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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.

Barry Callebaut opens Côte d'Ivoire center to teach sustainable cocoa practices

Barry Callebaut has opened its first Cocoa Center of Excellence to teach best practices for sustainable cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire, the world’s number one cocoa-producing country.

Commodities Watch

Cocoa market awaits impact of ADM Cocoa sale

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is in discussions to sell its cocoa processing operations. We find out how potential industry consolidation could affect the cocoa supply.

Third party certification only way to combat cocoa child labor, says campaign group

Corporate sustainability programs do not go far enough to stamp out child labor on cocoa farms - only third party certification will do, says a new campaign.

Editor’s Blog

Mars cocoa genome research no Monsanto GM moment

Mars' cocoa genome research has the potential to avert a cocoa crisis and could benefit farmers in the developing world – it is no GM scandal.

Cocoa sustainability drive gains $3m industry commitment

The chocolate and cocoa industry has pledged $3m in new funds to global cocoa sustainability as major firms including Mondelez, Hershey and Cargill talk about their new initiatives.

Rabobank forecasts consecutive cocoa deficit for 2013/14.

Rabobank is anticipating that cocoa prices will rise higher than previously expected ahead of a consecutive supply and demand deficit in 2013/14.

Editor’s Blog

Fair Trade USA labeling rules: Hoax or fair enough?

Fair Trade USA is considering much maligned changes to its labeling policy that would no longer require brands to source ingredients from a Fair Trade source even when one is...

Cocoa butter equivalent demand rising rapidly, says Global Shea Alliance

Cocoa butter is estimated to be the fat source for around 40% of chocolate bars compared to 5% for cocoa butter equivalents (CBE) – but the balance could be shifting.

NCA president: Sugar reform necessary to preserve US candy industry

Lawrence T. Graham, president of the National Confectioners Association (NCA) said sugar industry reform is needed to keep the American confectionery industry competitive.

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Nestlé Cocoa Plan to expand to US products

Nestlé USA announced at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) show that the company is expanding its Nestlé Cocoa Plan responsible sourcing program to its American product offerings.

Using certified sustainable palm oil no longer good enough, says WWF

Using palm oil certified as sustainable under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is no longer enough to ensure companies are acting responsibly, claims the WWF following the adoption...

News in brief

Natra to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020

Spanish-based chocolate and cocoa ingredients firm Natra has committed to sourcing 100% certified cocoa by 2020.

Cargill starts construction of $100m Indonesian cocoa processing plant

Ingredients supplier Cargill has broken ground on its first cocoa processing facility in Asia located in Gresik, in the East Java region of Indonesia.

Fair Trade USA: Draft policy changes no hoax

Fair Trade USA claims that draft changes to its labeling policy allowing brands with 20% certified ingredients to carry its logo are justified in composite products like chocolate because components...

NGO questions Fair Trade USA chocolate labeling ‘hoax’

Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA's labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients...

News in brief

Mondelez and Callebaut up cocoa sustainability efforts

Mondelez International and Barry Calleabut have announced two projects within their broader commitments to cocoa sustainability.

Mondelez overhauls women’s rights commitment after criticism

Mondelez International has followed its peers Nestlé and Mars in making commitments to tackle gender inequality on cocoa farms after coming under fire from Oxfam and consumers.

New Zealand chocolate consumers ‘trade up’ for ethics and health: Leatherhead

Consumers in New Zealand are spending more on healthier and ethical chocolate variants - a move that has aided growth in the burgeoning sector, an analyst says.

All chocolate at PCC Natural Markets must comply with ethical standards

The US’s largest natural foods retail cooperative PCC Natural Markets claims it has become the first grocer in the nation to sell chocolate made only from ethically sourced cocoa.

Nestlé releases deforestation guides for commodity sourcing

Nestlé has released a series of deforestation guides for commodity sourcing in partnership with Conservation International, to give a clearer idea of where deforestation is occurring globally.

Large fertilizer shipment to Ivory Coast expected to double cocoa yields

A 10,000 ton shipment of fertilizer arrived in the principal cocoa growing nation Ivory Coast today as part of an industry-backed initiative to double productivity on cocoa farms.

RSPO disputes Rainforest Foundation palm oil food guide

A Rainforest Foundation ethical food product guide based on companies’ palm oil use unjustly discourages the use of palm oil even if it is sustainably sourced, claims the Roundtable on...

Oxfam fallout: Mars pledges to empower women cocoa farmers

Mars Chocolate promises to assess conditions for women cocoa farmers and will sign up to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles after Oxfam accused it of neglecting gender inequality.

News in brief

Hershey: 10% certified cocoa by 2013

Hershey has set milestones to certify its entire cocoa supply by 2020 and hopes that 10% will be covered by the end of the year.

EU sugar deficit will not grow, says Euromonitor

The EU’s sugar quota fell three million metric tons short of demand in 2012 leading to an 11% price hike, but the deficit is not expected to increase due to...

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