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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.

Cocoa ‘a sad story’: Farmers need insurance as human cost of industry overlooked, says Cacao for Change

Cocoa farmers operate in a chocolate supply chain that perpetuates poverty and bear the bulk of the risk, claims Cacao for Change as it proposes an alternative model.


Unraveling the cocoa code: Barry Callebaut discovers undetected polyphenols as it develops ‘cocoa atlas’

Barry Callebaut has found previously undiscovered cocoa polyphenols as it works with Bremen-based Jacobs University to crack the commodity’s molecular code.

Palm oil producer launches peatland protection project in Indonesia

A palm oil producer’s pledge to rehabilitate peatland in Indonesia will provide momentum for industry-wide change, it says.

World Cocoa Foundation names interim president

Industry-backed cocoa sustainability organization the World Cocoa Foundation has appointed an interim president ahead of incumbent Bill Guyton’s planned departure.

UK makes sustainable palm oil strides – but will it make its 100% certified target by 2015?

UK palm oil imports were 72% sustainable in 2014 – up from 55% in 2013, according to an annual progress report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Cryogenic freezing aids cookie manufacturing, says Linde exec

An executive at Linde claims cryogenic freezing is allows cookie manufacturers to produce a more consistent product.

Chocolate market to exceed $26bn by 2018: Packaged Facts

The chocolate market will exceed $26bn in the US by 2018, according to a recent report.

Interview: Mondelēz Cocoa Life chief

Cocoa 'businessmen': Mondelēz aims to create enterprising farmers with Barry Callebaut tie-up

Mondelēz International has scaled up its cocoa sustainability program through a partnership with its major supplier Barry Callebaut and has set a long-term goal of professionalizing the cocoa sector.

Asia's real chocolate shift slowed by rising costs, says Aalst

Asian chocolate players are expected to opt for compound coatings over real chocolate in 2016 due to the rising costs of cocoa, says supplier Aalst.

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Fairtrade CEO: Chocolate industry should pay double for cocoa to ensure farmer living income

Chocolate makers must pay double the market price for cocoa farmers to receive a living income, says the CEO of Fairtrade as the organization gears up to review pricing.

News in brief

World Cocoa Foundation president Bill Guyton resigns

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has announced the resignation of its president Bill Guyton.

Smart chocolate may eventually be used to treat Alzheimer’s, says neurologist

Cocoa extracts could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and may eventually come in chocolate form, according to a leading neurology doctor.

Praline popularity: Aunt Aggie De’s seeking growth outside Texas with new flavor

Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines, one of Texas' best-known praline makers, is trying to boost its popularity outside of the Lone Star State.

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

Hershey fortified peanut butter project feeds Ghanaian stomachs and economy

Chocolate giant Hershey has committed to 100% local peanuts for its Ghana school feeding programme.

Could pecans be the next big ‘better for you’ ingredient in snacking?

Pecans could become a mainstay ingredient across the bakery and snacks industry as consumers look for more versatility in their products, says the Center for Pecan Innovation.

Mars, Nestlé and Hershey face fresh cocoa child labor class action lawsuits

Three class action lawsuits brought in California allege Mars, Nestlé and Hershey use child labor to produce their best-selling chocolate brands. The firms say they are tackling the issue and...

Pick your flavor: Colombian cocoa industry discovers 14 new Fino de Aroma cocoa genomes

Fourteen genomes of Colombian Fino de Aroma cocoa have been discovered and analyzed in research that could lead to unique flavors for the chocolate market.

‘You can’t say you’re sustainable when you’re not reaching the majority,’ says cocoa farmer body

Cocoa sustainability to take 50 more years without step change: ICCFO

The International Cocoa Farmers Organization has called on the chocolate industry to directly source from cocoa farmers and support efforts to reach 90% of farmers it says have been neglected...

Taylors eyes future coffee investment

Taylors of Harrogate will bring the production of its new coffee capsule products in-house as soon as possible, factory manager John Hennighan has said.

KitKat commits to only sustainable cocoa by early 2016

Nestlé plans to source only sustainable cocoa for its global KitKat brand in order to strengthen consumer trust.

Sugarcane conditions kill: The deadly epidemic confectioners and soft drink makers ‘can’t walk away from’

Perilous working conditions for sugarcane growers in Central America have claimed around 20,000 lives in the past decade and supply chain advisor Solidaridad says the food and drink industry can...

Cocoa Outlook

Dry West African weather to bring 56,000 MT cocoa deficit in 2015/16: Rabobank

Rabobank has forecast a small cocoa deficit for the next cocoa year as dry weather harms production in Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire.

Cocoa processing comes to Trinidad and Tobago for first time

The republic of Trinidad & Tobago will have a cocoa-processing facility for the first time in its history.

Money talks! Norway withdraws from 4 Asian palm oil firms

The Norwegian national investment fund has cut ties with four major Asian companies, citing the risk of ‘severe environmental damage’ as a result of palm oil plantations.

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