Regulation & Safety

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Is sustainabity under threat?

Guest post: Navigating a sustainable future through choppy waters

By Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis, President of NEODA and Chief Commercial Officer for KTC Edibles, takes a closer look at sustainability in the oils and fat industry, exploring some of the challenges preventing progress, as well as the positive trends.

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Is sustainability under threat?

Cargill’s Cocoa Promise – 10 years on, what lessons have been learned?

By Anthony Myers

Cargill’s commitment to cocoa sustainability stretches back to 2000, when it began offering seminars to cocoa farmers. Kate Clancy has been with Cargill and working in sustainability since 2011, taking up her recent position of Group Sustainability Director,...

Bakery and snack producers will be mainly concerned with the new EU packaging requirements regarding recyclability, recycled content in plastic packaging and the new labelling rules. Pic: New Africa

The EU prepares to overhaul packaging and waste rules

By Natasha Spencer

With new European Union (EU) packaging rules on the horizon, the bakery and snacks sectors are gearing up to address packaging requirements and waste management policies that better reflect market and environmental needs.

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EU agrees deforestation law

By Jane Byrne

A provisional political agreement has been reached between the EU Parliament and the Council in relation to EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains.

Industry has expressed disappointment in the UK's Autumn Statement, which failed to raise hope for a brighter future. Pic: GettyImages/andresr

UK's Autumn Statement fails to raise industry enthusiasm

By Gill Hyslop

While the government’s plans to further support businesses have been welcomed, the Craft Bakers Association is disappointed by the lack of clarity, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and FDF Scotland would have liked to have seen more measures and Scottish...

Guylian's famous chocolate seashells will now carry the Fairtrade logo. Pic: Fairtrade America

Sustainability

Guylian commits to 100% Fairtrade Certified cocoa

By Anthony Myers

The premium Belgian chocolate brand said the move demonstrates its commitment to sustainable production in its supply chain by prioritising the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.

ofi claims it can can now track cocoa at every stage of its journey from the farm or community. Pic: ofi

Sustainability

Ofi’s Cocoa Compass wins sustainable supply chain award

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa supplier olam food ingredients (ofi), has won the Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year Award at the 2022 Global Good Awards, which recognise businesses, NGOs, charities and social enterprises that are driving social and environmental change.

Cocoa and flower growers experienced the strongest rebounds in 2021, according to Fairtrade. Pic: Fairtrade

Sustainability

Fairtrade cocoa farmers see boost in earnings, according to new report

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa farmers, as well as workers in other commodities and crops, experienced a boost in Fairtrade Premium earnings thanks to a recovery in Fairtrade product sales throughout 2021, Fairtrade International’s latest annual report has revealed.

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CRN: Gummy article harps on problems, ignores benefits

By Hank Schultz

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted potential issues with the formulation and usage of gummy supplements with little attention given to the benefits of these products, the Council for Responsible Nutrition says.

Vegan brand Ombar is now  B-Corp certified. Pic: Ombar

Certification

Ombar joins Global B-Corp community

By Anthony Myers

Vegan chocolate challenger brand Ombar has become the latest company in the UK to obtain its B Corporation certification.