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Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Special Edition: Beyond 2020 - the future of sustainable cocoa

Technological black hole to mechanize smallholder cocoa sector

The cocoa industry must intensify production on existing farmland, but technology to do so is limited or out of reach of impoverished farmers.

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Caja Roja chocolates ‘sweet’ choice at Hispack 2015 Líderpack Awards

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Nestlé Caja Roja chocolates picked up awards in the Food Packaging category of The Liderpack Awards at Hispack 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, last week (April 21-24).

Special Edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Chop, chop: Cocoa dependents must finance farm training before more forests are axed

The chocolate industry must ramp up support for good agricultural practices on existing cocoa farmland or else rainforest will be chopped down to make way for new plantations and it...

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Hot chocolate: How will industry protect its key commodity from climate change?

Rising temperatures could seriously change where cocoa is grown in the next half-century and global output could be threatened if the chocolate industry does nothing to protect its key crop.

Ethical foods make consumers feel morally superior - and food taste better

The feeling of moral satisfaction that consumers get from eating ethical food change their taste experience for the better - and means they are willing to pay more, according to...

Roshen to close Mariupol plant as pro-Russian rebels threaten city take over

Roshen plans to close its confectionery plant in Mariupol, where production has been suspended since February 2014, as pro-Russian rebels threaten to seize the city.

Nestlé files all-natural heat resistant chocolate patent

Nestlé has filed a patent for heat-resistant chocolate made by adding fibre from sources such as wheat or citrus fruits.

Dispatches from Asia Choco Cocoa Congress in Singapore

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place....

To the dark side: Cocoa polyphenol craze prompts dark chocolate shift in Japan, says Meiji

Japanese consumers are eating more dark chocolate at the expense of milk varieties as interest grows in cocoa polyphenols, says leading domestic chocolatier Meiji.

Europe and North America cocoa grinds slump in Q1

Cocoa processing has dropped in North America and Europe in the first quarter of 2015, but a futures analyst says chocolate demand remains steady.

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Asia Choco Cocoa Congress 2015: Sourcing cocoa for Asia’s choc boom

Multinationals chocolate companies and the public and private sector will come together this week to assess the future of cocoa sustainability in Asia and how to capitalize on rising chocolate...

Major retailers misjudged last-minute Easter egg demand, says IRI

UK supermarkets ran out of Easter egg stocks just ahead of the holiday, a misjudgement that cost about £5.2m ($7.7m) in sales, says IRI.

Nestlé USA closes its Puerto Rico distribution center

Nestlé USA shifts its Puerto Rico shipments to a third US facility

Nestlé USA will shift a majority of its US to Puerto Rico shipments from the Port of New York and New Jersey to JAXPORT (Jacksonville Port Authority) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food

Investing in 3D printing could open new markets and generate huge cost savings for food manufacturers and retailers, but first companies must overcome potential regulatory and legal hurdles, many of...

Beer flavoured chocolate on its way, says Mintel

Latest innovations in the global chocolate market include beer and yogurt flavoured products and non-traditional flavours and textures, according to a new report by Mintel.

Hotel Chocolat withdraws products on allergen fears

Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product...

Machu Picchu Foods scoops Peruvian rival to enter the wafer cone market

Machu Picchu Foods (MPF), a Peruvian cocoa processor/exporter and chocolate manufacturer, recently expanded its product portfolio with ice cream wafer cones following the purchase of wafer company Montecorvino from Callao. ...

Brazil considers raising minimum cocoa content to 35%, in line with US standards

What exactly is chocolate? Stricter definition of chocolate debated in Brazilian Senate

Authorities in Brazil are planning to ramp up the quality of chocolate products sold in the country, which could result in greater demand for cocoa beans and higher prices for...

Easter baskets 2015: Innovations from the top confectioners

R&D teams at Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Mondelēz have developed a series of new products to capitalize on Easter, the second largest season for US confectionery sales.

Directly source fine flavor cocoa to expand premium chocolate segment, says Duffy’s

Chocolate companies should buy fine flavor cocoa directly from growers and pay greater premiums to expand the premium chocolate segment, says artisan firm Duffy’s Chocolate.

Sweet succession: Nestlé engineer follows on in her grandfather’s footsteps

Lucy McGeorge is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Ronald (Ronnie) McCrindle as an engineering apprentice in electrical, maintenance and repair at Nestlé, Girvan in Scotland, a chocolate crumb...

News in brief

Hershey CEO Bilbrey succeeds Nevels as company chairman

Hershey has appointed its CEO John P. Bilbrey as chairman to succeed incumbent James E. Nevels.

Ending unlawful child labor in cocoa: Nestlé approach can be the model, says ICI

Nestlé has implemented a child labor prevention system that goes further to detect and stamp out the practice than existing methods, according to its implementing partner the International Cocoa Initiative...

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