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A new report by NORC assesses the efforts by the cocoa industry to reduce child labour in West Africa Pic: Green America

NORC revises its figures on child labour in West Africa’s cocoa sector after intervention by chocolate industry

Long-awaited US government-funded report from National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) that assesses progress in reducing child labour in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana’s cocoa regions shows figures are lower than previously thought (1.56 million compared to estimates of 2.1 million in 2013/14) but it is still a sobering read for the chocolate industry, despite some signs of progress in trying to eradicate the issue.

Halloween excitement across America is building. Pic: GettyImages

‘Americans are ready for Halloween’

New survey says consumers may choose to celebrate at home and on virtual Zoom parties, as leading paediatrician calls on country to ‘let kids have Halloween’.

The Hostess brand’s history dates back to 1919, when the Hostess CupCake was introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies in 1930. Pic: Hostess Brands

Twinkies and CupCakes rescuer exits Hostess

Dean Metropoulos – punted as the man to have rescued the Hostess brand from extinction – has notified the company that he will resign as chairman of the Board of Directors at the end of 2020 to pursue other commitments.

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