Regulation & Safety

This year’s Forum focused on traceability as a key enabler for sustainability in cocoa. Pic: CN

ECA Forum 2022

Cocoa and chocolate companies agree to share farmer data

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa and chocolate companies have announced greater cooperation and a willingness willing to share their cocoa farmer data with Ivorian and Ghanaian authorities to further traceability.

Cocoa farmers and their communities benefit from the promotion of sustainable beans. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Sustainability

Barry Callebaut increases Cocoa Horizons in Nigeria

By Anthony Myers

Barry Callebaut has announced it is extending its Cocoa Horizons programme in Nigeria, pledging to pay an additional amount of 26 million Naira ($40,841) in premiums for deliveries of sustainable cocoa beans in the 2021-2022 season.

Chocolate dream: A new initiative from HAPPi and Luker Chocolate aims to nurture children in sustainable cocoa practices. Pic: Luker Chocolate

Sustainability

HAPPi invests in future cocoa change-makers with Luker Chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Oat m!lk chocolate brand, HAPPi, is teaming up with Luker Chocolate to create Kids for Nature, an exciting new project that aims to protect the remarkable wildlife of Colombia by educating the next generation to become guardians of their ecosystem.

This years Chocovision becomes part of the ECA's Cocoa Forum. Pic: Chocovision

Regulation

ECA announces programme for its Rome Cocoa Forum

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has released details of the programme and speakers for its European Cocoa Forum, which takes place from 13 to 15 September 2022 in Rome.

The EU is set introduce legislation on deforestation and corporate sustainability due diligence. Pic: EU

sustainability

EU and West African cocoa sector endorse new Alliance on Sustainable Cocoa

By Anthony Myers

At the end of the recent ‘Cocoa Talks’, between EU, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and the cocoa sector, parties jointly endorsed an ‘Alliance on Sustainable Cocoa’, an ambitious roadmap to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of cocoa...

Jack Steijn (centre), Director & Co-founder of Equipoise and Chocoa, sits in on one of the hybrid sessions from the conference. Pic: CN

Chocoa 2022

Hybrid Chocoa 2022 stays on message

By Anthony Myers

The Chocoa Conference returned to Amsterdam earlier this month with a live-virtual hybrid get-together of important stakeholders from the cocoa sector.

ECOM's Smarter Cocoa Charter sets out its sustainability aims. Pic: ECOM

Sustainability

ECOM launches its first Smarter Cocoa Charter

By Anthony Myers

Global cocoa supplier ECOM has published its first Smarter Cocoa Charter to set out its sustainability mission and commitments ‘to grow a smarter future for cocoa’.

The ECA has released its preliminary programme for the 2022 Cocoa Forum in Rome. Pic: ECA

ECA Cocoa Forum 2022

Eary-bird rates still available for ECA Cocoa Forum in Rome

By Anthony Myers

Early-bird rates for the European Cocoa Association Forum in September are available until 31 May. The two-day conference will feature high-level speakers from the EU institutions, cocoa producer countries and various other key players of the sector.

Batches of Kinder that have supposed to have been recalled by Ferrero are still on sale in Scotland. Pic: Ferrero

Health & safety

Recalled Kinder products still on sale in Scotland

By Anthony Myers

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are investigating reports that Kinder products linked to a salmonella outbreak in Ferrero's Belgium factory are still on shelves across the country.

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