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Europe set for bittersweet summer as sugar supply crisis looms: CIUS

A sugar supply crisis in Europe is almost certain this summer unless the EU acts now to prevent one, the Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has warned.

The silent majority: Chocolate players outside top six getting a ‘free ride’ on cocoa sustainability?

Chocolate companies outside the top six need to up their games on sustainable cocoa to help bring millions of cocoa farmers in West Africa out of poverty and secure the...

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Mars and Mondelēz to speak at Cocoa Revolution in Vietnam

Mondelēz International‘s cocoa sourcing manager for Asia and Mars’ Vietnam cocoa manager are among the speakers at the 2nd annual Cocoa Revolution conference.

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production...

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Chocoa 2016: Emerging origins, poverty alleviation & future techs

Commercial cocoa plantations poised to double share of global cocoa output while fine flavor cocoa nations rally behind a commodity described as the 'poverty crop'. Discover our key takeaways from...

No love for Valentine's chocolates on big retailers' online stores, says Clavis Insight

A study by Clavis Insight suggests major retailers in the US and UK are missing on an important sales opportunity to drive Valentine’s chocolate purchases online.

Open letter feud: ICCO and cocoa producer group at odds on farmer inclusivity

The International CoCoa Farmers Organization has called for greater farmer involvement in cocoa sustainability efforts and plans to host a conference alongside the International Cocoa Organization’s top event after its...

'Eye-catching': Morinaga revamps Hi-Chew packs to advance US business

Morinaga America (MA) has redesigned packs for its entire Hi-Chew candy line as it looks to grow US company sales 400% in the next five years.

Ferrara Candy partners Trolli with NBA’s James Harden and his beard

The Illinois-based candy company, Ferrara, names NBA star James Harden the first brand ambassador for its sour gummy line, Trolli, launching Weirdly Awesome campaign across its social media channels.

Cocoa processing rises 2% in Europe for 2015, finds ECA

Europe’s cocoa grind climbed 6% in the fourth quarter and 2% for the full year 2015, according to figures from the European Cocoa Association.

Nestlé bid to throw out cocoa child labor lawsuit in US Supreme Court rejected

A civil lawsuit accusing Nestlé, Cargill and ADM of aiding and abetting child slavery on Ivorian cocoa farms has again thwarted attempts to have the case thrown.

Colombian chocolate couverture coming to Europe through Swiss trade deal

Colombian cocoa processor Cacao Pacifico will sell chocolate couvertures made with fine flavor Colombian cocoa in Europe through a partnership with Swiss Global Enterprise.

RSPO to publish members’ plantation maps in wake of Indonesia’s forest fires

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will publish maps of all its members’ palm oil plantations – with the exception of Malaysia – in the hope closer monitoring will...

‘Devastating’ impact of climate change on cocoa can’t be ignored, says Rainforest Alliance

The chocolate industry must embrace climate-smart agriculture to mitigate the shattering effects of rising temperatures on millions of cocoa farmers in the developing world, says Rainforest Alliance.

‘The model works’: Cocoa child labor numbers will drop if commitments honored, says ICI

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) says it will not alter its approach to tackling cocoa child labor after a sharp rise in the worst forms of child labor, and is...

Green credentials, a transparent supply chain & climate change-proof profits? WeFarm promises 3-in-1

How can companies tighten their global supply chains, future-proof profits against climate change and boost their sustainable credentials for consumers in one go? Information-sharing platform WeFarm promises to do just...

Mondelēz presses biscuit industry to limit enviromental impact of wheat sourcing

Mondelēz International is encouraging biscuit makers and other wheat users to follow its approach to sustainable wheat by sourcing closer to factories and limiting pesticide and water use.

News in brief

Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa in the UK & Ireland – around a quarter of global supplies covered

Nestlé claims it has become the first major confectioner in the UK & Ireland to source all its cocoa sustainably.

Cocoa ‘a sad story’: Farmers need insurance as human cost of industry overlooked, says Cacao for Change

Cocoa farmers operate in a chocolate supply chain that perpetuates poverty and bear the bulk of the risk, claims Cacao for Change as it proposes an alternative model.

Wake up and smell the coffee: Cocoa and chocolate industry can learn from coffee grading system

Chocolate makers can draw on coffee industry grading standards to develop a common quality system for cocoa, says Lutheran World Relief’s manager of coffee and cocoa.

Discovery

Unraveling the cocoa code: Barry Callebaut discovers undetected polyphenols as it develops ‘cocoa atlas’

Barry Callebaut has found previously undiscovered cocoa polyphenols as it works with Bremen-based Jacobs University to crack the commodity’s molecular code.

Palm oil producer launches peatland protection project in Indonesia

A palm oil producer’s pledge to rehabilitate peatland in Indonesia will provide momentum for industry-wide change, it says.

World Cocoa Foundation names interim president

Industry-backed cocoa sustainability organization the World Cocoa Foundation has appointed an interim president ahead of incumbent Bill Guyton’s planned departure.

UK makes sustainable palm oil strides – but will it make its 100% certified target by 2015?

UK palm oil imports were 72% sustainable in 2014 – up from 55% in 2013, according to an annual progress report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Interview: Mondelēz Cocoa Life chief

Cocoa 'businessmen': Mondelēz aims to create enterprising farmers with Barry Callebaut tie-up

Mondelēz International has scaled up its cocoa sustainability program through a partnership with its major supplier Barry Callebaut and has set a long-term goal of professionalizing the cocoa sector.

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