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John Downs delivered his State of the Industry speech online this year. Pic: ConfectioneryNews

NCA - State of the Industry Conference 2021

SOTIC21: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough eat gummy bears’

By John Downs

In an exclusive article for ConfectioneryNews, NCA president and CEO John Downs follows his opening address at this year’s virtual State of the Industry Conference, with a look back on a tumultuous year and presents a positive outlook for 2021 as life...

Who owns the data data in the cocoa supply chain? Pic: Sourcemap

Chocoa21

Is data the currency of success in cocoa supply chain transparency?

By Anthony Myers

Following recent news that The European Union will contribute €25m to boost the sustainability of cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, the first session at this year’s Chocoa21 conference, held online from Amsterdam, could turn...

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2020 - a year like no other

ICYMI: Here’s our top 10 most popular confectionery stories of 2020

By Anthony Myers

From the WCF and Tony’s Chocolonely hosting fantastic events online, Barry Callebaut launching ground-breaking 3D-printing and the NCA’s John Downs steadying the ship in Florida as the coronavirus begins to swirl around the confectionery industry, we...

Daniel Aboagye, a cocoa farmer in Ghana's Western Region. Pic: Kristy Leissle

I am a cocoa farmer: Daniel Aboagye, Western Region, Ghana

'Cocoa pays for everything'

By Kristy Leissle

In the third of her occasional 'I am a cocoa farmer series', cocoa scholar Kristy Leissle talks to Daniel Aboagye, who is not only a farmer but a recorder, or purchasing clerk, for the Kuapa Kokoo licensed cocoa buying company (LBC), so he has...