We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.
Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.
Cargill has formed a partnership to support Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program.
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.
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.
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 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....
Cémoi plans to trace its entire cocoa supply through a third party verified project it calls Transparence.
Mondelēz International has announced that certification body FLOCERT will join Havard University in verifying the chocolate firm’s cocoa sustainability program Cocoa Life.
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...
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.
Asia’s cocoa grind dropped 17.2% in the fourth quarter after an economic slowdown in China, adding another cocoa processing decline to the world jigsaw.
The world’s third largest cocoa processor Olam has agreed to pay a fine of $3m for alleged mistrading of cocoa futures but has refused to admit wrongdoing.
Leading cocoa processor Barry Callebaut has reported volume growth ahead of the global chocolate confectionery market in its first quarter.
Weak fourth quarter cocoa grinds in developed markets suggest that consumers have reacted negatively to wholesale chocolate price hikes from the major brands, according to an analyst.
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Artisan chocolate makers are welcoming Nicaragua as a rare and blossoming cocoa origin, according to supplier Ingemann.
Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)...
Cocoa intake may delay the progression of factors associated with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in rats.
The leading cocoa processors say they will support brand manufacturers to achieve fully sustainable cocoa, but decline to publicly set their own targets.
Ingredients suppliers should set targets to achieve fully sustainable cocoa or risk perpetuating labor abuses in West Africa.
Global sugar prices are likely to remain low in 2015 as production looks set to continue at a similar level, according to Rabobank’s Q4 sugar report.
A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.
Olam’s $1.3bn deal to acquire ADM Cocoa is likely to have little impact on the price of cocoa ingredients for chocolate makers because grinding capacity is still concentrated with three...
ADM has struck a deal to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International Limited for $1.3bn.