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Confectioners face even higher cocoa prices

The price of cocoa continued to hit record highs on the stock market in January, increasing by an average 4.6 per cent on the London and New York stock exchanges.

Sugar companies may face compulsory quota cuts

The European Commission may have to enforce compulsory final sugar quota cuts of 1.16m tones in 2010 with no compensation, as current renunciations fall below targets.

Tate & Lyle makes massive fairtrade sugar switch

Tate & Lyle is to convert its entire retail sugar range to fairtrade in the largest fair-trade switch ever made by a UK company.

Indian chocolate demand fuels domestic cocoa increases

In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in...

Ghana pledges sustainable cocoa push - report

The Ghanaian cocoa board is planning to significantly step up cocoa production in the country over the next three years in a nationwide shake-up of how the crop is farmed,...

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The ethical cocoa confusion

While most consumers agree that ethically-sourced cocoa is no bad thing, an ever increasing number of different schemes risks muddying the issue and puzzling chocolate fans.

Danisco sugar production tops 1m tonnes

Record yields from sugar beet fields in several countries have resulted in a bumper sugar harvest for Denmark's Danisco group.

Mars, Nestle promise ethical cocoa supply

Global confectioners Mars and Nestle have joined a sustainable cocoa programme, which aims to establish a traceability system for all farmers in the Ivory Coast.

Lawsuit filed over Monsantos GM sugar beet

A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the approval of a herbicide resistant genetically engineered sugar beet.

News briefs: Cocoa, Thorntons and Dunkin Donuts

The price of cocoa is still on the up; Thorntons reports strong sales over the winter season; and Dunkin' Donuts teams up with Mars for a new 'chocolaty' product range.

ABF revenues increase despite sugar losses

Associated British Foods today reported 13 per cent revenue growth for the 13 weeks ending 5 January 08, however the overall results were marred by a poor performance from the sugar sector.

Sudzucker struggles with sugar, but special products deliver

The Sudzucker group has reported a 18.3 per cent increase in sales for the first nine months of its year thanks to special products and fruit preparations, while sugar was...

Harvest report shows slump for sugar, soybean

Harvests for sugarcane, flaxseed and soybean were all down last year but canola and corn production was up, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Global cocoa deficit increases, says report

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) estimates that the world's current cocoa shortfall is now 55 per cent larger than previously thought, after adverse weather conditions led to crop reductions over...

Tate & Lyle completes Mexican sugar sale

Tate & Lyle has completed its sale of its Mexican sugar business, removing itself from volatile commodity markets and allowing it to refocus on value-added ingredients.

Vietnam aims for cocoa crop of 45,000 tonnes

The Vietnamese government estimates its overall cocoa crop will reach 45,000 tonnes by 2015, aiming to make the catch the attention of chocolate manufacturers around the world, according to Reuters.

Sugar, sweetener sales slide, reveals Mintel

Sales of sugar and sweeteners have slowed in recent years and are expected to decline slightly going ahead, according to a new report by Mintel.

Further sugar production difficulties ahead, says ABF chairman

The chairman of Associated British Foods (ABF), a major European-sugar producer, says that the industry will have to weather the storm over the coming year before producers can reap the...

News briefs: Healthy cocoa and confectionery games

Cocoa made with Chinese herbs is launched in the US; and two new games bring an extra layer of fun to chocolate and snacks.

Chocolatiers face further cocoa market confusion

A strong increase in cocoa supply from the Ivory Coast has failed to put an end to market uncertainty over the price of the commodity, says the International Cocoa Organization...

ABF invests millions in Mali sugar plant

Associated British Foods today announced the £100m (€139m) expansion of subsidiary Illovo Sugar's facilities in Mali, as EU reforms force the company to move operations out of the bloc.

Hungary discusses renouncing half its sugar quota

Talks are under way in Hungary aimed at returning 50 per cent of the country's sugar quota to the restructuring fund, in light of the latest sugar reforms announced by...

Blommer expands cocoa trading programme

US-based Blommer Chocolate this week said it will establish a sustainable cocoa farming programme in the Ivory Coast, after a similar strategy increased crop yields and worker incomes in Indonesia.

ADM launches bright and tasty cocoa powders

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has introduced a new line of cocoa powders aimed at improving visual appeal and flavour in dairy and bakery products.

Danisco consolidates Lithuanian sugar production

Danisco has announced that it will close its sugar production plant in Panevezys, Lithuania, as part of a plan to give up a slice of its quota.

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