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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.

Chocolatiers back project for world’s first certified sustainable hazelnuts

UTZ Certified has begun a three-year initiative to develop a certified sustainable hazelnut supply in Turkey, which accounts for 70% of global production.

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

2020 sustainable cocoa targets ‘a tall order’ – Intertek

Chocolate makers may struggle to guarantee their entire cocoa supply comes from a sustainable source by 2020 targets, according to auditing service Intertek.

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Ferrero makes Fairtrade cocoa commitment after rule change

Italian confectioner Ferrero has agreed to purchase 20,000 MT of certified cocoa over 3 years under Fairtrade International’s new Cocoa Program.

Court refuses to dismiss Hershey child labor case

A US court has refused to dismiss a civil case against Hershey alleging complicity in illegal child labor and human trafficking on cocoa farms in West Africa.

No country for hard candy: Production stays in Mexico until US adopts ‘level playing field’ sugar regime, says Spangler Candy

US headquartered firm Spangler Candy says it will not move large volumes of its production back to the US from Mexico until the US government creates a domestic sugar regime...

Industry is "on the back foot" with sustainability trends

Food and drink firms must be more proactive at assessing the sustainability of their products and ingredients, rather than reacting to market interest, according to Leatherhead Food Research expert Emma...

Self-regulation on cocoa child trafficking inadequate: NGO points finger at Mondelēz

NGO STOP THE TRAFFIK has accused Mondelēz International of lagging behind its rivals by attempting to self-regulate child trafficking in the cocoa sector.

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

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Weiss powder praline aims to cut waste

Powder praline will help confectioners cut waste and save production time previously lost with paste separation, says French chocolate maker Weiss.

Nestlé wants to empower more women to work in engineering

As the United Nations held its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in New York, last week, Nestlé shared its efforts to encourage women worldwide to work in the marketplace...

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official...

CIUS: EU must act on sugar shortage risk

The Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on EU member states and the Commission to take adequate measures to avoid sugar shortages and guarantee a sufficient stock level...

Dispatches from State of the Industry Conference in Miami

Not in industry’s interests to raise chocolate prices in face of cocoa shortfall: NCA

Chocolate makers are well prepared for current cocoa deficit forecasts and will only be forced to raise prices if other inputs such transportation become costlier along with cocoa, according to...

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Oxfam's sustainability scorecard: Spurring a race to the top for the food industry

Food and drink companies can have a big influence over sustainability and ethical issues in their supply chains - and have the power to change them rapidly. One year on from...

Is methane from palm oil waste the next industry climate concern?

While the debate about deforestation due to palm oil rumbles on, new research has suggested that the release of methane from palm oil processing wastewater may also be a significant...

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only...

Sustainable cocoa supply

‘If I die, I will produce no more cocoa. You will not have any more,' warns Ivorian farmer

The chocolate industry should embrace certification to improve the livelihoods of farmers or risk losing a generation of cocoa growers, according to the head of a Fairtrade cocoa cooperative in...

IOI Loders Croklaan doubles sustainable palm oil supply in 2013

Palm oil supplier IOI Loders Croklaan surpassed its goal to increase volumes of certified sustainable palm oil to 30% of total European sales last year – and has certified all...

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Barry Callebaut buys out organic cocoa supplier Biolands

Barry Callebaut has acquired the remaining 51% stake in organic certified cocoa bean supplier Biolands.

Sugar industry set to follow cocoa’s lead on sustainability, says Fairtrade

Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International.

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Ferrero moves to enhance Serbian hazelnut production

Italian confectioner Ferrero has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian government to support hazelnut growing in the country.

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Fairtrade chocolate set for uplift after fresh approach

Fairtrade International is offering a new sourcing program that it hopes will inspire more confectioners to purchase Fairtrade cocoa.

Improved chocolate quality with controlled cocoa fermentation, says Barry Callebaut

The taste of chocolate can be vastly improved by adding starter cultures during cacao bean fermentation, according to Barry Callebaut.

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