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Barry Callebaut ramps up Indonesia cocoa sustainability program

Barry Callebaut is expanding its sustainability program in Indonesia and has announced plans to train 50,000 farmers in good agricultural practice by 2020.

FDA OKs EverSweet GRAS determination, but commercial launch date still to be determined, says Cargill

The FDA has issued a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) no objections letter for EverSweet, Cargill’s hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – produced via fermentation rather than...

Dispatches from the 3rd World Cocoa Conference in Dominican Republic

‘The weakest link’: ICCO advocates for big cocoa estates in smallholder zones

Cocoa producer living income can be increased by gradually introducing large estates in traditionally smallholder areas, says the International Cocoa Organization’s executive director.

Startup Choba Choba creates super premium chocolate with CCN-51 hybrid

Swiss startup Choba Choba, partly owned by cocoa producers, has created an ultra-premium chocolate range made using a hybrid of CCN-51 and native Peruvian cocoa.

On the Move

WCF names next president; Cargill appoints new chocolate & cocoa chief

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has appointed its next full-time president, while Cargill has named a new global head of its cocoa and chocolate businesses.

Premium chocolate 'leg up': How to win fine flavor cocoa status

Chair of the International Cocoa Organization’s (ICCO) panel on fine flavor cocoa discusses why countries are seeking fine flavor status and how it can be won.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

Mars La Chola buy a ‘turning point’ for Ecuadorian cocoa and CCN-51, says Hardman Agribusiness

Farm efficiency is back at heart of the industry’s sustainability push after Mars’ acquisition of Ecuadorian cocoa plantation Hacienda La Chola, according to Hardman Agribusiness.

R&D

Mars buys Ecuadorian cocoa farm for scientific research

Mars Chocolate has acquired Hacienda La Chola, a 485-hectare cocoa farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Paying to meet ISO cocoa standard would push farmers below poverty line, warns ICCFO chief

An incoming international standard on sustainable cocoa will bring farmers ‘one big step below the poverty-line’ if it remains unchanged, argues a farmers’ group.

Decline or rise? Europe cocoa processing numbers released

Figures from grinders including Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Nestlé and Mondelēz show the volumes of cocoa processed in Europe in the first quarter of this year.

Grape expectations: Cémoi brings wine science to cocoa in $2.3m research project

Cémoi has begun a five-year, €2m ($2.3m) research program called Frenchoc Premium to obtain consistent chocolate quality via cocoa fermentation, using science applied in the wine industry.

First-half results

Barry Callebaut defies chocolate declines, but net profits slump

Barry Callebaut has posted volume growth above the chocolate confectionery market in its half-year results, but net profit fell mainly due to currency fluctuations and a challenged cocoa ingredients business.

Exclusive interview

WCF president: Cocoa sustainability efforts ‘not just focused on productivity’

The World Cocoa Foundation’s acting president has defended farmer inclusivity under the industry-backed CocoaAction initiative and says efforts are not limited to yield increases.

Hershey and Nestlé cocoa slave labor lawsuits dismissed

A district court in California has thrown out lawsuits accusing Hershey and Nestlé of misleading consumers by failing to disclose cocoa in some chocolate brands may come from slave labor.

Cocoa’s future lies in Latin America, says Hardman Agribusiness

Future cocoa demand will be met by a thriving professionalized sector in Latin America as chocolate makers move away from a “structurally blighted” West African market, claims Hardman Agribusiness....

Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt pledge to use 'sustainable cocoa' for Australian-made chocolate

Australia’s leading chocolate companies such as Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt have all pledged to source only “sustainable” cocoa for domestically manufactured goods, says the Australian Industry Group.

Origins

Rising dragon: Vietnam to win fine flavor cocoa status

Vietnam is to become the second Asian nation to be recognized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) as a fine flavor cocoa origin.

Barry Callebaut expands California factory to meet growing West Coast demand

Chocolate manufacturing giant Barry Callebaut has completed its factory expansion project in American Canyon, California. 

News in brief

Cargill improves cocoa communities with new monitoring system

Cargill says it has made major progress in enhancing the living conditions of cocoa farmers through its Cocoa Promise program.

Divine Chocolate sales soar 57% driven by US market

Divine Chocolate has substantially increased group turnover to £12.6m (almost $18m) for the 12 months to June 2015 after merging its UK and US business units.

Dispatches from Ho Chi Minh City

The Buzz: Vietnam Asia's golden child at Cocoa Revolution 2016

Discover how Vietnam will become a fine flavor cocoa nation, the challenges facing the global cocoa sector and what the future holds for chocolate demand in Asia and beyond.

From ‘orphan crop’ to mechanized commodity: Professional cocoa sector to double by 2036, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) predicts cocoa coming from commercial plantations will rise from 5% of the world output today to 10% in the next 20 years.

Legal Watch

Cocoa child slavery ‘loophole’ axed under fresh US trade legislation

Cocoa and other goods procured by forced or child labor have been banned from entering the US under recently enacted legislation, removing an earlier exemption.

Fair Trade USA label gains recognition as sustainability becomes 'non-negotiable' for confectionery shoppers

Collaborative research by Fair Trade USA and Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) suggests 59% of consumers  recognize the Fair Trade Certified label, compared to 38% in 2012.

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