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Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainable Sourcing

All major confectioners have committed to sourcing ingredients such as cocoa, palm oil and sugar from sustainable sources to avert supply crises, protect the environment and to avoid unlawful child labor. Follow progress towards these goals here.

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.

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.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

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...

Barry Callebaut sources 15% sustainable cocoa - but sets no timescales to scale up

Barry Callebaut has confirmed it is sourcing 15% of its cocoa from sustainable sources but has not set targets to scale up to 100%.

Emergency relief

Cocoa and chocolate firms must act to stop Ebola spread, says Transmar Group

Cocoa Ingredients supplier Transmar has called on cocoa and chocolate companies to make a donation to the Red Cross or Caritas to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in...

Event preview

Industry cocoa sustainability efforts take center stage at WCF meeting

The chocolate industry’s biggest players will discuss how to move forward on cocoa sustainability at the World Cocoa Foundation’s meeting in Copenhagen next week. ConfectioneryNews will be there to bring...

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

Retailers need to up sustainable cocoa game, says BDSI

Supermarkets in Germany cannot neglect their role in bringing about a sustainable cocoa supply chain, says the German confectionery association BDSI.

Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses to prosper on cocoa farms, according to an Oxfam campaigner.

Origins: Cocoa’s coming home

Nicaragua: A future fine flavor cocoa origin, but work needed

Nicaragua holds potential as a future fine flavor cocoa origin as farmers shift from coffee to cocoa, but much work is needed to improve fermentation practices, according to Atlanta Chocolate’s...

One step closer: Hershey ‘goes beyond RSPO’ in fresh palm oil pledge

Hershey has developed a palm oil sourcing policy that it claims goes further than its previous Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) commitment.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products?

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

Oxfam calls for greater controls on huge agri public–private partnerships

The increasing trend towards government investment partnerships with large multinationals threatens land rights, equality and the environment in Africa, an Oxfam report warns.

Patent Watch

Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would maintain the final chocolate taste and allow for a more consistent flavor.

Hershey and Cargill team up on Ivorian cocoa program

Hershey has partnered with its supplier Cargill to bring its cocoa sustainability program to the Côte d’Ivoire, helping farmers achieve UTZ certification. 

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte D’Ivoire and has allowed a US...

Fairtrade certified goods on the up in producer countries

Consumers in producer countries are increasingly interested in Fairtrade certified products as a means of supporting their domestic economy, according to Fairtrade International’s annual report.

Chocolatiers offered ‘some release’ as ICCO extends cocoa surplus

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has revised its estimate for the 2013/14 cocoa season and now expects a slightly larger supply surplus.

Editor's Blog

Over half of certified cocoa may be sold as conventional cocoa

Over half of cocoa grown on certified farms may be sold as conventional cocoa rather than commanding a premium price for farmers.

Fully certified cocoa ‘a prerequisite for doing business in chocolate’, Cloetta tells SMEs

Buying certified cocoa only from third party organizations such as UTZ Certified is now an essential part of doing business for all chocolate companies, not just the big ones, says...

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