Regulation & Safety

The EU has taken a close look at responsible consumption and production, the WCF Partnership Meeting was told.  Pic EU

WCFPM21

Will EU legislation usher in a new era for cocoa sustainability?

By Anthony Myers

The World Cocoa Foundation’s Partnership Meeting heard a timely debate on EU landmark legal proposals set to be imposed that will mean that cocoa, along with other commodities such as palm oil and beef, linked to deforestation, will be banned from entering...

Stretches of Brazil's rainforest have been cut down, but it is one of the signatories at COP26 to end deforestation by 2030. Pic: WCF

COP26

Fairtrade: COP 26 is a ‘cop out’

By Anthony Myers

‘This COP’s outcome is in many ways a cop out, a frustrating conclusion to this summit filled with hope that we would see a start to the healing of our world… said Mary Kinyua, responding to the outcome of the Glasgow summit.

Climate change and extreme weather conditions will threaten Fairtrade farmers' livelihoods. Pic: GettyImages

Enviornment

Fairtrade Farmers issue urgent warning on climate change to COP26

By Anthony Myers

As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26) gets underway today in a rainy Glasgow, a new Fairtrade study has revealed findings that ‘paints a bleak picture’ of the future for cocoa and other commodities.

TCHO also donates $10,000 annually to the African Cocoa Initiative II programme. Pic: TCHO

Governance

TCHO Chocolate awarded B Corp Certification

By Anthony Myers

Company’s work in reputable sourcing and community development were among the many attributes that warranted its qualification, said the body.

Blommer Chocolate is a owned by Fuji Holdings Inc. Pic:  Blommer Chocolate

Regulation

Blommer bans animal tests on ingredients after PETA push

By Anthony Myers

Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and chocolate ingredient supplier in North America, has announced it has joined a growing list of major chocolate manufacturers, such as Arcor, Barry Callebaut, Ezaki Glico Co, The Hershey Company,...

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Could mandatory fruit and veg sections near entrances be next?

By Oliver Morrison

With the UK set to roll out restrictions on unhealthy food promotions in stores next year, fresh research claims healthier supermarket layouts, including fruit and vegetables placed near store entrances, improves customers’ food choices.

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Regulation

European Cocoa Association adds five new members to the fold

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA), whose primary role is to act as an intermediary between the EU and cocoa producing countries when key concerns for the cocoa sector are under discussion, has announced the appointment of five new companies, bringing...

The Rainforest Alliance was able offer assistance to cocoa farmers from different countries. Pic: Cargill

Sustainability

Rainforest Alliance holds strong for cocoa farmers hit by the pandemic

By Anthony Myers

Its latest report highlights the new 2020 Rainforest Alliance certification programme (which has replaced former Rainforest Alliance and UTZ programmes since July 2021), the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has worked to transform the cocoa...

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Sustainability

Ombar chocolate applies to become B Corp certified

By Anthony Myers

The raw cacao chocolate brand has been striving to become as socially responsible as possible in its supply chain, using natural ingredients like raw, 100% organic Ecuadorian cacao, unrefined coconut sugar and fruit for its product. It is also gluten...

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Regulation

ICC extends International Cocoa Agreement until 2024

By Anthony Myers

During a special session held earlier this month, the International Cocoa Council (ICC) said it has extended the duration of the seventh International Cocoa Agreement by two years to 30 September 2024.