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Bringing chocolate home: Africa is more than the world’s cocoa basket, says Madécasse

The chocolate industry and fairtrade movement are perpetuating poverty in Africa by relying on the continent for it’s agricultural assets rather than manufacturing potential, says Madagascan chocolate maker Madécasse....

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Significant changes required for ‘light in calories’ chocolate

Chocolate makers must completely replace sugar and reduce fat content to a legal minimum to be able to make a ‘light in calories’ claim in the EU, according to Barry...

Chocolate shortage ‘overstated in the extreme’, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization has quelled media reports of a chocolate crisis in 2020 and says there are sufficient cocoa stocks for the next five years.

Peru to become top 10 cocoa exporter, says USDA

Cocoa production in Peru is set to rise 5% in calendar year 2014 and increases in planting will see the country become a key cocoa exporter in the coming years,...

Editor's Blog

Unsung candymen and women: ConfectioneryNews opens entries for Personality of the Year 2014

ConfectioneryNews is launching its inaugural Personality of the Year competition to recognize unhailed innovators and industry stalwarts for a job well done.

Cloetta may take ‘bumpy road’ of price changes on select products

Cloetta may alter prices on individual products in response to increasing cocoa, hazelnut and almond costs and falling sugar prices.

Country of origin labeling for cocoa ‘meaningless’ and would up costs for consumers, says ECA

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) says mandatory origin labeling of cocoa products is pointless and could even lead to a 30% price hike in consumer chocolate prices.  

Chocolate gloom inspires compound coating boom in Asia and Eastern Europe, says Cargill

Cocoa powder demand for use in compound confectionery coatings is rising rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe as rising cocoa butter prices up the cost of chocolate manufacturing.

Barry Callebaut boss to step down after bumper 2014

Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann will resign next year after his company posted revenue and net profit growth in fiscal 2014.

Gender inequality not just social but structural and choc giants must realize this: Oxfam

Confectionery giants Mondelēz International, Nestlé and Mars must do far more to ensure women are not blocked from day-to-day commercial cocoa operations because of issues like land rights, according to...

Theo Innovations debuts flavanol-rich cocoa extract

Seattle-based Theo Chocolate has launched the first functional ingredient from its subsidiary Theo Innovations.  Called Violetamine, the product is an extract of cocoa high in polyphenols and theobromine.

Sugar policy shake-up to squeeze cane producing countries

The Fairtrade Foundation has urged food companies and retailers to choose Fairtrade sugar, amid concerns that a sugar price slump and CAP reforms could push thousands of workers into poverty.

Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but the same effect may not be true in chocolate.

Is there a place for certified cocoa after the ISO/CEN sustainability standard?

Certified cocoa bodies can co-exist with an international standard for sustainable cocoa that will be finalized in 2016, according to delegates at the World Cocoa Foundation’s partnership meeting.

News in brief

Barry Callebaut to spend $11.5m on Brazilian plant expansion

Barry Callebaut will increase capacity at its factory in Extrema, Minas Gerais in Brazil in anticipation of rising demand in the region.

Denmark

Toms finds commercial success with cocoa tray fermentation

Danish confectioner Toms says its Ekstra chocolate brand that only uses tray fermented cocoa has proved that an initiative to support farmers and improve bean quality can also turn a profit....

WCF Partnership Meeting

One standard to bind them: Sustainable cocoa framework to go live in 2016

A voluntary framework for sustainable cocoa that could help align industry efforts will be introduced by the end of 2016, say those behind the standard.

WCF Partnership Meeting

Topsy turvy: Sustainable cocoa efforts are upside down, says WWF

Chocolate companies and certification organizations can get better productivity gains by improving underperforming cocoa farmers rather than rewarding top producers, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Nestlé confectionery sales slump 7%

Nestlé confectionery sales fell 7% in its nine-month results due to rising cocoa costs and declines in developed markets such as Great Britain.

WCF partnership meeting: The buzz on cocoa sustainability

What are the chocolate industry and NGOs saying about cocoa sustainability? Catch up with the social media buzz from the World Cocoa Conference’s partnership meeting.

AAK reaffirms fat reduction pledge

European oils and fats business Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK) has reaffirmed its commitment to help food manufacturers reduce saturated fats in their products with reformulation advice.

Tate & Lyle opens new Chinese facility

Tate and Lyle, which has a £3.1bn turnover, opened its latest polydextrose facility last month in China.

Industry 'deeply concerned' by Ebola but no impact on big choc companies yet

Ebola is a huge humanitarian concern for the cocoa and chocolate industry, but contrary to some reports it is not yet having a major business impact for big chocolate players...

Ebola outbreak threatens West African food security with severe inflation and labour shortages: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an appeal for $30m (€23,72m) to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by the Ebola...

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

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