Coberine Shea (Karibon)

A breakthrough premium CBE solution

First 100% shea-based premium cocoa butter equivalent (CBE)

Coberine Shea is a patent-pending 100% shea-based premium Cocoa Butter Equivalent (CBE) that has all the processing benefits and versatility of leading CBEs in the market combined with the nutritional and sustainability benefits of shea. As processors of shea for over 50 years in the West African region, Bunge is uniquely positioned to unlock the full value of shea through a solution that combines nutritional value, sustainability, a great sensory experience, and a robust supply chain.

Improved nutritional value

Oils and fats play an instrumental role in retaining the consumer's taste experience. Being 100% shea based, Coberine Shea improves the nutritional value of a product as it is more abundant in stearic acid and has lower levels of saturated fats compared to cocoa butter and other more commonly used CBEs.

Coberine Shea can be used in the final recipe to partly replace or complement cocoa butter while maintaining the performance and sensory perception in the final product application.

Exceeding the standard

Coberine Shea is everything food manufacturers are looking for in a premium CBE while delivering consumers’ favorite indulgences. Our experienced lipid experts are ready to co-create products for your brand that are both economically viable and deliver premium quality.

  • 100% shea-based
  • Lower levels of
    saturated fats (SAFA)
  • Improved bloom stability
  • Better heat stability (CBI)
  • Strong compatibility
    with cocoa butter
  • Fast crystallization
  • Great taste experience
  • Plant-based and


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Karibon Benefits

Building a sustainable shea supply chain

For over 50 years, Bunge has played a leading role in building a sustainable shea supply chain. The commissioning of our first local shea processing plant in Ghana in 2019 is an important step in this journey. We believe that the key to building a better tomorrow for shea communities is by being deeply invested in their growth and prosperity. Our Shea Sustainability Inititiative is set up with the objective to:

  • Empower shea collecting women
  • Create local socio-economic value
  • Conserve and protect the shea landscape

Read more about our sustainable shea initiatives here.

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