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Cocoa farmers spend 36% of premiums on productivity: Fairtrade International

Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers spend 36% of their premiums on increasing productivity and cocoa quality – far above Fairtrade International’s suggested 25% minimum, a report from the organization reveals.

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Chocolate will never be a niche luxury: ICCO executive director

The executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has rejected suggestions that chocolate could become an expensive luxury in the face of a global cocoa deficit.

Nestlé-backed study unlocks cocoa fermentation acetate mystery

Exploring the mechanisms controlling acetate formation during cocoa fermentation may help identify the best starter cultures to optimize flavor attributes, according to a team of scientists supported by Nestlé.

Dispatches from World Cocoa Conference 2014

Cocoa surplus for 2013/14; small deficit for next season - ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a cocoa surplus for the current crop year, but said the market would return to a small deficit next year.

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified strike pilot cocoa certification partnership

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.

Mondelēz adds third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has allowed Harvard University to measure the impact of its Cocoa Life sustainability program.

Dispatches from the World Cocoa Conference 2014

‘We can afford to increase the price of chocolate,’ says ICCO executive director

Manufacturers can increase the price of chocolate without fear of putting off consumers thus ensuring cocoa farmers are fairly paid, according to executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).

Joining the cocoa dots: 12 confectionery titans join CocoaAction strategy

A dozen of the world's biggest confectioners have signed up to the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction - something the organisation says will join the dots of existing sustainability programmes. ...

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Forget the World Cup: World Cocoa Conference kicks off this week

ConfectioneryNews will be bringing you the latest on cocoa sustainability from the World Cocoa Conference 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this week.

World Environment Day - June 5 2014 - Driving action on climate change

Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

Snyderman: People are ‘hard wired’ to love candy

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.

Europe approves use of new high-intensity sweetener

The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.

CKG cashing-in on burgeoning Middle East chocolate market

Ivory Coast-based, CKG Group Holding is to expand its chocolate operations into Oman in a joint venture with the ‘Sultanate’.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Hershey crowds the candy aisle with product launches

Chocolate, chews, hard candy, snacks—The Hershey Company is going all out with a large array of product introductions at the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

New UTZ code: Child labor ‘prevention’, climate changes, living wages and gender equality

Certifiers UTZ says a redraft of its code of conduct focuses on ‘prevention’ and monitoring of child labor on farms as well as including new measures around climate change.

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

Have you considered inulin in your chocolate?

Leading Dutch supplier Sensus is pushing inulin as a sugar and sweetener replacer with minimal taste and texture tariffs.

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

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Rising cocoa prices hurt Natra in Q1

Natra’s cocoa and chocolate business reported a 1.6% fall in sales in the first quarter due to sharp increases in cocoa prices.

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Better-for-you chocolate still a niche after cocoa flavanol health claim: Euromonitor

Functional confectionery has made only small gains since approval of Barry Callebaut’s cocoa flavanol health claim but opportunities exist for premiumized chocolate products, says a Euromonitor analyst.

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No future for chocolate if cocoa farmers are deep-rooted in poverty

Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.

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Asian cocoa grind up 4% in Q1

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Cocoa grind up but will chocolate prices grind consumers down?

The rising North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the chocolate industry, but many consumers are not prepared to pay higher prices planned by some leading confectioners, according to...

Easter bunny boils over rising chocolate prices

Near record-high cocoa butter prices have driven up the cost of chocolate production by as much as 20%; a price hike that will likely be seen on shelf, according to...

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