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Thousands of children work on uncertified cocoa farms in West Africa. Photo credit: ILRF

Editor’s Blog

Over to Mondelez for certified cocoa goals

By Oliver Nieburg

New chocolate powerhouse Mondelez International will be the next major player to come under the spotlight over child labor on cocoa farms in Africa  and will face pressure from NGOs  to source 100% certified cocoa.

ICCO cuts cocoa deficit forecast

ICCO cuts cocoa deficit forecast

By Oliver Nieburg

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) anticipates a lower than expected global cocoa shortage in the 2011/12 season due to ideal weather conditions and higher grinds in some cocoa producing countries.

ICCO forecasts cocoa deficit for 2012

ICCO forecasts cocoa deficit for 2012

By Oliver Nieburg

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) expects a world cocoa deficit in 2011/12 season as it estimates bean production to fall 8%.

Stability in Ivory Coast helps German cocoa grinds soar

Stability in Ivory Coast helps German cocoa grinds soar

By Oliver Nieburg

Cocoa production in Germany has risen by 36% on the same quarter last year due to an improved political situation in Ivory Coast, according to the Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI).

Ivory Coast cocoa farmer

ADM extends premium cocoa liquor range

By Ben Bouckley

ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) Cocoa has extended its Unicao range of cocoa liquors produced from Ivory Coast cocoa beans, for use in premium milk and dark chocolate products.

Cargill in bid to boost sustainable cocoa in Cameroon

Cargill in bid to boost sustainable cocoa in Cameroon

By Jane Byrne

Cargill’s Cocoa and Chocolate division is rolling out its Ivory Coast UTZ certification farmer training programme in Cameroon - a move the processor anticipates will dramatically boost sustainable cocoa output in the fourth largest producer country.

Ghana cocoa plant to remain open, confirms ADM

Ghana cocoa plant to remain open, confirms ADM

By Jane Byrne

Leading cocoa supplier, Archer Daniel Midlands (ADM), has confirmed that it is keeping its cocoa processing plant in Kumasi, Ghana open in spite of challenges related to acquiring light crop beans for processing.