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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...

Mondelēz launches Green & Black’s bars with Cocoa Life Program label

The Oreo maker has introduced seven new Green & Black’s bars to the US premium chocolate market.

Opinion

Ethical certification promises much - but it's been a tough year

Back in 2014 I interviewed Hans Jöhr, who at the time was corporate head of agriculture at Nestlé. We had a (refreshingly) open discussion about certification schemes. Some of them...

Interview with counsel for six alleged child slaves

'Head in the sand' approach on cocoa supply chain may not wash if Nestlé, ADM & Cargill suit proceeds, says lawyer

A lawyer representing six alleged child slaves working in cocoa in a class action against Nestlé, ADM and Cargill says the ramifications of the case on the chocolate industry could...

Poll

Votes mean prizes: ConfectioneryNews’ State of the Industry survey 2017

A free iPad mini is up for grabs for respondents to ConfectioneryNews’ inaugural State of the Global Confectionery Industry survey.

'Unified voice': Two cocoa farmer organizations merge

The World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO) and The International CoCoa Farmers Organization (ICCFO) have merged and are urging the cocoa and chocolate industry to support efforts to group farmers to...

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Barry Callebaut CEO: US legal risks no reason not to act on cocoa sustainability

The legal risk of acknowledging there is child labor and extreme poverty in the chocolate industry’s supply chain is no reason not to act, says Barry Callebaut’s CEO.

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.

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