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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.

Cocoa in the Congo: Emerging origin for organic chocolate makers

Cocoa production is thriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presenting an opportunity for the chocolate industry, say stakeholders working in the country.

Grinding in profits: European cocoa processing rises 2% in Q2

The European cocoa grind has risen in the second quarter (Q2) as it became more profitable to process cocoa.

Divine Chocolate reports 40% profit growth in 2016

Divine Chocolate has posted a surge in fiscal 2016 profit as strong US sales offsets a drop in UK revenues.

Unknown faces: Who are the farmers behind your cocoa and palm?

Confectionery companies should collectively push suppliers to make traceability the norm rather than a premium service, as it is the only way to guarantee sustainable cocoa and palm oil, says...

Chocolate confectionery contributes most to value sales of sustainable cocoa products: Euromonitor

Sales of cocoa-based products featuring a sustainable trade and farming label, such as Fairtrade, is set to be valued at $8.9bn in 2017, Euromonitor said. 

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Caobisco encourages deadlines for 100% certified cocoa and palm oil

EU confectionery trade body Caobisco is encouraging its members to set a date by which they will source all cocoa and palm oil from a certified sustainable source.

More child labor prevention needed as cocoa prices fall, warn UTZ and ICI

 A sharp decline in cocoa prices could put children at increased risk of child labor unless more is done, say the heads of UTZ and ICI.

Mondelēz signs deal with Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana deal to reduce cocoa deforestation

Mondelēz’s sustainability program, Cocoa Life, will collaborate with governments in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana to reduce deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

Nestlé comes out top in report assessing chocolate companies for their progress tackling child labor

Nestlé Cocoa Plan has come out top in a report by Stop the Traffik and Baptist World Aid Australia assessing the progress made by chocolate companies and certification organizations in tackling...

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UTZ and Rainforest Alliance merger to set cocoa sustainability standards

Sustainability certification organizations, UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance, are expected to merge in the fall of 2017. 

Divine Chocolate expands UK and global listings

Divine Chocolate is expanding its export portfolio announcing new listings with existing customers Waitrose and BP Connect in the UK, and Walgreens in the US.

Mondelēz reaffirms its commitment to climate change following Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Mondelēz International has reaffirmed its commitment to climate change following US President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

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.

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