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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.

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.

Keeping sugar same in TPP ‘unsustainable and unacceptable’: NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is pushing for Australia to be allowed to export more sugar to the US under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it decries plans to...

Emerging origin

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers circle India for single origin opportunity

At least five premium chocolate makers are looking to build up India’s cocoa sector to produce single origin Indian chocolate.


Undiscovered flavors? Ecuador unveils plans to bolster fine flavor cocoa sector

The Ecuadorian government hopes to industrialize its fine flavor cocoa sector with large scale cluster plantations producing novel varieties of cacao.

Tulane Survey

Hazardous cocoa child labor climbs 18% in West Africa: ‘Rallying call’ for chocolate industry to step up

The cocoa and chocolate industry acknowledges it must do more to combat cocoa child labor after the number of kids working in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in Ghana and...

Cocoa prices to stay high amid election run-up in Côte D’Ivoire, says Rabobank

Financial agri services group Rabobank predicts cocoa futures will remain above $3,000 per metric ton until after Côte D’Ivoire’s October general election.

Unsustainable standards? Questioning the ethics of sustainable sourcing

A growing trend for sustainability certifications and on pack ‘branding’ could mean manufacturers are missing the wider point of sustainability issues and may confuse consumers so much they no longer...

Chocolate makers poised for acquisition spree to control volatile commodities – Euromonitor

Euromonitor International expects more chocolate makers will take vertical control of their supply chains by acquiring commodity suppliers as prices continue to climb.

The outsiders: Cocoa farmer voice missing in chocolate industry productivity push, says ICCFO

Cocoa farmers are largely excluded from decision making in the chocolate industry’s efforts to boost cocoa productivity but have a right to be heard, says a new international farmer’s organization...

Chocolate makers accused of leveraging 'loophole' on child slavery

The National Confectioners Association has hit back at U.S. senators it says mischaracterized the chocolate industry’s efforts on preventing labor rights abuses on cocoa farms in West Africa. But some Fair...

Cocoa disease threat triggers Brazilian ban on green coffee imports from Peru

A major sanitary threat to Brazil’s cocoa crop has prompted Brazilian authorities to suspend green (arabica) coffee imports from Peru indefinitely.

Ivorian cocoa embargo likely if Nestlé, ADM and Cargill child slavery case succeeds, says judge

U.S. chocolate manufacturers would forgo buying cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire if a case against three major cocoa processors succeeds, warns a dissenting judge.

Sharing the goodness: Hershey’s conveys progress its 2014 CSR report

The Hershey Company made significant progress against its responsible sourcing and sustainability commitments in 2014, according to its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

CocoaAction to initiate ‘unprecedented’ $52m education program in cocoa communities

The industry-backed platform CocoaAction has partnered with the Jacob’s Foundation for a $52m education program for cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire, where the majority of young people fail to...

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