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.
Relive highlights from the World Cocoa Conference 2014 in Amsterdam and discover what chocolate companies, NGOs, cocoa farmers, traders and analysts are saying about cocoa sustainability.
Exploring the mechanisms controlling acetate formation during cocoa fermentation may help identify the best starter cultures to optimize flavor attributes, according to a team of scientists supported by Nestlé.
The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a cocoa surplus for the current crop year, but said the market would return to a small deficit next year.
Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.
Manufacturers can increase the price of chocolate without fear of putting off consumers thus ensuring cocoa farmers are fairly paid, according to executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).
ConfectioneryNews will be bringing you the latest on cocoa sustainability from the World Cocoa Conference 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this week.
Certifiers UTZ says a redraft of its code of conduct focuses on ‘prevention’ and monitoring of child labor on farms as well as including new measures around climate change.
Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.
Sustainable palm oil trader GreenPalm will use this year’s European Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Summit as a platform to urge key players in the EU palm oil industry...
Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.
The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year.
UTZ Certified has begun a three-year initiative to develop a certified sustainable hazelnut supply in Turkey, which accounts for 70% of global production.
The amount of cocoa processed in Europe has remained flat in the first quarter of 2014 following three quarters of growth, according to the European Cocoa Association.
European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on the European Commission to implement temporary market measures should sugar end stocks fall below a certain threshold amid uncertainly in the EU sugar...
The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has hit out at claims from the American Sugar Alliance that the confectionery industry is dominated by big players and is crying poor about...
Chocolate makers may struggle to guarantee their entire cocoa supply comes from a sustainable source by 2020 targets, according to auditing service Intertek.
A new website has been launched to supply breaking news for the global animal feed industry – a sector that was valued at $500 billion last year.
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Italian confectioner Ferrero has agreed to purchase 20,000 MT of certified cocoa over 3 years under Fairtrade International’s new Cocoa Program.
NGO STOP THE TRAFFIK has accused Mondelēz International of lagging behind its rivals by attempting to self-regulate child trafficking in the cocoa sector.
The Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on EU member states and the Commission to take adequate measures to avoid sugar shortages and guarantee a sufficient stock level...
Chocolate makers are well prepared for current cocoa deficit forecasts and will only be forced to raise prices if other inputs such transportation become costlier along with cocoa, according to...
The chocolate industry should embrace certification to improve the livelihoods of farmers or risk losing a generation of cocoa growers, according to the head of a Fairtrade cocoa cooperative in...
Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International.
Italian confectioner Ferrero has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian government to support hazelnut growing in the country.