocoa Process provides rigorous quality control procedures to ensure uniform, pathogen free Cocoa Compost products.
Cocoa's operation combines a state-of-the-art facility with best management practices to control plant runoff, spillage, leaks and odors.
Cocoa Compost Fertilizer products are independently tested and certified for biological, physical and chemical properties to assure crop safety, environmental protection, and public health.
Cocoa Compost Fertilizer products can be applied almost any time of the year and are easily integrated into nutrient management (NMP) and pest management (IPM) programs.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
Additives generally fall into two categories, feed additives and manure additives.
Feed additives are generally used to:
Manure additives are generally used to:
- Requires manure fiber moisture content <80%
- Volume reduction of 30 to 50% typical
- Produces a stable, odor free product with market value
- Requires significant space and time to create highest product value
- Different technologies and approaches result in a wide range of compost characteristics
On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Global Technology Symposium (GTS) named Cocoa Corporation the winner of the 2017 Global Innovator Competition (GIC). Cocoa’s innovative vision, as well as its unique business model, prevailed with the judges as the “most disruptive” startup among nearly 100 companies from around the world.
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