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Dispatches from World Cocoa Conference 2014

Cocoa surplus for 2013/14; small deficit for next season - ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a cocoa surplus for the current crop year, but said the market would return to a small deficit next year.

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified strike pilot cocoa certification partnership

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.

Mondelēz adds third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has allowed Harvard University to measure the impact of its Cocoa Life sustainability program.

Dispatches from the World Cocoa Conference 2014

‘We can afford to increase the price of chocolate,’ says ICCO executive director

Manufacturers can increase the price of chocolate without fear of putting off consumers thus ensuring cocoa farmers are fairly paid, according to executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).

Joining the cocoa dots: 12 confectionery titans join CocoaAction strategy

A dozen of the world's biggest confectioners have signed up to the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction - something the organisation says will join the dots of existing sustainability programmes. ...

News in brief

Forget the World Cup: World Cocoa Conference kicks off this week

ConfectioneryNews will be bringing you the latest on cocoa sustainability from the World Cocoa Conference 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this week.

European RSPO 2014

Sustainable palm oil pressures worrying to emerging economies

Food businesses and consumers don’t understand the impact emerging economies could face if pressure to source 100% sustainable palm oil builds too quickly, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) sustainable development manager...

World Environment Day - June 5 2014 - Driving action on climate change

Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

RSPO Europe Roundtable: Tweet by tweet

International industry and NGO's have gathered in London to discuss key issues in traceability and how new labelling rules will impact the quest for sustainable palm oil in Europe and...

CKG cashing-in on burgeoning Middle East chocolate market

Ivory Coast-based, CKG Group Holding is to expand its chocolate operations into Oman in a joint venture with the ‘Sultanate’.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

New UTZ code: Child labor ‘prevention’, climate changes, living wages and gender equality

Certifiers UTZ says a redraft of its code of conduct focuses on ‘prevention’ and monitoring of child labor on farms as well as including new measures around climate change.

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

Guest article

No future for chocolate if cocoa farmers are deep-rooted in poverty

Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.

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.

Key Insights from Food Vision

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...

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.

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.

News in brief

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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