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Barry Callebaut expands specialties and decorations arm with Italian purchase

Barry Callebaut has added to its European Specialties & Decorations segment with the purchase of Italian firm D’Orsogna Dolciaria for an undisclosed amount. 

Cocoa in the Congo: Emerging origin for organic chocolate makers

Cocoa production is thriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presenting an opportunity for the chocolate industry, say stakeholders working in the country.

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Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

Barry Callebaut revenues grow with Mondelēz and GarudaFood deals

Barry Callebaut has grown revenues by +2.9% for the nine-months of fiscal 2016/17 driven by supply deals with Mondelēz and Indonesian biscuit maker GarudaFood.

US Senator Charles Schumer calls on FDA to regulate snortable chocolate

US Senator Charles Schumer urges the FDA to investigate a snortable raw cocoa product, Coco Loko, because he alleges it has no clear health value.

Grinding in profits: European cocoa processing rises 2% in Q2

The European cocoa grind has risen in the second quarter (Q2) as it became more profitable to process cocoa.

In Brazil, less is more: Two thirds want to eat less sugar

A whopping 65% of a representative sample of Brazilian consumers, representing the world’s fifth most populous country, said they wanted to have less sugar in their diets.

Unknown faces: Who are the farmers behind your cocoa and palm?

Confectionery companies should collectively push suppliers to make traceability the norm rather than a premium service, as it is the only way to guarantee sustainable cocoa and palm oil, says...

High cadmium levels in cocoa from Peru may impact chocolate quality

Cocoa beans from many plantations in Peru contain cadmium levels far higher than the EU’s incoming thresholds for chocolate and cocoa products, finds research backed by the USDA.

Chocolate confectionery contributes most to value sales of sustainable cocoa products: Euromonitor

Sales of cocoa-based products featuring a sustainable trade and farming label, such as Fairtrade, is set to be valued at $8.9bn in 2017, Euromonitor said. 

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Caobisco encourages deadlines for 100% certified cocoa and palm oil

EU confectionery trade body Caobisco is encouraging its members to set a date by which they will source all cocoa and palm oil from a certified sustainable source.

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

Barry Callebaut-owned American Almond’s new facility opened in New Jersey

American Almond has opened its new facility that it moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Pennsauken, New Jersey, to expand its nut-based products portfolio. 

Supply chain performance not profitability at heart of food firms’ voluntary sign-up

Motivations for voluntarily implementing food traceability schemes stem not from the need to maximise profits but enhance information, safety and quality management within the supply chain.

More child labor prevention needed as cocoa prices fall, warn UTZ and ICI

 A sharp decline in cocoa prices could put children at increased risk of child labor unless more is done, say the heads of UTZ and ICI.

Mondelēz signs deal with Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana deal to reduce cocoa deforestation

Mondelēz’s sustainability program, Cocoa Life, will collaborate with governments in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana to reduce deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

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UTZ and Rainforest Alliance merger to set cocoa sustainability standards

Sustainability certification organizations, UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance, are expected to merge in the fall of 2017. 

Ivory Coast and Ghana agree to create Sustainable Cocoa Initiative

The leaders of the Ivory Coast and Ghana have agreed to set up a joint industry body called The Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Sustainable Cocoa Initiative to get better pay for farmers,...

Weaver Nut Company to boost production by 70% with Bell-style chocolate panning machine

Molded chocolate manufacturer Weaver Nut Company has added a new chocolate panning machine and polishing pans to meet its growing customer base.

The right dose: Are confectionery players misreading the sugar obesity debate?

Confectionery companies should print teaspoon visualization of sugar doses front of pack instead of focusing on calories, says a consultant.

Olam Cocoa to source 100% sustainable beans by 2020

Olam Cocoa has announced it will increase its volume of sustainably sourced cocoa beans by 20% over the next year, and ultimately reach 100% by 2020.

Co-op UK to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa under hybrid model for retailers

Co-op UK has invested in a women's leadership program in Côte d’Ivoire as part a move to source all cocoa for own label products as Fairtrade.

Daily chocolate fix reduces heart disease risk in postmenopausal women

Daily consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa reduced arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women – therefore lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study revealed.

Olam Cocoa unveils US innovation center

Olam Cocoa has opened its latest innovation center in Williowbrook, Illinois, to scale up its North American business.

United Cacao loses libel case against ConfectioneryNews

A Cayman Islands-registered company allegedly tied to deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon has lost a libel case against ConfectioneryNews and its publisher.

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