Regulation & safety

Christine McGrath announced as new WCF chair. Pic: Mondelēz International

Appointments

Christine McGrath takes over from Boone as new WCF Chair

By Anthony Myers

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has announced Christine McGrath, SVP and Chief Impact & Sustainability Officer at Mondelēz International, as its new chair, along with two new board officers.

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Commodities

US Fair Sugar coalition pushes for reform in 2023 Farm Bill

By Anthony Myers

The Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy (AFSP), a broad-based coalition advocating to modernise the outdated US sugar programme established by Congress more than 80 years ago, hosted a recent panel discussion on opportunities to reform the legislation in the...

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Plant-based sector braces for ‘a rough’ 24 months

By Oliver Morrison

The plant-based sector remains an enormous long-term growth opportunity, though investor retrenchment will continue in the short term, investors told the recent Plant-Based Protein Manufacturing Summit in Amsterdam.

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Sustainabilty

New ‘Scorecard’ questions chocolate companies’ sustainability efforts

By Anthony Myers

While many companies claim ‘100% sustainably sourced cocoa’ on their chocolate bars, these sustainability claims cannot be ‘ necessarily’ trusted,' according to the latest ‘Chocolate Scorecard’ that has analysed companies selling chocolate around...

Cote d’Ivoire's cocoa farmers will now be guaranteed the farmgate price for their beans with the new electronic cards. Pic: Mighty Earth

Legislation

Cote d’Ivoire implements electronic payment cards for cocoa farmers

By Anthony Myers

Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa regulator, Conseil du Café Cacao (CCC), has initiated a scheme to distribute electronic cards to cocoa farmers to help track beans from farms to their export ports and ensure the growers are paid a guaranteed price for their produce.

What lessons can be learned from two seperate outbreaks of salmonella in two chocolate factories in 2022?

Long read

Salmonella spp. in chocolate: Lessons 2022 taught us

By Bethan Grylls

The usual foe of Salmonella spp. in chocolate reared its head again in 2022, causing two notable outbreaks. So what lessons can we take from this to ensure safer food in the future?

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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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