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‘Simplest way’ is to pay more: Chocolate industry urged to up farm gate price to avert poverty in cocoa

A group of NGOs, including the VOICE Network, Solidaridad and Oxfam, are encouraging chocolate makers to set a minimum price for cocoa and to eventually move to a flexible premium...

Our own cocoa buying company in Ghana cuts out middlemen to benefit farmers, says Cargill

Cargill says its recently established licensed buying company (LBC) in Ghana helps cocoa farmers avoid being paid through a third party.

Equal partners: Cocoa farmer group calls to implement sustainable chocolate programs

Sustainable chocolate programs must treat cocoa farmers as equal implementing partners, says the World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO).

ECOM buys Euromar to guard against cocoa price volatility, says commodity insider

ECOM's proposed deal to acquire German cocoa grinder Euromar will help protect it from cocoa price fluctuations, says a commodities consultant.

Cocoa price for Ivorian farmers may drop 30% amid widespread poverty

Ivorian regulator Conseil Café Cacao (CCC) says it may lower guaranteed farm gate prices for cocoa in the primary growing nation. 

Interview: WCF President

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

The 12 major players in cocoa and chocolate have united with public sector partners to eradicate deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM cocoa child slavery lawsuit dismissed

A district court in California has dismissed a 12-year lawsuit accusing Nestlé, ADM and Cargill of aiding and abetting child slavery in West Africa.

Going its ‘own way’: Lindt invests $14m in sustainable cocoa in last eight years

Lindt has invested around $14m in its sustainable cocoa program since 2008 as it aims to have a fully traceable and verifiable supply by 2020.

NCA State of of the Industry Conference 2017

Premium & healthy snacks: Mars and Ferrero execs chew on 2017 US confectionery trends

Ferrero North America CEO Paul Chibe and VP of strategy and insights at Mars Matt Lloyd weigh in on 2017 confectionery trends.

Ritter rules out own cocoa label as it fast-tracks sustainability target

Ritter Sport now hopes to reach its goal to source only sustainable cocoa by 2020 rather than 2025.

Exclusive interview

Taza reduces dark chocolate bitterness through stone grinding process

Taza Chocolate has never conched its cocoa beans since it started 10 years ago in Somerville, Massachusetts, as the company believes stone grinding is the best way to reduce bitterness of...

Media’s role in cocoa sustainability

Stop the white noise: How can chocolate makers be tempted to bite into cocoa's poverty and child labor crisis?

Reporting effective approaches to tackle deep-rooted poverty and child labor in the cocoa sector should take precedence over shock headlines, writes ConfectioneryNews’ editor.

CEO Q&A

What did Divine Chocolate learn at Davos? CEO weighs in on Brexit, Theresa May, Trump and women’s issues

Divine Chocolate's CEO Sophie Tranchell discusses takeaways from the World Economic Forum last month in Davos, Switzerland.

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Coffee Flour expands footprint into chocolate and baking categories

Coffee Flour, a firm that started with an idea to take advantage of discarded coffee cherry fruit, is vying for health and nutrition-focused investment partners after recently being selected by...

Ivorian cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day, finds Barry Callebaut-backed study

Cocoa farmers in the top producing country Côte D’Ivoire earn around 91 US cents (CFA 568) per day, according to a study by Barry Callebaut and the French Development Agency...

Hershey and Mars lose China market share to Nestlé and Ferrero

Hershey and Mars have lost market share in China's declining confectionery category to Nestlé and Ferrero, according to Euromonitor Shanghai.

Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Confectionery giant Mars plans to launch its CocoaVia line of cocoa flavanol-based food supplements in the UK and Ireland later this month.

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

Cargill has begun trialing the International Cocoa Initiative’s (ICI) child labor monitoring and remediation system in cocoa growing communities in Côte D’Ivoire.

Losing battle with ICE: CME Group suspends trading in European cocoa contracts

Global marketplace CME Group will suspend trading in all its European cocoa contracts beyond April 2017.

Chocolate’s ‘plight does not look set to improve’ in the US, says Euromonitor

The US chocolate confectionery market is set for a 1% volume decline between 2016 and 2021 as Americans’ GDP per capita is set to fall while the category is caught...

Euromar drags down European cocoa grind as global market set for surplus

European cocoa processing volumes declined in the fourth quarter after processor Euromar became insolvent; the global cocoa market is also expected to enter a supply surplus.

Divine Chocolate joins Tony’s Chocolonely as B Corps certified company

Part cocoa farmer-owned company Divine Chocolate has joined B Corps in hope of making its business more transparent. 

How will the end of EU sugar quotas impact confectioners?

Confectionery manufacturers can expect an increased supply of sugar at reduced prices once the European Union lifts sugar production quotas later this year.

Sterling fluctuation caused by Brexit is partly to blame

US unit of Hershey, Mars and Nestlé’s cocoa supplier, Transmar, files for bankruptcy

The US unit of cocoa trading and supplying company Transmar Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the...

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Consumer’s confusion over sustainability labels spurs outcry among cocoa industry leaders

Cocoa industry insider, Marc Donaldson, voiced that approximately $2bn investment in cocoa sustainability over the past 10 years has achieved “so little.” He suggested consumers should take the sustainability issue...

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