Defra angers union over sugar compensation u-turn
The UK National Farmer's Union (NFU) said yesterday it is
considering legal action after UK body Defra revealed it was
planning to re-open negotiations on how much compensation sugar
growers could receive.
Religious investors call for boycott of GM sugar
A coalition of ethical stock market investors have called on 63 US
food, beverage and restaurant companies to stop using genetically
modified (GM) sugar beet.
Confectioners face even higher cocoa prices
The price of cocoa continued to hit record highs on the stock
market in January, increasing by an average 4.6 per cent on the
London and New York stock exchanges.
Sugar companies may face compulsory quota cuts
The European Commission may have to enforce compulsory final sugar
quota cuts of 1.16m tones in 2010 with no compensation, as current
renunciations fall below targets.
Tate & Lyle makes massive fairtrade sugar switch
Tate & Lyle is to convert its entire retail sugar range to
fairtrade in the largest fair-trade switch ever made by a UK
Indian chocolate demand fuels domestic cocoa increases
In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce
dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will
increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in the next four
Ghana pledges sustainable cocoa push - report
The Ghanaian cocoa board is planning to significantly step up cocoa
production in the country over the next three years in a nationwide
shake-up of how the crop is farmed, according to press reports.
The ethical cocoa confusion
While most consumers agree that ethically-sourced cocoa is no bad
thing, an ever increasing number of different schemes risks
muddying the issue and puzzling chocolate fans.
Danisco sugar production tops 1m tonnes
Record yields from sugar beet fields in several countries have
resulted in a bumper sugar harvest for Denmark's Danisco group.
Mars, Nestle promise ethical cocoa supply
Global confectioners Mars and Nestle have joined a sustainable
cocoa programme, which aims to establish a traceability system for
all farmers in the Ivory Coast.
Lawsuit filed over Monsantos GM sugar beet
A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) over the approval of a herbicide resistant
genetically engineered sugar beet.
News briefs: Cocoa, Thorntons and Dunkin Donuts
The price of cocoa is still on the up; Thorntons reports strong
sales over the winter season; and Dunkin' Donuts teams up with Mars
for a new 'chocolaty' product range.
ABF revenues increase despite sugar losses
Associated British Foods today reported 13 per cent revenue growth
for the 13 weeks ending 5 January 08, however the overall results
were marred by a poor performance from the sugar sector.
Sudzucker struggles with sugar, but special products deliver
The Sudzucker group has reported a 18.3 per cent increase in sales
for the first nine months of its year thanks to special products
and fruit preparations, while sugar was responsible for a big drop
in operating profit.
Harvest report shows slump for sugar, soybean
Harvests for sugarcane, flaxseed and soybean were all down last
year but canola and corn production was up, according to the US
Department of Agriculture (USDA).