Regulation & Safety

The Earthworm Foundation has two decades of experience of transforming supply chains. Pic: Earthworm Foundation

Sustainability

Belgian chocolatier Godiva joins Earthworm Foundation

By Anthony Myers

Godiva has become the Earthworm Foundation member, laying the foundation for implementing the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI) commitment to protect forests and the rights of people linked with growing and harvesting the cocoa used in its products.

Fairtrade America hires Peg Willingham as new executive director

Fairtrade

Fairtrade America hires Peg Willingham as new executive director

By Anthony Myers

In her new role, Willingham will lead the US chapter of Fairtrade International in increasing brand awareness and engagement with consumers and businesses as well as identifying new partnership opportunities and expanding Fairtrade’s influence in policy...

The three initiatives bring together a large part of the national cocoa and chocolate industry. Pic: ConfectioneryNews

Sustainability

European platforms for sustainable cocoa join forces for stronger commitment

By Anthony Myers

Three European platforms for sustainable cocoa, The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO) and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)’ to instigate...

Puratos has ramped up its presence in Africa. Pic: GettyImages/Ridofranz

Puratos boosts food security in Africa with expanded presence

By Gill Hyslop

The global ingredients specialist has opened subsidiaries in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Nigeria to cement customer relationships and localise production using indigenous raw materials, which will lessen the continent’s reliance on food imports and...

Flashback to the WCF's last partnership Meeting in Berlin. Pic: WCF

Coronavirus

WCF’s 2020 Partnership Meeting goes virtual

By Anthony Myers

The World Cocoa Foundation’s (WCF) 2020 Partnership Meeting, set to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on November 18 and 19, has been switched to an online-only event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has announced.

Harold Poelma. Pic: Cargill

Appointments

Cargill’s Poelma elected as new ECA chairman

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has announced Cargill president of Cocoa & Chocolate, Harold Poelma, as the new chairman of the Association for the next two years, effective immediately.

EU-UK trade talks are set to resume next month after disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: European Union

Brexit

CAOBISCO calls on EU and UK to extend FTA talks

By Anthony Myers

CAOBISCO, the Association of the Chocolate, Biscuits & Confectionery Industries of Europe, has called on the EU and UK authorities to extend free trade agreement (FTA) talks fearing a balanced trade agreement could be jeopardised because of the COVID-19...

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