Regulation & Safety

Alvin Lee. Pic Cargill

In brief

CAA appoints Cargill director as new chairman

By Anthony Myers

The Cocoa Association of Asia (CAA) has announced it has elected Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s Commercial Director for Asia-Pacific, Alvin Lee, as the new chairman of the Association for the next two years, with immediate effect.

Montpellier's Corum Convention Centre. Pic: visit-languedoc.fr

Policy

ICCO Symposium on cocoa research to be held in France in September

By Anthony Myers

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), in partnership with the French institution Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), has announced its second edition of the International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR) will take...

Food security priorities are driving applicants for Olam's Food Prize 2021. Pic: Olam International

Innovation

Olam extends food prize application deadline to March

By Anthony Myers

Olam International Limited, one of the world’s leading food, cocoa and agri-businesses, has extended the application deadline for its bi-annual innovation prize to March 15, 2021, citing the challenges of COVID-19.

Food companies selling vanilla-flavored products have been hit with a wave of lawsuits. Picture: GettyImages-OlgaMiltsova

GUEST ARTICLE: The scoop on all that vanilla flavor litigation

By Robert Guite and Abby Meyer, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

If your company sells any vanilla-flavored food or beverage product, then you are probably aware of the innumerable class action cases that have been filed over the last 18 months attacking these products – 67 cases by our count. Here, we trace the history...

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Brexit

Brexit transition: time is running out

By Anthony Myers

There are new rules for businesses and citizens from 1 January 2021 – and companies in the food sector have been urged to act now to be ready if new trading rules between the UK and EU come into force at the beginning of 2021.

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....

An advertising ban on HFSS foods could result in a £3bn loss for the food industry. Pics: GettyImages/Eskemar/Suradech 14/happy_lark

£500m at risk if promotion ban on HFSS bakery and snacks goes ahead

By Gill Hyslop

The predictive analytics provider told BakeryandSnacks the UK savoury snacks industry stands to lose £381.1m, while the bakery sector is at risk of losing £143.4m should the government’s injunction on advertising products labelled as high in fat, sugar...

A cocoa farmer in Cote d'Ivoire  Pic: Mars

Coronavirus

Mars updates its ongoing COVID-19 Response Plan

By Anthony Myers

In April, Mars committed US$20m in cash and in-kind donations to support the people, pets, and communities most affected by COVID-19, including communities in cocoa-growing.

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