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Cocoa and sugar are commodities right at 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. 

‘Five times more’

High-yielding Peruvian farmer is model for global smallholders, says Technoserve

A project in Peru aimed at transitioning farmers from coca to cocoa can help boost yields globally with a unique pruning technique, says project facilitator Technoserve.

Origins

‘The new Nacional’: Chocolate majors urged to join Dominican Republic cocoa awakening

Chocolate makers are being pushed to join Dominican Republic’s plans to triple cocoa yields by 2027. The nation can become as valuable as Nacional, a prized cocoa variety from Ecuador,...

Sustainable cocoa sector needs long-term credit access for farmers: Rainforest Alliance

The chocolate industry should explore longer four-year financing projects for cocoa farmers if it is serious about making the cocoa sector sustainable, says certification body Rainforest Alliance (RA).

A new standard for quality palm oil?

Good palm oil harvesting and processing keeps cancer contaminants to 'insignificant levels', says industry

Palm oil that is harvested at the right moment, pressed quickly and processed at appropriate temperatures contains insignificant levels of contaminants - if any, says the Italian Union for Sustainable Palm...

IPOP disbands: A step backwards for sustainable palm oil in Indonesia?

After less than two years in existence, the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge has disbanded to the dismay of environmentalists who say its member companies were bullied by the Indonesian government...

Exclusive Interview with Mars La Chola General Manager

High tech revolution: Ecuador’s cocoa sector prepares to mechanize

Ecuador’s cocoa industry is vying to increase its efficiency by exploiting technology, but says farm sizes must increase to allow mechanization.

In-house sustainability and third party certification: Do they complement or cannibalise each other?

From Fairtrade to UTZ, Rainforest Alliance to RSPO, the number of third party certification schemes is on the rise. But alongside this proliferation of consumer–facing logos is the growing numbers...

Giant commodity carbon footprints show more action is needed

Rice, soy, corn, wheat and palm oil are the “new frontier” of climate action, said Oxfam this week, as it published new data detailing the “massive” environmental impact of the world’s major commodities....

Even doubled income for farmers won’t make cocoa sustainable: Mars

Cocoa living income may need to quadruple to secure the long term future of the crop, says Mars’ global procurement head.

Don't give children palm oil, says Italian consumer group

After finding that 12 kids' food products from Nestlé, Barilla, Ferrero and Danone contain high levels of carcinogen 3-MCPD, Italian consumer group Altroconsumo is calling on parents to stop giving products that...

World Cocoa Conference 2016: In their own words

Cocoa sector remains ‘far from’ from sustainable

Stakeholders at the World Cocoa Conference 2016 acknowledge there is a long road ahead to reach full cocoa sustainability.

Ferrero to double Fairtrade cocoa purchases

Ferrero is to double the amount of Fairtrade cocoa it purchases and will buy Fairtrade sugar for the first time as it targets 100% ‘sustainable' sugar by 2020.

New program to help cocoa farmers adapt to threat of climate change

Businesses including Barry Callebaut, Mars and Nestlé are part of a new program designed to help cocoa farmers adapt to the threat of climate change.

Dispatches from the 3rd World Cocoa Conference in Dominican Republic

‘The weakest link’: ICCO advocates for big cocoa estates in smallholder zones

Cocoa producer living income can be increased by gradually introducing large estates in traditionally smallholder areas, says the International Cocoa Organization’s executive director.

On the Move

WCF names next president; Cargill appoints new chocolate & cocoa chief

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has appointed its next full-time president, while Cargill has named a new global head of its cocoa and chocolate businesses.

Premium chocolate 'leg up': How to win fine flavor cocoa status

Chair of the International Cocoa Organization’s (ICCO) panel on fine flavor cocoa discusses why countries are seeking fine flavor status and how it can be won.

Mars La Chola buy a ‘turning point’ for Ecuadorian cocoa and CCN-51, says Hardman Agribusiness

Farm efficiency is back at heart of the industry’s sustainability push after Mars’ acquisition of Ecuadorian cocoa plantation Hacienda La Chola, according to Hardman Agribusiness.

Paying to meet ISO cocoa standard would push farmers below poverty line, warns ICCFO chief

An incoming international standard on sustainable cocoa will bring farmers ‘one big step below the poverty-line’ if it remains unchanged, argues a farmers’ group.

Decline or rise? Europe cocoa processing numbers released

Figures from grinders including Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Nestlé and Mondelēz show the volumes of cocoa processed in Europe in the first quarter of this year.

Major brands dump palm oil supplier IOI following RSPO suspension

Four of the world’s biggest food companies have moved swiftly to cease trading with Malaysian firm IOI after it fell foul of sustainable palm oil rules, but NGOs say it’s...

News in brief

Fairtrade snaps up ex-Mondelēz employee to head global cocoa ops

Fairtrade International has appointed Marina Vanin to the new role of global cocoa category director.

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WCF president: Cocoa sustainability efforts ‘not just focused on productivity’

The World Cocoa Foundation’s acting president has defended farmer inclusivity under the industry-backed CocoaAction initiative and says efforts are not limited to yield increases.

Cocoa’s future lies in Latin America, says Hardman Agribusiness

Future cocoa demand will be met by a thriving professionalized sector in Latin America as chocolate makers move away from a “structurally blighted” West African market, claims Hardman Agribusiness....

Origins

Rising dragon: Vietnam to win fine flavor cocoa status

Vietnam is to become the second Asian nation to be recognized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) as a fine flavor cocoa origin.

From ‘orphan crop’ to mechanized commodity: Professional cocoa sector to double by 2036, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) predicts cocoa coming from commercial plantations will rise from 5% of the world output today to 10% in the next 20 years.

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