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Child labor eradication pledge

Barry Callebaut sets 2025 target for sustainable cocoa

Barry Callebaut has pledged to bring 500,000 cocoa farmers out of extreme poverty and eradicate child labor in its supply chain under an initiative to source fully sustainable cocoa by 2025.

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Eight-minute podcast: Fairtrade’s new cocoa director

Fairtrade to review cocoa premium against farmer income study

Fairtrade International plans next year to review its minimum price and premium for certified cocoa against a study measuring the drivers of income for farmers.

Disptaches from WCF meeting in Abidjan

‘Our customers do care’ about sustainable cocoa, says M&S

UK premium retailer Marks & Spencer says its consumers expect cocoa from sustainable sources.

Annual results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut outstrips chocolate volume growth as chairman steps down

Barry Callebaut has outpaced the overall global chocolate market in its full-year results as long-serving chairman Andreas Jacobs announces plans to step down.

Sugar is sneaking up on preservatives & chemicals as most troublesome ingredient, CivicScience finds

Consumers appear to becoming more sophisticated and specific about which ingredients or characteristics they find most troublesome in packaged foods and beverages, new research from CivicScience suggests. 

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

Four chocolate giants invest $5m in Ivorian education program

Mondelēz International, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut have joined forces on a community development and education program in Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation.

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

Interview with Rick Scobey, WCF president

Productivity alone won’t bring farmers above the poverty line: New WCF president

Yield increases must be coupled with agricultural reforms in origin countries and stronger financing packages to bring cocoa farmers out of poverty, according to the World Cocoa Foundation’s new president....

Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate

Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.

Q3 cocoa grind in Europe

Netherlands may overtake Côte d'Ivoire as leading cocoa processor

The Netherlands is expected to have overtaken Côte d'Ivoire as the leading cocoa processor for the 2015/16 cocoa season, as Europe's cocoa grind reaches a five-year high.

Sugar market reforms could leave bitter taste, and now is the time to prepare

Food and drink companies expecting the sugar price to fall once quotas disappear might have a nasty shock, according to Rabobank’s latest forecasts.

'War on sugar’ fosters change for global candy industry: Euromonitor

The “war on sugar” has dented demand of sweet snacks as 47% of global consumers look for foods with limited or no added sugar, according to a recent survey by Euromonitor....

Theo Chocolate warns confectionery industry to avoid ‘greenwashing’

Theo Chocolate says one of the greatest challenges it faces as a company committed to a responsible and transparent supply chain is “greenwashing” in the premium chocolate category.

More cocoa growing needed in Madagascar to lift vanilla market sustainability, say executives

Introducing more cocoa farming to Madagascar is key for a sustainable vanilla market, say Barry Callebaut and Prova on the launch of their new partnership.

Profit increase can drive sugar reduction: Bayn

More profitable business models are needed for companies committed to healthier products, according to Bayn following the launch of its new Sugar Reduced Community.

Editor's Blog

One for all: Cocoa sector can only be sustainable with strong and unified farmer voice

Efforts are under way to bring cocoa farmers together under a single voice, but divisions still exist that hinder the chocolate industry’s push to a sustainable cocoa sector, writes ConfectioneryNews...

‘We will replace Nacional as Ecuador’s fine flavor bean,’ says Sacha Gold creator

High yielding and disease tolerant cocoa Sacha Gold has been deemed fine flavor by a leading US chocolate company and can become Ecuador’s leading variety, says developer Cimarron Cocoa Estates....

Michelsen Chocolate sources 100% Fairtrade cocoa

Danish firm Sv. Michelsen Chocolate says it has become the first chocolate company in the country to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa.

Cacao extract may improve atopic dermatitis-like symptoms, rodent study

Researchers in South Korea studied how the polyphenols in Theobroma cacao extract may reduce atopic dermatitis-like symptoms.

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Barry Callebaut expects 23% cocoa farmer income boost under credit deal

Barry Callebaut expects farmer income to grow 23% within two years under a $9m partnership with IFC and IDH to support up to 103,000 smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire...

Inside scoop: Nestlé doubles its largest quality assurance center to fight for confectionery safety

Nestlé’s gives ConfectioneryNews a look inside its $31m expanded quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, where it is battling the emerging threat of foreign bodies in confections.

Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Epicatechin – compound found in cocoa – may reduce food intake, and subsequently help control appetite and weight management, says a new study.

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