Sustainable Sourcing

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Sustainabilty

New ‘Scorecard’ questions chocolate companies’ sustainability efforts

By Anthony Myers

While many companies claim ‘100% sustainably sourced cocoa’ on their chocolate bars, these sustainability claims cannot be ‘ necessarily’ trusted,' according to the latest ‘Chocolate Scorecard’ that has analysed companies selling chocolate around...

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Business

Gerard Manley announces retirement as ofi Cocoa CEO

By Anthony Myers

Gerard Manley, CEO of ofi’s Cocoa business and the group’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), has announced he will will retire at the end of June 2023 after 25 years with the company.

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Free-from

Guittard Chocolates boosts its dairy-free and kosher lines

By Anthony Myers

Guittard Chocolate Company has announced its dairy-free kosher pareve processing capabilities and its new dairy-free product line, which will include three retail baking chips - Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, Akoma Organic Extra...

Yowie is set to launch its eighth Baby Animals series this Easter. Pic: Yowie Group

Marketing

Yowie confectionery gives birth to new set of Baby Animals

By Anthony Myers

Yowie’s latest surprise revealed to the confectionery world is an eighth series of its popular ‘Baby Animals’ series. As well as containing sustainably sourced, Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate the latest collection is designed to shed light on...

Cote d’Ivoire's cocoa farmers will now be guaranteed the farmgate price for their beans with the new electronic cards. Pic: Mighty Earth

Legislation

Cote d’Ivoire implements electronic payment cards for cocoa farmers

By Anthony Myers

Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa regulator, Conseil du Café Cacao (CCC), has initiated a scheme to distribute electronic cards to cocoa farmers to help track beans from farms to their export ports and ensure the growers are paid a guaranteed price for their produce.

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Is sustainabity under threat?

Guest post: Navigating a sustainable future through choppy waters

By Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis, President of NEODA and Chief Commercial Officer for KTC Edibles, takes a closer look at sustainability in the oils and fat industry, exploring some of the challenges preventing progress, as well as the positive trends.

Cargill’s Cocoa Promise – 10 years on, what lessons have been learned?

Is sustainability under threat?

Cargill’s Cocoa Promise – 10 years on, what lessons have been learned?

By Anthony Myers

Cargill’s commitment to cocoa sustainability stretches back to 2000, when it began offering seminars to cocoa farmers. Kate Clancy has been with Cargill and working in sustainability since 2011, taking up her recent position of Group Sustainability Director,...

ofi's Dezaaan single origin cocoa. Pic: ofi

Special report

Asian consumers driving demand for single origin cocoa

By Anthony Myers

As ConfectioneryNews reported last month, the trend for single-origin cocoa ingredients has been growing for some time, as consumers with a sweet craving also look more closely at how and where their cocoa is sourced.

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EU agrees deforestation law

By Jane Byrne

A provisional political agreement has been reached between the EU Parliament and the Council in relation to EU regulation on deforestation-free supply chains.

Clean Food Group is fermenting yeast to develop a lab-grown, bio-equivalent alternative to palm oil, which has attracted the attention of ingredients major Doehler Group. Image credit: Laurie Lapworth: University of Bath

Doehler invests in lab-grown palm oil alternative

By Flora Southey

The German ingredients supplier is investing in UK-based Clean Food Group (CFG) – a start-up developing a bio-equivalent cultivated alternative to palm oil – via its investment arm, Doehler Ventures.