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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.

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official...

CIUS: EU must act on sugar shortage risk

The Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on EU member states and the Commission to take adequate measures to avoid sugar shortages and guarantee a sufficient stock level...

Dispatches from State of the Industry Conference in Miami

Not in industry’s interests to raise chocolate prices in face of cocoa shortfall: NCA

Chocolate makers are well prepared for current cocoa deficit forecasts and will only be forced to raise prices if other inputs such transportation become costlier along with cocoa, according to...

Guest article

Oxfam's sustainability scorecard: Spurring a race to the top for the food industry

Food and drink companies can have a big influence over sustainability and ethical issues in their supply chains - and have the power to change them rapidly. One year on from...

Is methane from palm oil waste the next industry climate concern?

While the debate about deforestation due to palm oil rumbles on, new research has suggested that the release of methane from palm oil processing wastewater may also be a significant...

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only...

Sustainable cocoa supply

‘If I die, I will produce no more cocoa. You will not have any more,' warns Ivorian farmer

The chocolate industry should embrace certification to improve the livelihoods of farmers or risk losing a generation of cocoa growers, according to the head of a Fairtrade cocoa cooperative in...

IOI Loders Croklaan doubles sustainable palm oil supply in 2013

Palm oil supplier IOI Loders Croklaan surpassed its goal to increase volumes of certified sustainable palm oil to 30% of total European sales last year – and has certified all...

News in brief

Barry Callebaut buys out organic cocoa supplier Biolands

Barry Callebaut has acquired the remaining 51% stake in organic certified cocoa bean supplier Biolands.

Sugar industry set to follow cocoa’s lead on sustainability, says Fairtrade

Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International.

News in brief

Ferrero moves to enhance Serbian hazelnut production

Italian confectioner Ferrero has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Serbian government to support hazelnut growing in the country.

Exclusive interview

Fairtrade chocolate set for uplift after fresh approach

Fairtrade International is offering a new sourcing program that it hopes will inspire more confectioners to purchase Fairtrade cocoa.

Improved chocolate quality with controlled cocoa fermentation, says Barry Callebaut

The taste of chocolate can be vastly improved by adding starter cultures during cacao bean fermentation, according to Barry Callebaut.

Yildiz Holding makes social investment in sustainable cocoa

Godiva owner Yildiz Holding has made one of its first social investments in sustainable cocoa by sponsoring Cémoi, Blommer Chocolate and Delfi’s Processors Alliance for Cocoa Traceability and Sustainability (PACTS)...

News in brief

ICCO clarifies 2012/13 cocoa deficit after leak

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has reiterated its cocoa deficit forecast for the 2012/13 season after a public leak led the market to erroneously believe the shortfall was greater than expected.

Children and chocolate: The sweet industry's bitter side

NGOs say human trafficking and child labor remain deep-seated problems of the cocoa industry as a Nestlé, ADM and Cargill court case stirs up old supply chain concerns.

Dispatches from ISM 2014 in Cologne

Sustainability and health needs grow at ISM, says organizer

The confectionery industry is in good shape and demand for sustainable products and those catering to health needs has never been higher, according to ISM organizer Koelnmesse.

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM face child slavery case

Three Malian men have won the right to bring their civil child slavery case against Nestlé, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to Californian courts.

Chocolate with savory flavors and micronutrients: ADM Cocoa flags 2014 R&D priorities

ADM Cocoa unveils where it plans to concentrate its R&D efforts in 2014.

News in brief

Asia cocoa grind climbs 10%

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 10% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

UTZ: Certification is our weapon against cocoa deficit

Certification is one of the most potent tools for chocolate makers to avoid serious cocoa shortages and to improve the lives of farmers, according to the burgeoning certified cocoa organization, UTZ...

Mondelez touts 100% RSPO-certified palm oil - two years ahead of schedule

Mondelez International reached its 2015 goal of sourcing 100% RSPO-certified palm oil for all its purchases last year – two years ahead of schedule, the company has said.

Editor's Blog

The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014

Not quite the choc-pocalypse, but retail prices for chocolate are expected to rise in the face of cocoa price hikes, which could see the taste, shape and size of chocolate...

Oxfam aftermath: Women central to the future of cocoa, says Mars

A sustainable cocoa supply chain is reliant on women, who provide a large portion of the labor and often invest earnings on items that benefit their community, says Mars Chocolate...

Hershey ups palm oil pledge but Greenpeace wants more

Hershey has committed to purchasing 100% traceable and sustainably-sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but has reservations about timelines and terminology.

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