Our Story

Founded by two brothers Schoemaker in 1923

Back in the days the brothers Jan en Piet Schoemaker started trading in seeds, cereals, and leguminous vegetables at the Amsterdam stock exchange. They soon discovered a niche market for unconventional cocoa raw materials and developed specialized production techniques for extraction of fat. Schoemaker used mechanical and solvent extraction techniques for the extraction of cocoa fat since 1925 and began refining cocoa fat for the production of refined deodorized cocoa butter in 1958. Since the early days, we have been widely known as a leading producer of high quality products and we take pride in our worldwide reputation for our specialised production techniques.

In the sixties and seventies, the heydays of cocoa production, Schoemaker owned a production plant in Brazil, a buying firm in Ghana and a production plant in Nigeria. Between 1984 and 1989 the company witnessed a takeover, a merger and a management buy-out, resulting in a more effective operation. This ensured Schoemakers’ ability to weather the rather disappointing years in the worldwide cocoa trade in the early nineties and re-establish itself as a strong partner in the cocoa industry.

It changed its commercial name into JS COCOA after the most recent MBO in 2017, emphasizing its increased international focus for future growth. JS COCOA moved into dark-alkalization of cocoa powder, broadened its range of cocoa butters and put much more focus and emphasis on the social responsibility role it has both in origin countries as well as in later parts of the cocoa supply chain.

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JS COCOA was founded in Zaandam in 1923 by two brothers Jan and Piet Schoemaker. In these days the brothers mostly traded at the Amsterdam stock exchange.
Our factory in Zaandam
Our factory in Zaandam, the Netherlands, is known worldwide for its highly specialised production processes with which we produce high quality deodorized and refined cocoa butters.

Through our fully-owned company in Ghana, Resigha Ltd., JS COCOA contributes actively to community development in Africa in the form of education, micro-finance, equal employment opportunities, and women empowerment.