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Premium chocolatiers take note: Colombia to renew high-quality cocoa plantations

Higher cocoa prices in the international market could kick-start Colombia’s plans to replant up to 80,000 ha of its cocoa bean acreage.

Nestlé boosts efforts to stamp out child labour

Nestlé aims to step up efforts to eradicate child labour in the cocoa supply chain, after an independent report indicated progress was being made, but more needed to be done.

Ebola fears force Barry Callebaut to cancel Ivorian meeting

Barry Callebaut has cancelled its annual managers’ meeting in Côte D’Ivoire over fears of the Ebola virus, despite no reported cases in the country.

‘Watch out for Central America’: Quality cocoa set to surge

The next several years will herald a surge in quality cocoa volumes from Central America creating opportunities for premium origin chocolates, says Lutheran World Relief.

Contamination detection needs to improve to appease retailers, says Mettler-Toledo

Inspection system features like reject confirmation systems and locked reject bins can help confectionery manufacturers stay abreast of the exacting safety demands of big retailers, says Mettler-Toledo.

News in brief

ADM to divest chocolate business in Q3

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has confirmed that it will sell its chocolate operations in the next quarter, but the buyer or buyers are still unknown.

Nestlé to source 100% sustainable cocoa for UK and Ireland by 2015

Nestlé’s will use sustainable cocoa for 100% of its UK and Ireland portfolio by the end of 2015, up from its current 60% mark.

Swapping to low-calorie sweeteners does help weight loss, finds review of RCTs

Swapping full-calorie foods and drinks for ones containing low or zero calorie sweeteners results in modest weight loss, according to a new systematic review of clinical data.

‘New chapter’ in sourcing: Ritter controls supply chain with own cocoa plantation in Nicaragua

Ritter Sport has purchased land for a cocoa plantation in Nicaragua to eventually cover 30% of its cocoa needs and give it greater control of its supply.

Mars Chocolate North America follows Nestlé and Hershey with price hike

Mars Chocolate North America has become the latest to introduce wholesale price increases after similar moves from Nestlé and Hershey.

News in brief

Asia cocoa grind up 5%

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia in the second quarter (Q2) grew 5.21%, according to figures from the Cocoa Association of Asia.

What will be the next cocoa health claim?

‘Neuroprotective effects’ and ‘improved metabolism’ could be the next health claims for cocoa and dark chocolate after Barry Callebaut’s heart health win, according to a medical doctor.

News in brief

North America cocoa grind up 5%

Cocoa processing in North America grew 4.52% in the second quarter (Q2), according to figures from the National Confectioners Association (NCA)

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields and quality, while giving chocolate manufacturers greater control of their supply chain, says...

European cocoa grind decline ‘disappointing’

The amount of cocoa processed in Europe dropped 1% in the second quarter falling below traders’ expectations, but it's too soon to tell if chocolate demand is sliding.

Paying the price of chocolate: Breaking cocoa farming's cycle of poverty

Industry voices discuss whether raising suggested retail prices for chocolate could incentivise cocoa farmers to invest in farms, bring them out of poverty and keep the next generation growing cocoa.

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Arriba! Arriba! Nestlé taps fine flavor beans for Ecuadorian chocolate plant

Nestlé has opened a $16m chocolate molding and packaging line that will use fine flavor Arriba cocoa beans.

Future of chocolate: Attracting the next generation of cocoa farmers

An older and younger farmer discuss what the chocolate industry can do to ensure there is a future generation of cocoa farmers.

Origins

Could West Africa lose its cocoa crown?

ConfectioneryNews asks industry leaders if cocoa production will gradually move closer to the burgeoning chocolate markets of China and Brazil or whether West Africa will always be the king of...

Cocoa extract could fight Alzheimer’s – mice study

A polyphenol-rich cocoa extract called Lavado may reduce nerve damage in Alzheimer’s patients before they develop symptoms, according to research in mice.

What is cocoa child labor? ICI sorts the acceptable from the unacceptable

Chocolate companies must know what truly constitutes cocoa child labor to be able to tackle the issue, according to the International Cocoa Initiative, which has unveiled a new strategy to...

Editor's Blog

Chocapocalypse 2020: Was the cocoa shortfall overblown?

Industry fortune-telling of a large cocoa shortfall in 2020 was a shrewd way to secure supply at low prices, but the latest deficit forecasts are nowhere near as gloomy.

Mars: No immediate chocolate price increases in face of cocoa deficit

Mars says it is experiencing the same pressures on the cocoa market as Nestlé, but currently has no plans to raise chocolate prices.

Mars faces class action over cocoa flavanol claims

Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.

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