COVID-19

Overall sales of chocolate and candy have increased 3.8%, the NCA reveals. Pic: NCA

Coronavirus

Chocolate and candy soothe COVID-19 trauma, NCA reveals

By Anthony Myers

New data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) has revealed sales of chocolate and candy in United States have increased during the coronavirus pandemic as people across the country look for ways to add joy and comfort in uncertain times.

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Commodities

ICCO halves its cocoa surplus estimate for 209/20 season

By Anthony Myers

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has led the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) to halve its forecast for the expected global cocoa surplus in the 2019/20 season as demand for beans from chocolate manufactures slows.

‘Wine a Little’ virtual wine and chocolate pairing experience takes place on August 29. Pic: Delysia Chocolatier

Online

Delysia Chocolatier launches new virtual tasting series

By Anthony Myers

Building on its popular virtual chocolate tastings during lockdown, Delysia Chocolatier has introduced the DELIGHT Immersive Chocolate Experience series that aims to provide deeper educational, hands-on chocolate adventures.

Cargill's annual report highlights the company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pic: Cargill

Reporting

Cargill annual report: ‘A year like no other’

By Anthony Myers

Global agri-food company’s annual report highlights team members’ agility and perseverance while helping customers and communities navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ghana to increase its cocoa output by 5.8% in next growing season

Ghana

Ghana to increase its cocoa output by 5.8% in next growing season

By Anthony Myers

Ghana is the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer, after its West African neighbour, Cote d’Ivoire. Its main growing season runs from October to September, and while output may increase - a glut in the global market has raised wider concerns about lower...

Olam remains confident it can weather the Covid crisis. Pic: Olam International

Financial results

Olam reports resilient performance in H1 2020 with 44.4% growth

By Anthony Myers

Global food and agri-business, Olam Group, has reported strong results for the first half of 2020 and claimed to make good progress on its Strategic Plan (2019-2024) and Re-organisation Plan announced in January 2020.

A still from the Extra Real Friend Request ad. Pic: Mars Wrigley

In brief

Mars’ Extra Gum ad highlights need for friendship during shutdown

By Anthony Myers

Extra gum has launched a new creative advertisement as part of its on-going ‘Give Extra, Get Extra’ campaign to inspire the value of relationships, even through a small gesture, especially during lockdown scenarios caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With travel on hold, backyard fire pits and s'mores treats have become popular. Pic: Gettyimages

Coronavirus

More s’mores please: Sales of American classic soar during COVID pandemic

By Anthony Myers

Hershey has reported a record-breaking demand for s’mores during the coronavirus crisis, with sales of its six-pack bars skyrocketing by 40% - even higher in some US states with stricter lockdown regulations. Monday 10 August is ‘National S’mores Day’...