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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.

Confectionery industry can go beyond RSPO palm standards, says Palm Done Right

Confectionery firms can go further than RSPO standards by sourcing organic palm oil that meets the standards of Palm Done Right, claims the developer.

Olam Cocoa to source 100% sustainable beans by 2020

Olam Cocoa has announced it will increase its volume of sustainably sourced cocoa beans by 20% over the next year, and ultimately reach 100% by 2020.

Co-op UK to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa under hybrid model for retailers

Co-op UK has invested in a women's leadership program in Côte d’Ivoire as part a move to source all cocoa for own label products as Fairtrade.

Olam Cocoa unveils US innovation center

Olam Cocoa has opened its latest innovation center in Williowbrook, Illinois, to scale up its North American business.

United Cacao loses libel case against ConfectioneryNews

A Cayman Islands-registered company allegedly tied to deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon has lost a libel case against ConfectioneryNews and its publisher.

‘Simplest way’ is to pay more: Chocolate industry urged to up farm gate price to avert poverty in cocoa

A group of NGOs, including the VOICE Network, Solidaridad and Oxfam, are encouraging chocolate makers to set a minimum price for cocoa and to eventually move to a flexible premium...

Our own cocoa buying company in Ghana cuts out middlemen to benefit farmers, says Cargill

Cargill says its recently established licensed buying company (LBC) in Ghana helps cocoa farmers avoid being paid through a third party.

Orkla cuts palm oil from 98% of its Nordic sweets and snack brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Sweden has removed palm oil from 98% of its products, meaning 1,500 fewer tons of saturated fat in consumers' food. But what were the technical challenges and...

Barry Callebaut-owned Mona Lisa brand ups cocoa sustainability by joining Horizons

Barry Callebaut is one step closer to its goal of sourcing fully sustainable cocoa by 2025 as its chocolate cups and decorations making subsidiary, Mona Lisa, has joined the Cocoa...

European Parliament votes in favour of strict new palm oil measures

Today the European Parliament voted to implement tough new palm oil resolutions, which if enforced would see its elimination from use in biofuels and enforce stricter regulations on production and...

Equal partners: Cocoa farmer group calls to implement sustainable chocolate programs

Sustainable chocolate programs must treat cocoa farmers as equal implementing partners, says the World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO).

‘I'm looking for beans that other people aren’t using’: Willie’s Cacao talks single-estate cocoa sourcing

Willie’s Cacao's owner talks about the benefits of direct trade with single cocoa estates and tips Nicaragua and Colombia as up and coming cocoa origins.

Bean to bar Chocolate Tree crowdfunds to move into bigger premises

Chocolate Tree, co-founded by Alastair and Friederike Gower, has launched a £30k ($37k) crowdfunding campaign to transform an East Lothian farmhouse into a chocolate factory, employing 18 staff.

Cocoa price for Ivorian farmers may drop 30% amid widespread poverty

Ivorian regulator Conseil Café Cacao (CCC) says it may lower guaranteed farm gate prices for cocoa in the primary growing nation. 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups among Hershey’s first brands to test Sourcemap

US chocolate maker Hershey has launched Sourcemap for consumers to explore the origins of its agricultural ingredients, such as cocoa beans, sunflower oil and vanilla. 

FDF offers manufacturers guidelines on how to optimize their packaging systems

From organic food to eco-labels, sustainable sourced ingredients and traceability, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published a set of manufacturer guidelines to optimize their packaging systems to...

Growth in deforestation commitments hides transparency issues

The number of manufacturers using one of the four key commodities linked to deforestation has increased from 67% to 71%, but a worrying number of targets have been missed or...

Interview: WCF President

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

The 12 major players in cocoa and chocolate have united with public sector partners to eradicate deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM cocoa child slavery lawsuit dismissed

A district court in California has dismissed a 12-year lawsuit accusing Nestlé, ADM and Cargill of aiding and abetting child slavery in West Africa.

Going its ‘own way’: Lindt invests $14m in sustainable cocoa in last eight years

Lindt has invested around $14m in its sustainable cocoa program since 2008 as it aims to have a fully traceable and verifiable supply by 2020.

Ritter rules out own cocoa label as it fast-tracks sustainability target

Ritter Sport now hopes to reach its goal to source only sustainable cocoa by 2020 rather than 2025.

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Taza reduces dark chocolate bitterness through stone grinding process

Taza Chocolate has never conched its cocoa beans since it started 10 years ago in Somerville, Massachusetts, as the company believes stone grinding is the best way to reduce bitterness of...

Brits prepared to shift to climate-friendly diets – within reason

A slim majority of British consumers are prepared to change their diets to help reduce the impacts of climate change, but few would ever switch to vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan...

Cémoi bears fruits of cocoa fermentation project with latest chocolate range

French firm Cémoi has introduced its own chocolate range containing cocoa from its controlled cocoa fermentation project.

Media’s role in cocoa sustainability

Stop the white noise: How can chocolate makers be tempted to bite into cocoa's poverty and child labor crisis?

Reporting effective approaches to tackle deep-rooted poverty and child labor in the cocoa sector should take precedence over shock headlines, writes ConfectioneryNews’ editor.

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