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Brazilian UTZ cocoa to satisfy industry commitments in S America, says Cargill

Cargill has become the first to supply UTZ Certfied Cocoa from Brazil to help manufacturers realize sustainability commitments in the South American market.

North American cocoa grind up 11.77%

Cocoa grinds in North America have risen rapidly in the second quarter (Q2) but the market may be making up for lost ground, according to an analyst.

Asian cocoa grind defies slowing Chinese economy

The Asian cocoa grind has registered a shock 2% increase in Q2 in the face of economic slowdown in China, the region’s growth driver.

Hershey hopes to double Nigerian cocoa yields

Hershey has launched an initiative to double the cocoa output in Nigeria, which is forecast to register a 20% decline this crop year due to adverse weather and diseases.

European cocoa grind makes recovery

Cocoa grinds in Europe have returned to growth after six consecutive quarters of decline.

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Hershey aims to quadruple Mexican cocoa yields

Hershey has held a summit in Mexico to consult key stakeholders on how domestic cocoa yields can be quadrupled in ten years.

Tate & Lyle Sugars slams Guardian over Cambodian sugar sourcing allegations

ASR Group-owned Tate & Lyle Sugars is considering legal action against The Guardian newspaper over a story published this week accusing the sugar giant of working with a Cambodian supplier that employed...

Barry Callebaut opens Côte d'Ivoire center to teach sustainable cocoa practices

Barry Callebaut has opened its first Cocoa Center of Excellence to teach best practices for sustainable cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire, the world’s number one cocoa-producing country.

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Cocoa market awaits impact of ADM Cocoa sale

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is in discussions to sell its cocoa processing operations. We find out how potential industry consolidation could affect the cocoa supply.

EU releases fourth tranche of out-of-quota sugar

The European Commission has released a fourth round of out-of-quota sugar for the current marketing year at reduced levies in a bid to boost EU supplies as prices soar above...

Third party certification only way to combat cocoa child labor, says campaign group

Corporate sustainability programs do not go far enough to stamp out child labor on cocoa farms - only third party certification will do, says a new campaign.

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Mars cocoa genome research no Monsanto GM moment

Mars' cocoa genome research has the potential to avert a cocoa crisis and could benefit farmers in the developing world – it is no GM scandal.

Cocoa sustainability drive gains $3m industry commitment

The chocolate and cocoa industry has pledged $3m in new funds to global cocoa sustainability as major firms including Mondelez, Hershey and Cargill talk about their new initiatives.

Cocoa genetics: Mars unlocks sequence to higher yields and tastier chocolate

Mars has discovered the genetic sequence to breed higher yielding, disease tolerant cacao trees that could lead to better tasting chocolate.

Rabobank forecasts consecutive cocoa deficit for 2013/14.

Rabobank is anticipating that cocoa prices will rise higher than previously expected ahead of a consecutive supply and demand deficit in 2013/14.

NCA president: Sugar reform necessary to preserve US candy industry

Lawrence T. Graham, president of the National Confectioners Association (NCA) said sugar industry reform is needed to keep the American confectionery industry competitive.

Using certified sustainable palm oil no longer good enough, says WWF

Using palm oil certified as sustainable under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is no longer enough to ensure companies are acting responsibly, claims the WWF following the adoption...

UTZ Certified cocoa volumes double after industry commitments

Sale volumes of UTZ certified cocoa have grown exponentially in the past year driven by commitments by major players such as Mars, Hershey and Ferrero to source 100% sustainable cocoa.

Cocoa processing migrating to origin, says ADM

Cocoa processing is increasingly moving to origin countries, particularly those in regions where chocolate consumption is rising such as Brazil and Indonesia, according to ADM Cocoa’s head of innovation.

Fair Trade USA: Draft policy changes no hoax

Fair Trade USA claims that draft changes to its labeling policy allowing brands with 20% certified ingredients to carry its logo are justified in composite products like chocolate because components...

Ecuadorian cocoa wins vote of ADM and Cargill R&D chiefs

On a recent site visit, ADM Cocoa and Cargill both agreed that cocoa beans from Ecuadorian origin were the best tasting for chocolate.

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Asian cocoa grind falls 10.8%

Cocoa grinds in Asia were widely expected to rise but have declined sharply by 10.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to last year.

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Mondelez and Callebaut up cocoa sustainability efforts

Mondelez International and Barry Calleabut have announced two projects within their broader commitments to cocoa sustainability.

Still growth in US chocolate as North America cocoa grind rises 6% - Mintel

The North American cocoa grind has risen 5.77% in the first of quarter (Q1) compared to last year, leading one analyst to say there is still room for growth in...

European Q1 cocoa grind lowest since 2009

Europe’s first quarter (Q1) cocoa grind slumped 3.9% on last year as the debt crisis hampered chocolate demand in struggling economies.

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