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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.

Vox Pop: Can consumers tell the difference between sustainable cocoa labels?

Many consumers struggle to tell the difference between cocoa certification program labels like Fairtrade and company own labels, such as Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan, but all agree social responsibility should be...

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Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Child labor eradication pledge

Barry Callebaut sets 2025 target for sustainable cocoa

Barry Callebaut has pledged to bring 500,000 cocoa farmers out of extreme poverty and eradicate child labor in its supply chain under an initiative to source fully sustainable cocoa by 2025.

'The ethical urge' powers fair trade in Switzerland: Study

The Swiss buy more fair trade foods than Germans, but it’s not just because there are more products available to them: they’re also “more ethically convinced” by these products, researchers have found....

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Origin labelling: A step towards transparency - or worrying form of ‘gastronationalism’?

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) are growing louder in Europe and supporters say it will restore trust, provide transparency and help consumers support local producers if they...

‘Science, not politics, informs our approach to sustainability’: Mars responds to Trump on climate change

M&M’s maker Mars has disputed Donald Trump’s stance on climate change during the COP22 in Morocco. 

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Eight-minute podcast: Fairtrade’s new cocoa director

Fairtrade to review cocoa premium against farmer income study

Fairtrade International plans next year to review its minimum price and premium for certified cocoa against a study measuring the drivers of income for farmers.

Sustainable commodity commitments rocket but most firms struggle with traceability

New commitments to tackle deforestation in commodity supply chains have almost doubled in the past 12 months, but pledges remain “piecemeal” with very few companies looking beyond palm oil, according to a...

Behind the curtain: Calls for accountability in cocoa chain grow louder

Chocolate companies are coming under increasing scrutiny to publish third-party verified impacts on cocoa sustainability efforts, including taxes paid in origin countries.

Disptaches from WCF meeting in Abidjan

‘Our customers do care’ about sustainable cocoa, says M&S

UK premium retailer Marks & Spencer says its consumers expect cocoa from sustainable sources.

Four chocolate giants invest $5m in Ivorian education program

Mondelēz International, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut have joined forces on a community development and education program in Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation.

Interview with Rick Scobey, WCF president

Productivity alone won’t bring farmers above the poverty line: New WCF president

Yield increases must be coupled with agricultural reforms in origin countries and stronger financing packages to bring cocoa farmers out of poverty, according to the World Cocoa Foundation’s new president....

Q3 cocoa grind in Europe

Netherlands may overtake Côte d'Ivoire as leading cocoa processor

The Netherlands is expected to have overtaken Côte d'Ivoire as the leading cocoa processor for the 2015/16 cocoa season, as Europe's cocoa grind reaches a five-year high.

Theo Chocolate warns confectionery industry to avoid ‘greenwashing’

Theo Chocolate says one of the greatest challenges it faces as a company committed to a responsible and transparent supply chain is “greenwashing” in the premium chocolate category.

Sambirano Valley Chocolat plans Madagascar cocoa plantation after opening tech center

Startup couverture supplier Sambirano Valley Chocolat has opened a chocolate technology center in Canada and has plans for its own cocoa plantation in Madagascar.

More cocoa growing needed in Madagascar to lift vanilla market sustainability, say executives

Introducing more cocoa farming to Madagascar is key for a sustainable vanilla market, say Barry Callebaut and Prova on the launch of their new partnership.

The 'ignored’ commodity: Confectioners face tough choice on sugar sustainability

Sustainability in sugar has been side lined by the health debate, but the confectionery industry is a heavy user and must now decide whether it will support cane growers in the...

SafeTraces raises funding to help market push

SafeTraces has raised $1.5m via a funding round to accelerate product development, sales and marketing ahead of going to market by the end of this year.

Editor's Blog

One for all: Cocoa sector can only be sustainable with strong and unified farmer voice

Efforts are under way to bring cocoa farmers together under a single voice, but divisions still exist that hinder the chocolate industry’s push to a sustainable cocoa sector, writes ConfectioneryNews...

‘We will replace Nacional as Ecuador’s fine flavor bean,’ says Sacha Gold creator

High yielding and disease tolerant cocoa Sacha Gold has been deemed fine flavor by a leading US chocolate company and can become Ecuador’s leading variety, says developer Cimarron Cocoa Estates....

Michelsen Chocolate sources 100% Fairtrade cocoa

Danish firm Sv. Michelsen Chocolate says it has become the first chocolate company in the country to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa.

Barry Callebaut expects 23% cocoa farmer income boost under credit deal

Barry Callebaut expects farmer income to grow 23% within two years under a $9m partnership with IFC and IDH to support up to 103,000 smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire...

South America & Africa biggest growth risks for palm oil - but upping market initiatives could curb deforestation

Voluntary market initiatives from the largest buyers and sellers of palm oil could help curb deforestation linked to the crop, researchers say, noting South America and Africa are most at...

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