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Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses to prosper on cocoa farms, according to an Oxfam campaigner.

Origins: Cocoa’s coming home

Nicaragua: A future fine flavor cocoa origin, but work needed

Nicaragua holds potential as a future fine flavor cocoa origin as farmers shift from coffee to cocoa, but much work is needed to improve fermentation practices, according to Atlanta Chocolate’s...

One step closer: Hershey ‘goes beyond RSPO’ in fresh palm oil pledge

Hershey has developed a palm oil sourcing policy that it claims goes further than its previous Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) commitment.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products?

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

Oxfam calls for greater controls on huge agri public–private partnerships

The increasing trend towards government investment partnerships with large multinationals threatens land rights, equality and the environment in Africa, an Oxfam report warns.

Patent Watch

Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would maintain the final chocolate taste and allow for a more consistent flavor.

Hershey and Cargill team up on Ivorian cocoa program

Hershey has partnered with its supplier Cargill to bring its cocoa sustainability program to the Côte d’Ivoire, helping farmers achieve UTZ certification. 

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte D’Ivoire and has allowed a US...

Fairtrade certified goods on the up in producer countries

Consumers in producer countries are increasingly interested in Fairtrade certified products as a means of supporting their domestic economy, according to Fairtrade International’s annual report.

Chocolatiers offered ‘some release’ as ICCO extends cocoa surplus

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has revised its estimate for the 2013/14 cocoa season and now expects a slightly larger supply surplus.

Editor's Blog

Over half of certified cocoa may be sold as conventional cocoa

Over half of cocoa grown on certified farms may be sold as conventional cocoa rather than commanding a premium price for farmers.

Fully certified cocoa ‘a prerequisite for doing business in chocolate’, Cloetta tells SMEs

Buying certified cocoa only from third party organizations such as UTZ Certified is now an essential part of doing business for all chocolate companies, not just the big ones, says...

First half of 2014 brings record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Demand for the sustainable oil is rising faster than supply for the first time as total sales of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) reach more than 2.4 million metric tonnes (MT).

Premium chocolatiers take note: Colombia to renew high-quality cocoa plantations

Higher cocoa prices in the international market could kick-start Colombia’s plans to replant up to 80,000 ha of its cocoa bean acreage.

Soaring hazelnut prices heap pressure on confectioners

Rising hazelnut prices are putting further pressure on confectionery manufacturers, who are already contending with mounting cocoa costs.

Nestlé boosts efforts to stamp out child labour

Nestlé aims to step up efforts to eradicate child labour in the cocoa supply chain, after an independent report indicated progress was being made, but more needed to be done.

‘Watch out for Central America’: Quality cocoa set to surge

The next several years will herald a surge in quality cocoa volumes from Central America creating opportunities for premium origin chocolates, says Lutheran World Relief.

Nestlé to source 100% sustainable cocoa for UK and Ireland by 2015

Nestlé’s will use sustainable cocoa for 100% of its UK and Ireland portfolio by the end of 2015, up from its current 60% mark.

German choc firm shifts packaging to Poland in search of cheaper labor

Hachez, owned by the Danish Toms Group, will move part of its packaging production from Germany to Poland in an attempt to claw back some of its recent losses.

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

‘New chapter’ in sourcing: Ritter controls supply chain with own cocoa plantation in Nicaragua

Ritter Sport has purchased land for a cocoa plantation in Nicaragua to eventually cover 30% of its cocoa needs and give it greater control of its supply.

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields and quality, while giving chocolate manufacturers greater control of their supply chain, says...

Paying the price of chocolate: Breaking cocoa farming's cycle of poverty

Industry voices discuss whether raising suggested retail prices for chocolate could incentivise cocoa farmers to invest in farms, bring them out of poverty and keep the next generation growing cocoa.

AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

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