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Most of the cacao produced in Colombia is consumed internally, and a small portion is exported. Pic: Cacao for Peace

Sustainability

Focus on Cordillera Chocolates and Colombia’s Cacao for Peace initiative

By Anthony Myers

Colombia’s Cordillera Chocolates is a world pioneer in cocoa development. Established almost 60 years ago it has been training cocoa growers in various areas of agricultural practices, sustainability issues, disease control and productivity – and the...

How US consumers are falling in love with Katjes vegan gummies

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

How US consumers are falling in love with Katjes vegan gummies

By Anthony Myers

The brand celebrated its entry into the US market with a successful showing at the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 in Chicago. We talk to Eliza G Jahn, Head of Marketing at Katjes USA, to pick over some of the highlights of the event.

Colombian cocoa is known for its premium and distinctive flavour. Pic worldbulletin

Special report

Colombia cocoa’s peaceful transition to global prominence

By Anthony Myers

ConfectioneryNews talked to Jose Puyana, ProColombia's Regional Director for Europe, ahead of a Trade Mission to the UK (31 March to 3 April) to attend the London Coffee Festival, where cocoa producers will be also in attendance.

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Podcast

Inside Ghana Gold, MIA’s new bean-to-bar line

By Anthony Myers

MIA, short for Made in Africa, is branching out from its base in Madagascar to work with cocoa farmers in West Africa. Co-founder Brett Beach tells ConfectioneryNews the reasons behind the move – and also provides an update on the situation on the island...

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Cocoa ingredients trends to watch in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) has revealed five top trends for the confectionery sector this year, with planetary health a key focus, along with amplified taste experiences and premiumization all set to dominate.

Belinda Borck, Impact Editor, Tony's Chocolonely. Pic: Tony's Chocolonely

Podcast

Transparency, not profit, is key at Tony’s Chocolonely

By Anthony Myers

Belinda Borck, Impact Editor at Tony's Chocolonely, talks to CN on the company’s latest impact report and why it is not driven by profit but by creating a fair price for the cocoa farmer and a transparent supply chain.

Cocos farmers Bismark Botwe and his wife Joyce Aidoo on their farm in Ghana, Pic: Kristy Leissle

I am a cocoa farmer: Bismark Botwe, Central Region, Ghana

'Farming cocoa definitely needs a side business'

By Kristy Leissle

In the fifth article in her occasional 'I am a cocoa farmer series', cocoa scholar Kristy Leissle talks to Bismark Botwe, about the struggle to make a decent living income from farming cocoa – and why he is now saving the ‘sweatings’ from the...

Ama Ampomaa (right) with her sister Felicia Asare on the family's cocoa farm in Ghana. Pic: Kristy Leissle

I am a cocoa farmer: Ama Ampomaa, Central Region, Ghana

'When cocoa money comes into the country, things get better. Life gets easier'

By Kristy Leissle

In the fourth article in her occasional 'I am a cocoa farmer series', cocoa scholar Kristy Leissle talks to Ama Ampomaa, whose family has owned a cocoa farm for more than a century and today she and her siblings control around one hundred plots...

Pacha de Cacao is one of the first brands to bring the healthy cacao juice to a wider market. Pic: Pacha de Cacao

Guest post

A peek behind the scenes of an innovative start-up: Pacha de Cacao

By Marika van Santvoort

Pacha de Cacao is a 100% natural and nutritious cacao juice made from the fresh pulp of the cacao fruit. Marika van Santvoort founded the company in 2020 and she explains how she was introduced to this most nutritious by-product - and how, as an entrepreneur,...

Deep dive inside Van Houten’s new ruby chocolate powder - LISTEN

Ruby chocolate

Deep dive inside Van Houten’s new ruby chocolate powder - LISTEN

By Anthony Myers

In our latest podcast interview, we talked to Freek van der Knaap, Van Houten’s Vice-President Vending & Beverages EMEA, about the launch of ruby as a chocolate drink powder, which is aimed at professionals working in the catering and confectionery...

'Much of the challenge of reducing deforestation in 2021 comes down to accountability'. Pic: Satelligence

Guest article

The road to 0% deforestation for confectionery FMCGs

By Alan Kroeger

Over the past three decades, the rate of deforestation around the world has noticeably declined. This comes against an ever-increasing societal pressure from consumers and governments for more sustainable food products, which applies to everything from...

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...

Minebea's high-speed checkweighing solution. Pic: Minebea

Production

Increasing productivity in the confectionery industry

By Anthony Myers

The global consumption of confectionery is growing steadily, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and for manufacturers of chocolate, sweets, chewing gum and other confectionery, this means making their production facilities fast, flexible, economical...

Cocoa Horizons farmer Nélida Morán Reyes receives new cocoa seedlings to start training in Good Agricultural Practices. Pic: Barry Callebaut Group

Sustainability

Barry Callebaut introduces its Cocoa Horizons scheme in Ecuador

By Anthony Myers

Following on from the Group’s groundbreaking ceremony in Ecuador for a new state-of-the-art cocoa facility, Barry Callebaut is ramping up its presence in the world’s third largest cocoa-growing country with a wider introduction of its Cocoa Horizons programme....

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