Cocoa & Sugar

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.

China's first crop of cocoa pods. Pic: Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences

Spotlight on cocoa Asia

China – the next cocoa superpower?

By Anthony Myers

News that China's small batch of cocoa beans has been recognised by the Bioversity International’s 2021 Cocoa of Excellence competition is seen as another indicator of the rise of Asia’s cocoa sector.

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,...

Pic: OFI

Appointments

Olam appoints Niall FitzGerald as new chair of OFI

By Anthony Myers

Olam International has announced Niall FitzGerald has been appointed as the Chair of the Board of Directors for its operating group, Olam Food Ingredients (OFI).

Pic: ECA

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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