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Regulation

ICC extends International Cocoa Agreement until 2024

By Anthony Myers

During a special session held earlier this month, the International Cocoa Council (ICC) said it has extended the duration of the seventh International Cocoa Agreement by two years to 30 September 2024.

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Single origin special edition podcast

Single origin cocoa’s ‘halo’ effect

By Anthony Myers

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there is a growing demand for consumers to know where the ingredients in the products they purchase come from, says Philippe Bernay, Commercial Marketing Lead EMEA, Cargill Cocoa.

Single origin milk chocolate is popular with consumers. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Single origin special edition

Single origin chocolate and cocoa enters the mainstream

By Anthony Myers

According to research by Barry Callebaut in the US, UK, Japan, France, and Germany, 75% of consumers think that single origin chocolate is more premium and more sustainable compared to standard chocolate.

Olam's single origin cocoa powder is crafted from 100% Ghana cocoa beans and can be offered as a fully traceable ingredient. Pic: Olam

Q&A - Single Origin Special Edition

The lowdown on single origin chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Kamil Sawicki, Global Head of Cocoa Powder at Olam Cocoa, tells us everything there is needed to know regarding single origin cocoa.

Pacha de Cacao is one of the first brands to bring the healthy cacao juice to a wider market. Pic: Pacha de Cacao

Guest post

A peek behind the scenes of an innovative start-up: Pacha de Cacao

By Marika van Santvoort

Pacha de Cacao is a 100% natural and nutritious cacao juice made from the fresh pulp of the cacao fruit. Marika van Santvoort founded the company in 2020 and she explains how she was introduced to this most nutritious by-product - and how, as an entrepreneur,...

Lovechock bars carry the The Plastic Free logo after being approved three years ago. Pic: Lovechock

Environment

Lovechock celebrates 10-year plastic-free milestone

By Anthony Myers

Ethical raw chocolate manufacturer Lovechock BV is celebrating 10 years of being Plastic Free’, after making the move to renewable and compostable NatureFlex cellulose films for its packaging.

Happi Oat M!lk Chocolate Nibbles are now available to retailers nationwide,  Pic: Happi Free From

Free-from

Happi Free From launches oat milk chocolate snack

By Anthony Myers

Happi Free From has launched a brand-new range of oat milk chocolate snacks in response to the growing demand for vegan and allergy-friendly sweet treats for those on-the-go moments.

Housing along the road to Berenty Private Reserve in southern Madagascar. Pic: Maky (Alex Dunkel)/CreativeCommons

Community

Cocoa sector urged to support famine relief in southern Madagascar

By Anthony Myers

Prolonged drought in southern Madagascar has prompted ethical chocolate company MIA, which sources its premium cocoa beans from the island, to commit an additional £500 of its 1 for Change impact fund to help with famine relief.

Vegan by design, the new KitKat is now available in Sainsbury’s stores in the UK. Pic: Nestlé

Plant-based

New vegan KitKat launched in UK

By Anthony Myers

Alternative KitKat combines crisp wafer and smooth chocolate blended with a rice-based milk alternative for fans to enjoy ‘a plant-based break’.

'Making the world a better place, one beer and one bar at a time’. The new collab between Tony's Chocolonely and Brewdog. Pic: Tony's Chocolonely

Innovation

Tony’s Chocolonely launches collaboration beer with BrewDog

By Anthony Myers

Tony’s Chocolonely has announced a new collaboration beer with BrewDog, the world’s first carbon negative brewer, as it continues to disrupt the chocolate industry and ‘make the world a better place, one beer and one bar at a time’.

Singer Kelly Rowland is spreading the word on Black Forest gummies' ongoing campaign to restore forests across the US that have been impacted by wildfires. Pic: Ferrara

Environment

Singer Kelly Rowland partners with Black Forest to plant 10 Million trees

By Anthony Myers

Ferrara’s Black Forest, a leading candy and fruit snack brand inspired by real forests, has announced a partnership with singer Kelly Rowland to help spread the word of its ongoing effort to restore forests across the US that have been impacted by wildfires.

Santiago Gowland. Pic: The Rainforest Alliance

Environment

The Rainforest Alliance appoints Santiago Gowland as new CEO

By Anthony Myers

Gowland previously served as Executive Vice President for Latin America and Global Innovation at The Nature Conservancy. Before that, he spearheaded sustainability initiatives in the private sector, including stints at Unilever and Nike.

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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