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.
Mars has announced plans to ramp up Juicy Fruit production at in its Wrigley plant in Russia.
The chocolate industry should explore longer four-year financing projects for cocoa farmers if it is serious about making the cocoa sector sustainable, says certification body Rainforest Alliance (RA).
Barry Callebaut is to supply Tony’s Chocolonely cocoa butter that can be traced to the Dutch firm’s partner cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.
UK chocolate fans are being offered a taste of Brazil through bean-to-bar chocolate company Aquim.
Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.
Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – has pledged to use only cocoa from Rainforest Alliance sources in its private-label chocolate.
Mars is working on packaging developments including a ‘fresh pack’ without an aluminum layer after missing its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or recoverable by 2015.
This site attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York to see how trends including clean labels and plant-based protein are shaping the snacks and confectionery markets.
John Cadbury’s great great great grandson, James Cadbury, has received 150 orders in only five days after he launched his chocolate startup, Love Cocoa.
Ecuador’s cocoa industry is vying to increase its efficiency by exploiting technology, but says farm sizes must increase to allow mechanization.
Bean-to-bar chocolate has taken the US market by storm as small businesses offer unique flavors through a single source of cocoa beans.
Cocoa living income may need to quadruple to secure the long term future of the crop, says Mars’ global procurement head.
French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....
Stakeholders at the World Cocoa Conference 2016 acknowledge there is a long road ahead to reach full cocoa sustainability.
Ferrara Candy has set aside $10m in total marketing for its Black Forest Organic brand this year, including the first national digital campaign for the brand.
Confectionery products account for 1% of total packaged food that carries a sustainable palm oil label, according to new ethical labels data from Euromonitor.
The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in...
Ferrero is to double the amount of Fairtrade cocoa it purchases and will buy Fairtrade sugar for the first time as it targets 100% ‘sustainable' sugar by 2020.
Barry Callebaut is expanding its sustainability program in Indonesia and has announced plans to train 50,000 farmers in good agricultural practice by 2020.
Businesses including Barry Callebaut, Mars and Nestlé are part of a new program designed to help cocoa farmers adapt to the threat of climate change.
Premium candy manufacturer Divine Chocolate unveiled two new flavors for its bar range at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago last week.
Mondelēz International has called on palm oil supplier IOI Group to withdraw its legal action against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Cocoa producer living income can be increased by gradually introducing large estates in traditionally smallholder areas, says the International Cocoa Organization’s executive director.
Swiss startup Choba Choba, partly owned by cocoa producers, has created an ultra-premium chocolate range made using a hybrid of CCN-51 and native Peruvian cocoa.
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has appointed its next full-time president, while Cargill has named a new global head of its cocoa and chocolate businesses.