Cocoa & Sugar

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Economy

Sterling crisis will impact cocoa farmer incomes, Fairtrade warns

By Anthony Myers

After the pound hit a record low against the US dollar at the end of September, the Fairtrade Foundation is warning of the potential impact of the market volatility, both on farmers in low-income countries and the UK shoppers who buy the food they grow.

The trading community has encouraged the growth of cocoa production, the ECA Forum was told. Pic: CN

ECA Cocoa Forum 2022

Where’s the pay-off for price stability in cocoa?

By Anthony Myers

The ECA’s Cocoa Forum 2022 looked at the supply & demand functionality in the industry regarding the right package of policy actions in a fluctuating market.

This year’s Forum focused on traceability as a key enabler for sustainability in cocoa. Pic: CN

ECA Forum 2022

Cocoa and chocolate companies agree to share farmer data

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa and chocolate companies have announced greater cooperation and a willingness willing to share their cocoa farmer data with Ivorian and Ghanaian authorities to further traceability.

Cocoa farmers and their communities benefit from the promotion of sustainable beans. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Sustainability

Barry Callebaut increases Cocoa Horizons in Nigeria

By Anthony Myers

Barry Callebaut has announced it is extending its Cocoa Horizons programme in Nigeria, pledging to pay an additional amount of 26 million Naira ($40,841) in premiums for deliveries of sustainable cocoa beans in the 2021-2022 season.

Farmers cracking cocoa pods, Ghana. Pic: MIA

Op-ed

Reality check: What can we do about cocoa’s price?

By Brett Beach & Dr Kristy Leissle

In this exclusive op-ed for ConfectioneryNews by Brett Beach, Co-founder of sustainable chocolate brand Made in Africa (MIA), and Dr Kristy Leissle, a member of CN’s editorial board and the author of numerous books and articles on cocoa and industry politics,...

'Improvements in the taste of stevia have come a long way'. Pic: HOWTIAN

Sugar reduction special edition

How natural sweeteners became a gamechanger for confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Consumers are trying to reduce or avoid sugar, and the demand for low or no sugar alternatives is rising in 2022 for the growing health-conscious public, with research suggesting more than 60% of US consumers wish there were healthier chocolate options...

Luker Chocolates' new natural sweetener range. Pic: Luke Chocolate

‘Better-for-you’

Luker Chocolate launches new sweetener range

By Anthony Myers

Luker Chocolate, the family-owned, Colombian chocolate manufacturer, has developed a new range of covertures that includes erythritol & stevia, which it says is being driven by an increase in consumer and client demand.

Luker Chocolate's new caramel 'Sensación'. Pic: Luker Choclate

NPD

Luker Chocolate creates new caramel ‘Sensación’

By Anthony Myers

Colombian B4B chocolate manufacturer Luker Chocolate is hitting the caramel flavour with a new chocolate couverture, crafted at origin, using the company’s signature Cacao Fino de Aroma and incorporating its sustainability practices.

Cadmium is a problem for cocoa farmers mainly in Central and South America. Pic: Republica del Cacao

Special report

How to reduce cadmium in cocoa

By Anthony Myers

The result of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary panel of four experts into the sources of lead and cadmium in cocoa and chocolate - and how levels may be reduced in the future - has been published by the National Confectioners Association (NCA)...

Cameroon has announced an increase in its cocoa output, Pic: tridge.com

Commodities

Cameroon records slight increase in annual cocoa production

By Anthony Myers

Compared to 292,471 tonnes of beans produced and marketed during the 2020-2021 season, Cameroon’s Office national du cacao et du Café (ONCC) said a total of 295,163 tonnes of beans were harvested in the 2021-2022 season.

Nigeria is the fourth largest cocoa-producing country in the world. Pic: CN

Commodities

Nigeria informs ICCO of plans to increase cocoa production

By Anthony Myers

Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, has doubled down on the country’s pledge to increase its cocoa production from the present 340,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes by 2024.

Olam believes it is 'well-positioned' for 2022. Pic: Olam Group

Financial results

Olam remains confident of ofi IPO after a rise in Group profits

By Anthony Myers

The Olam Group said it remains cautiously optimistic about its prospects for the rest of the year, despite global supply chain issues, and confirmed it still intends to go ahead with the ofi IPO – favourable market conditions permitting.

Chocolate dream: A new initiative from HAPPi and Luker Chocolate aims to nurture children in sustainable cocoa practices. Pic: Luker Chocolate

Sustainability

HAPPi invests in future cocoa change-makers with Luker Chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Oat m!lk chocolate brand, HAPPi, is teaming up with Luker Chocolate to create Kids for Nature, an exciting new project that aims to protect the remarkable wildlife of Colombia by educating the next generation to become guardians of their ecosystem.