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Cocoa and sugar are commodities right and the heart of the confectionery industry. This section follows the volatile supply and demand situation and price fluctuations for commodities such as cocoa, sugar and palm oil and how these commodities can be sourced sustainably. 

Mars bar goes Fairtrade in UK under new sourcing program

Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.

Mondelēz and Cargill join forces on sustainable cocoa

Cargill has formed a partnership to support Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program.

Origins

After the Earthquake: Haitian cocoa rep rises on high-end chocolate scene

International chocolatiers are showing increased interest in Haitian cocoa, providing rural Haitians a livelihood in cocoa farming after the country’s 2010 Earthquake, says a Federation of farming cooperatives.

Cocoa Life program update

Mondelēz: Deadlines on sustainable cocoa are not realistic

Mondelēz International plans to eventually source its entire cocoa supply from its Cocoa Life sustainability program, but says setting deadlines won't lead to meaningful impact on the ground.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

Dispatches from ISM 2015 in Cologne

‘We are going to be naked’: Cémoi to source 100% traceable cocoa

Cémoi plans to trace its entire cocoa supply through a third party verified project it calls Transparence.

What's in CME Group's new cocoa futures contract for processors?

Cocoa processors now have access to a futures contract that specifies the quality and physical delivery of cocoa in the same conventions as are used in the underlying cocoa market...

Cocoa futures denominated in euros provides ease of access, says CME Group

CME Group has launched the first euro-denominated cocoa futures contract, which it claims provides improved hedging mechanisms that better reflect the physical cocoa market.

‘Dramatic decline’ in Asia cocoa grind as emerging markets slow

Asia’s cocoa grind dropped 17.2% in the fourth quarter after an economic slowdown in China, adding another cocoa processing decline to the world jigsaw.

Olam pays $3m to settle unlawful cocoa trading case

The world’s third largest cocoa processor Olam has agreed to pay a fine of $3m for alleged mistrading of cocoa futures but has refused to admit wrongdoing.

Q4 cocoa grind analysis

Recoiling at chocolate price hikes? Cocoa grind slumps in developed markets

Weak fourth quarter cocoa grinds in developed markets suggest that consumers have reacted negatively to wholesale chocolate price hikes from the major brands, according to an analyst.

New World of cocoa: Artisan chocolatiers marvel at origin Nicaragua

Artisan chocolate makers are welcoming Nicaragua as a rare and blossoming cocoa origin, according to supplier Ingemann.

Brands lead on sustainable cocoa goals, Cargill and Barry Callebaut suggest

The leading cocoa processors say they will support brand manufacturers to achieve fully sustainable cocoa, but decline to publicly set their own targets.

Comment

Something’s rotten in the state of cocoa…On the supply side

Ingredients suppliers should set targets to achieve fully sustainable cocoa or risk perpetuating labor abuses in West Africa.

Rabobank: Lower sugar prices set to continue in 2015

Global sugar prices are likely to remain low in 2015 as production looks set to continue at a similar level, according to Rabobank’s Q4 sugar report.

Sugar row hits Real Good Food Company

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has blamed its row with British Sugar for its half-year loss and has referred the dispute to the European competition authorities.

Exclusive interview

Clock won't stop for cocoa sustainability in 2020, says Barry Callebaut

The cocoa and chocolate industry must continue working towards a sustainable cocoa economy and better livelihoods for cocoa farmers after 2020, says Barry Callebaut’s VP of Cocoa Sustainability.

FDF guide aims to boost sustainable palm oil use

The UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published a guide to help food companies switch to sustainably sourced palm oil.

‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under...

Food Empowerment Project urges transparency on child slavery

West Africa boycott needed for slave-free chocolate, says consumer group

The Food Empowerment Project has called on US chocolate makers to list cocoa country of origin on pack so consumers can avoid brands that use cocoa from West Africa, where...

Cash injection to boost cocoa processing in Africa

 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has provided $350m to support cocoa processing in the four major producing countries in Africa.

United Cacao plots world’s largest cocoa plantation

United Cacao has listed on the London Stock Exchange to set up the world’s largest commercial cocoa plantation in Peru and promises fermentation to buyers’ standards.

ICCO extends cocoa surplus for 2013/14

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a larger surplus for the cocoa year just past and has noted an increase in origin grindings.

Chocolate shortage ‘overstated in the extreme’, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization has quelled media reports of a chocolate crisis in 2020 and says there are sufficient cocoa stocks for the next five years.

Peru to become top 10 cocoa exporter, says USDA

Cocoa production in Peru is set to rise 5% in calendar year 2014 and increases in planting will see the country become a key cocoa exporter in the coming years,...

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