Refined Deodorised Cocoa Butter & Ultra-Low Fat Cocoa Powder

June 21, 2018

New era, new name

Since 1923 Jan Schoemaker is active in cocoa processing to fulfill a modest but significant role as the circular conscience of the cocoa industry. In September 2017 the three of us, Daan Reitsma, Paul Silva da Cruz and Pieter Schulting together acquired 100% of the shares in Jan Schoemaker and became the proud new owners and new board of directors of this beautiful and unique company.


To highlight the start of a new era, we decided to introduce a new trade name and refresh our company logo accordingly. While respecting our long standing history as Jan Schoemaker (JS), the new trade name is easier to pronounce internationally, we bring forward our presence in cocoa and emphasize our legacy since 1923, of which we are proud. Also the circularity of our business model is still present in the new logo, through the overlapping circles.

Although we introduce a new trade name and change our logo, JS Cocoa will continue to be the company we are known for: we maintain long term relationships with our customers and suppliers and appreciate our partnerships, through flexibility, product consistency and customer focus.

We look forward to writing a new chapter in the long history of JS Cocoa, together with you.

January 1, 2018

MBO at Jan Schoemaker B.V. - the last 100% Dutch owned cocoa processor, since 1923

‘Unique cocoa products with a circular conscience’.


ZAANDAM January 1st 2018 - While the circular economy is a global hot topic at the moment, it’s the heritage of Jan Schoemaker BV since 1923, being the circular conscience in the cocoa industry for 94 years already. We are proud to present the 5th generation of Schoemaker’s owners, who will also be appointed to the board of Directors. Daan Reitsma -  Managing Director: “I feel fortunate to be the next generation in this great company. Special thanks go to Karel Reitsma, Henk Kaandorp and Nick Jan Cramer for strengthening and expanding the foundation of Schoemaker over the last 30 years and making it a well-known and reliable business partner in the world of cocoa. I look forward to continue this together with my partners and the entire Schoemaker team”.


Schoemaker is the last remaining 100% Dutch-owned cocoa processor of the industry, employing a dedicated and committed workforce of over 100 people in several entities in the Netherlands and Ghana. Paul Silva da Cruz - Financial Director: “I feel proud and honoured to be part of the next chapter of Schoemaker; a unique company with an exceptional production process and beautiful people. A small player filled with potential.”


Without losing focus on delivering high quality cocoa butter to the confectionery, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, which Jan Schoemaker BV is known for, the company is also in progress of expanding on the cocoa market. Pieter Schulting - Commercial Director: “Over the years Schoemaker has developed the expertise to produce high quality cocoa products like refined deodorized butter and highly defatted powder made from unconventional cocoa streams sourced around the globe. This basically makes Jan Schoemaker BV the circular conscience of the cocoa industry already since 1923. A strong foundation to further build on and develop.” 

For questions don’t hesitate to contact our new team:


Daan Reitsma – Managing Director –         +31(0)756504814


Pieter Schulting – Commercial Director – +31(0)624259293


Paul Silva da Cruz – Financial Director –        +31(0)756504807



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