Sustainable Sourcing

Fair Trade USA's proposed policy changes called into question

Editor’s Blog

Fair Trade USA labeling rules: Hoax or fair enough?

By Oliver Nieburg

Fair Trade USA is considering much maligned changes to its labeling policy that would no longer require brands to source ingredients from a Fair Trade source even when one is available – is its draft policy fair or misleading?

US products to be covered by Nestlé's sustainable cocoa program

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Nestlé Cocoa Plan to expand to US products

By Jenni Spinner

Nestlé USA announced at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) show that the company is expanding its Nestlé Cocoa Plan responsible sourcing program to its American product offerings.

Cocoa must come from a certified source for a chocolate confectionery to be carry a Fair Trade USA logo, but the sugar does not - unlike Fairtrade International rules. Photo Credit: WCF

Fair Trade USA: Draft policy changes no hoax

By Oliver Nieburg

Fair Trade USA claims that draft changes to its labeling policy allowing brands with 20% certified ingredients to carry its logo are justified in composite products like chocolate because components like sugar are mainly sourced domestically in the US...

Are thresholds too low for products to carry the Fairtrade USA seal on the pack?

NGO questions Fair Trade USA chocolate labeling ‘hoax’

By Oliver Nieburg

Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA's labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients like sugar that are not fairly traded.

RSPO disputes Rainforest Foundation palm oil food guide

RSPO disputes Rainforest Foundation palm oil food guide

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

A Rainforest Foundation ethical food product guide based on companies’ palm oil use unjustly discourages the use of palm oil even if it is sustainably sourced, claims the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Three million metric ton EU sugar deficit not expected to rise, according to Euromonitor

EU sugar deficit will not grow, says Euromonitor

By Oliver Nieburg

The EU’s sugar quota fell three million metric tons short of demand in 2012 leading to an 11% price hike, but the deficit is not expected to increase due to stagnant demand for sugar-based foods and health concerns, according to market analysts Euromonitor...

Lindt plans fully-traceable cocoa by 2020. 75% is currently traceable, mostly from Ghana.

A peek at Lindt’s sustainable cocoa commitments

By Oliver Nieburg

ConfectioneryNews.com examines the sustainable cocoa commitments of one of the leading premium chocolate makers, Lindt, after it announced a big charitable investment last week. 

Hershey has committed $600,000 to CocoaLink, which sends SMS messages to farmers providing ethical and practical advice

Hershey defends commitment on sustainable cocoa

By Oliver Nieburg

Hershey has called attacks on its text messaging tips for farmers program CocoaLink “disingenuous” after a group of NGOs questioned the effectiveness of the project.

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

By Shane Starling

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the report ‘s findings as “ridiculous”.

Cémoi says it is an expert in chocolate due to its wider involvement

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Cémoi: The advantages of working from bean to bar

By Kacey Culliney

Working from beans to chocolate or farmer to consumer brings with it a lot of advantages – including strong sector knowledge and the ability to identify and respond to market trends, says Cémoi.

ADM restructures cocoa business

ADM restructures cocoa business

ADM Cocoa has separated its organizational structure into five key regions and business units, it announced today.

Hershey joins Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Hershey backs industry-wide sustainability standards

By Kacey Culliney

The Hershey Company has joined the advisory council of a new non-profit organization – the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) - that aims to develop industry-wide standards on sustainability.