Sustainability

Yildiz Holding sponsors PACTS program

Yildiz Holding makes social investment in sustainable cocoa

By Oliver Nieburg

Godiva owner Yildiz Holding has made one of its first social investments in sustainable cocoa by sponsoring Cémoi, Blommer Chocolate and Delfi’s Processors Alliance for Cocoa Traceability and Sustainability (PACTS) program.

Cocoa shortfall not worse than expected, says ICCO. Photo Credit: cstrom

ICCO clarifies 2012/13 cocoa deficit after leak

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has reiterated its cocoa deficit forecast for the 2012/13 season after a public leak led the market to erroneously believe the shortfall was greater than expected.

Dietmar Eiden, vice president of trade fair management at Koelnmesse, on the talking points of ISM 2014

Dispatches from ISM 2014 in Cologne

Sustainability and health needs grow at ISM, says organizer

By Oliver Nieburg

The confectionery industry is in good shape and demand for sustainable products and those catering to health needs has never been higher, according to ISM organizer Koelnmesse.

Companies say child labor has no place in their supply chains, NGO says the issue is ongoing. Photo Credit:  International Labor Rights Forum

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM face child slavery case

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Three Malian men have won the right to bring their civil child slavery case against Nestlé, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to Californian courts.

Certification equips farmers to lead better lives and to tackle the global cocoa deficit: UTZ Certified

UTZ: Certification is our weapon against cocoa deficit

By Oliver Nieburg

Certification is one of the most potent tools for chocolate makers to avoid serious cocoa shortages and to improve the lives of farmers, according to the burgeoning certified cocoa organization, UTZ Certified.

ConfectioneryNews predicts where the tarot cards will lay for the chocolate industry in 2014. Photo Credit: Steve Snodgrass

Editor's Blog

The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014

By Oliver Nieburg

Not quite the choc-pocalypse, but retail prices for chocolate are expected to rise in the face of cocoa price hikes, which could see the taste, shape and size of chocolate change significantly in the year ahead.

Hershey places new requirements on its palm oil suppliers

Hershey ups palm oil pledge but Greenpeace wants more

By Oliver Nieburg

Hershey has committed to purchasing 100% traceable and sustainably-sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but has reservations about timelines and terminology.

Cocoa shortfall worse than previously feared

Cocoa deficit trebled by ICCO for 2012/13

By Oliver Nieburg

The global cocoa deficit for the 2012/13 crop year was worse than previously expected, according to revised figures from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), which has tripled its estimate.

Cargill says it has reduced supply chain risks with its new cultivated carrageenan texturizing products

Cargill cultivates carrageenan supply chain

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Cargill says it is diversifying its carrageenans portfolio in both location and species to combat the associated supply risks of the texturing ingredient derived from seaweed.

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates

Special report: Part II

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates

By Rick Beckmann, senior foreign legal counsel, and Aldi Rakhmatillah, associate, of Susandarini & Partners, in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

How should Indonesia and, more to the point, the local community, benefit from foreign investment in plantations?

CAOBISCO talks dairy shortages after this week's European Commission conference

CAOBISCO concerned over dairy shortages

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Forecast butter and milk powder shortages could limit the EU’s ability to keep up with domestic and global demand, according to chocolate and confectionery trade group CAOBISCO.

Indonesian deputy trade minister: “Given that cocoa bean demand for domestic processing is increasing significantly, we have to review our current import policy.

Indonesian trade minister urges cocoa import policy review

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

The Indonesian deputy trade minister has said that after successfully increasing domestic cocoa grinding capacity the country should lower cocoa bean import duties to prevent shortages in the future.

Head of the German initiative Daniel May says there will be a 'tipping point' at which most companies demand CSPO

France and Germany pledge to source 100% sustainable palm oil

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

French and German palm oil industries and users have joined a handful of other European countries in committing to source all palm oil sustainably with national pledges announced at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) summit in Berlin...

Almost 820,000 children in the Ivory Coast and over 997,000 kids in Ghana were found to be working on cocoa-related activities in 2007/2008, according to Tulane University. Photo Credit: 10 Campaign

Hershey child labor lawsuit faces meltdown

By Oliver Nieburg

A case alleging child labor abuses by Hershey in West Africa should be dismissed for lack of evidence, according to a Master’s report in the Court of Chancery in Delaware.

Hershey aims to improve the ailing cocoa crop in Nigeria, which has been blighted by rain and diseases

Hershey hopes to double Nigerian cocoa yields

By Oliver Nieburg

Hershey has launched an initiative to double the cocoa output in Nigeria, which is forecast to register a 20% decline this crop year due to adverse weather and diseases.

How might the sale of ADM cocoa impact the global cocoa supply?

Commodities Watch

Cocoa market awaits impact of ADM Cocoa sale

By Oliver Nieburg

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is in discussions to sell its cocoa processing operations. We find out how potential industry consolidation could affect the cocoa supply.