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Half-year results

Barry Callebaut outperforms chocolate market but cocoa business troubled

Barry Callebaut has outgrown the chocolate confectionery market in its half-year results, but its cocoa ingredients arm continues to be hampered by low cocoa ratios.

United Cacao continues infrastructure work despite injunction, claims NGO

A local NGO has taken overflight images of United Cacao’s plantation in Peru that purport to show industrial activity despite a 90-day suspension order. The firm says it is operating...

ConfectioneryNews Investigation

Did United Cacao destroy Amazon rainforest to clear path for world’s largest cocoa plantation?

United Cacao is accused of clearing primary forest in the Peruvian Amazon and usurping local farmers to make way for what will be the world’s largest cocoa plantation - allegations...

Boosting antioxidant activity in chocolate

Don't chop those pods! Cocoa polyphenol boost with pod storage step, say researchers

Cocoa polyphenols can be preserved by storing pods for a week before fermentation and then by roasting beans for longer than usual, say researchers.

Guest article

A different perspective: Cocoa Buyers must be incentivised to improve chocolate supply chain

Cocoa buying companies are the main intermediaries between the chocolate industry and farmers and should not be forgotten in the pursuit of sustainable cocoa, writes one of the largest licensed...

Who’s drawn the short straw? Chocolate makers can’t expect higher cocoa yields under short-term contracts

The chocolate industry must commit to longer sourcing agreements if it expects farmers to be able to invest in cocoa productivity and quality, according to a leading farming cooperative in...

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Unlocking aroma: Barry Callebaut borrows Belgian beer techniques to control cocoa fermentation

Barry Callebaut has employed techniques similar to those used in the Belgian beer industry to develop a yeast for controlled cocoa fermentation that it claims will lead to better tasting...

How strong is the evidence behind WHO’s sugars advice?

The food industry has criticised the WHO’s recommendation to reduce the intake of added sugar for being backed by ‘moderate’ and ‘very low quality’ evidence.

Olam opens ‘one of the world’s most advanced cocoa plants’ in Côte d’Ivoire

The world’s third largest grinder Olam has inaugurated a cocoa processing factory in San Pedro that partly runs on energy created from waste cocoa shells.

Cocoa Barometer 2015

Extreme poverty ignored in sustainable cocoa drive, say NGOs

Chocolate manufacturers have made great strides in cocoa sustainability, but are fixated on boosting productivity and can do far more to ensure cocoa farmers receive a living income, according to...

Divine Chocolate questions Fairtrade cocoa sourcing program

Divine Chocolate says multinationals are escaping fuller Fairtrade commitments under the certification body’s new rules. But Fairtrade says its sourcing program is the only way to reach cocoa farmers at...

Cocoa back in deficit for 2014/15, predicts ICCO

The cocoa market is expected to revert to a deficit in the current cocoa year as dry weather and dusty winds harm production.

Global sugar prices hit five month low

Latest figures show annual sugar prices dropped 23% year on year globally with expectations that a recovery in prices may be some time yet in coming.

Editorial calendar

Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

Mars bar goes Fairtrade in UK under new sourcing program

Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.

Mondelēz and Cargill join forces on sustainable cocoa

Cargill has formed a partnership to support Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program.

Origins

After the Earthquake: Haitian cocoa rep rises on high-end chocolate scene

International chocolatiers are showing increased interest in Haitian cocoa, providing rural Haitians a livelihood in cocoa farming after the country’s 2010 Earthquake, says a Federation of farming cooperatives.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Cocoa Life program update

Mondelēz: Deadlines on sustainable cocoa are not realistic

Mondelēz International plans to eventually source its entire cocoa supply from its Cocoa Life sustainability program, but says setting deadlines won't lead to meaningful impact on the ground.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

Dispatches from ISM 2015 in Cologne

‘We are going to be naked’: Cémoi to source 100% traceable cocoa

Cémoi plans to trace its entire cocoa supply through a third party verified project it calls Transparence.

FLOCERT to verify Mondelēz's cocoa program

Mondelēz adds further third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has announced that certification body FLOCERT will join Havard University in verifying the chocolate firm’s cocoa sustainability program Cocoa Life.

What's in CME Group's new cocoa futures contract for processors?

Cocoa processors now have access to a futures contract that specifies the quality and physical delivery of cocoa in the same conventions as are used in the underlying cocoa market...

Cocoa futures denominated in euros provides ease of access, says CME Group

CME Group has launched the first euro-denominated cocoa futures contract, which it claims provides improved hedging mechanisms that better reflect the physical cocoa market.

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