Cocoa & Sugar

Mars Wrigley's Responsible Cocoa programme supports the LID. Pic: Mars Wrigley

Cocoa

Mars Wrigley to meet industry cocoa officials to discuss LID payments

By Anthony Myers

Barry Parkin, the company's Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, is set to meet with members of the cocoa industry and the governments of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire this week to discuss the Living Income Differential (LID) and to underscore...

'Much of the challenge of reducing deforestation in 2021 comes down to accountability'. Pic: Satelligence

Guest article

The road to 0% deforestation for confectionery FMCGs

By Alan Kroeger

Over the past three decades, the rate of deforestation around the world has noticeably declined. This comes against an ever-increasing societal pressure from consumers and governments for more sustainable food products, which applies to everything from...

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Researchers use cocoa to tackle obesity in mice

By Danielle Masterson

Dietary supplementation with cocoa can improve obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Cocoa futures have been performing poorly since the beginning of the year. Pic: ConfectioneryNews

Commodities

Production surplus could weigh down cocoa futures in Q2

By Anthony Myers

Increased output from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, along with decline in European cocoa bean usage due to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections means a production surplus projected in the 2020-21 season, with cocoa futures on the commodities market underperforming...

Olam expects a more favourable market condition in 2021, after posting a strong set of results. Pic Olam International

Financial results

Olam reports robust 2020 performance

By Anthony Myers

Olam has reported a strong operating performance across its new structure, which includes its cocoa business in Olam Food Ingredients (OFI).

Who owns the data data in the cocoa supply chain? Pic: Sourcemap

Chocoa21

Is data the currency of success in cocoa supply chain transparency?

By Anthony Myers

Following recent news that The European Union will contribute €25m to boost the sustainability of cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, the first session at this year’s Chocoa21 conference, held online from Amsterdam, could turn...

Olam's deZaan Cocoa Powder is ticking a lot of boxes for trends in 2021. Pic: Olam Cocoa

Special Report: Post Pandemic Trends 2021

Covid-19 accelerates the trend towards healthy cocoa

By Anthony Myers

ConfectioneryNews talks to Wouter Stomph, North America Head of Ingredient Development & Innovation, Olam Cocoa, on the latest confectionery trends and why celebrating cocoa as an ingredient in its own right will play a significant part.

'Tony’s traceability is guaranteed,' the company said, confirming it will continue to work with Barry Callebaut. Pic: ConfectioneryNews

Sustainability

Tony’s Chocolonely rejects modern slavery allegation in its cocoa

By Anthony Myers

Dutch ethical brand Tony’s Chocolonely has defended its reputation for making ‘100% slave free chocolate the norm’ after it was struck off a list of companies that use ethically sourced cocoa by the American organization Slave Free Chocolate.

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