UK project aims to secure future cocoa supply
A UK research project aims to ensure the sustainability of future cocoa production through suggesting ways cocoa breeders can produce varieties more adapted to climate change.
Danish TV programme misrepresents cocoa farming, Caobisco
Representatives of the EU confectionery sector, Caobisco, has said claims made in a Danish documentary about child labour are a misrepresentation of the facts about cocoa farming in the Ivory Coast.
As Cargill expands its cocoa farmer training programme in the Ivory Coast this month, we caught up with managing director of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, Harold Poelma, to hear about developments in the sourcing of sustainably derived cocoa and his...
Training scheme aiding sustainable choc supply, Cargill
Cocoa bean crop quality and yield is benefiting from a farmer training programme in the Ivory Coast, which is set to be extended to a wider number of farmer cooperatives this month, said Cargill.
International auditors rate Ghana cocoa plant highly, claims Cargill
A Cargill cocoa butter and powder plant in Ghana has obtained recognition by an international food audit group AIB International, which the ingredients giant claims is a validation that the facility is operating to the highest standards.
Cocoa prices hit record highs
Confectionery manufacturers are facing increasing cost pressures as cocoa futures prices hit their highest levels for 25 years on supply fears.
Call for Ghana cocoa to be removed from US child labor list
Retention of Ghana produced cocoa on the US Department of Labor’s list of goods produced by child or forced labour could hinder efforts to eliminate the practice, claims a senior politician of the major cocoa supplying country.
Barry Callebaut to help steer cocoa programme
Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut’s decision to join the UTZ Certified sustainable cocoa programme will bolster efforts to scale up the project and help to get all parts of the supply chain on board, claims the non-profit group.
Chocolate proving winner for Nestle
Growth in sugar confectionery weakened but the chocolate sector continued to perform well for Nestlé, according to the global food giant’s third quarter results.
Cadbury predicts 2010 price hikes will be cocoa linked
Cadbury said it may have to further raise its prices for 2010 as the cost of cocoa has remained stubbornly high, economic conditions are turbulent and markets competitive.
Ivory Coast plan to boost cocoa quality
The Ivory Coast is taking steps to protect its cocoa industry with a plan to improve the quality of its crop which is said to have fallen in standards over the last decade, according to reports.
London cocoa prices hit a 23-year high at the end of December, but emerging questions about consumer demand could see prices fall in 2009, according to the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO).
Saharan wind whips up cocoa supply fears
Troubles for West African cocoa supplies look set to continue following reports that the harmattan, a harsh, crop-damaging wind, has begun to sweep in from the Sahara.
Cocoa prices remain resilient despite commodity slump
Cocoa prices have proved resilient in the economic downturn, even as other commodity prices have slumped, and confectionery manufacturers are concerned that tight supply will keep prices high for some time yet.
Ivory Coast cocoa hit by disease, politics
Costs for cocoa have fallen from a peak of $3000 per tonne in July, to $2551.33 on Monday, but reports of the damaging black pod disease in Ivory Coast could drive prices upwards, compounded by political uncertainty that may see chocolate buyers eager...
Farm-gate cocoa prices in Ghana to rise
Cocobod, the cocoa regulator for Ghana, has raised the fixed price it pays to farmers, a move that may not directly impact cocoa processors and buyers but could ultimately result in upward pressure on prices.
Cocoa prices bounce back, stay buoyant
The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) monthly review of the
cocoa market suggests that a decline of the monthly average ICCO
daily price in April compared to the previous month could be
misleading as far as futures markets are...
Ghana pledges sustainable cocoa push - report
The Ghanaian cocoa board is planning to significantly step up cocoa
production in the country over the next three years in a nationwide
shake-up of how the crop is farmed, according to press reports.
Mars, Nestle promise ethical cocoa supply
Global confectioners Mars and Nestle have joined a sustainable
cocoa programme, which aims to establish a traceability system for
all farmers in the Ivory Coast.
Cadbury to protect Ghanaian chocolate production
Cadbury today launched a fund to aid its cocoa suppliers
in Ghana, after research suggested that average production in
the region is now 40 per cent lower than the potential yield.
Vietnam aims for cocoa crop of 45,000 tonnes
The Vietnamese government estimates its overall cocoa crop will
reach 45,000 tonnes by 2015, aiming to make the catch the attention
of chocolate manufacturers around the world, according to Reuters.
Blommer expands cocoa trading programme
US-based Blommer Chocolate this week said it will establish a
sustainable cocoa farming programme in the Ivory Coast, after a
similar strategy increased crop yields and worker incomes in
Barry Callebaut expands Ivory Coast operations
Barry Callebaut said today it will boost its cocoa
processing capacity in Ivory Coast by 50 per cent over the
next two years and double the amount of beans it buys.
Indonesia gears up to meet rising cocoa demand
Indonesia is expecting an increase in the country's cocoa
production, despite recent poor crops, according to local news
Advocacy group raises spectre of 'blood chocolate'
A UK-based pressure group campaign against companies
that buy cocoa from the Ivory Coast has accused
the industry of funding conflict and civil unrest.
Industry unites to aid cocoa growers
Members of the World Cocoa Foundation have extended their five-year
plan to help 150,000 cocoa farming families in Ghana and the Ivory
Coast – protecting the supply chain and ensuring ethical practices
are in place.
Profits dip as German candy makers feel the heat
High temperatures combined with the prohibitive cost of raw
materials has led to a decline in the German sweet confectionery
and chocolate sectors.
Buhler steps up cocoa production in Ghana
Supplier Buhler has boosted machinery supplies to facilities in
Ghana, enabling operations in the country to not only harvest the
beans but process them into cocoa butter and powder.
'Record' year for cocoa crops
The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) has revised its gloomy
cocoa estimate of a 5,000 tonne deficit to predict a global surplus
of 80,000 tonnes of cocoa in the coming year, assuring
manufacturers of a steady supply.
Barry Callebaut posts sweet sales
Swiss cocoa processor Barry Callebaut announced yesterday that,
following company restructuring, profits were showing improvement,
despite the cocoa market's recent instability.
Supply resumes as cocoa strike ends
Disruption to cocoa supplies from the Cote d'Ivoire has ceased
following suspension of strikes organised by the cacao growers'
trade union Anaproci.
Cocoa strike disrupts supply
Cote d'Ivoire cocoa growers have downed tools over pay
disagreements, beginning a strike which could dramatically cut
supplies to chocolate manufacturers.
Africa outlines blueprint for future cocoa production
A group of eight African nations have agreed to a plan aimed at
establishing a better deal for the continent's cocoa producers.
Cargill joins cocoa industry in fighting child labour
Food giant Cargill has committed itself to improving cocoa growing
and production practices, including the eradication of child
Cocoa supplies still tight
Cocoa supplies will remain tight for confectionary companies as
production for the last growing season continue to be below demand
for the ingredient.
Malaysia expects record cocoa exports from 2005
The Malaysian cocoa board expects 2005 to set a new record for
cocoa exports, exceeding RM 2 billion ($530 million), thanks to
increased global consumption and access to new markets.
Nestlé, ADM and Cargill go to court over cocoa child labour
Leading cocoa suppliers Nestle, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill
are being sued by a US labour rights firm over accusations of
forced child labour.
Leading chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut doubles production in Ghana
Barry Callebaut, the world's largest supplier of bulk chocolate, is
set to double its cocoa grinding capacity in the African country of
Organic, fair trade cocoa and sugar supplier born
Leading merchant of cocoa, sugar and coffee ED&F Man has
launched Corigins, a US-based supplier offering traceable, quality
sugar and cocoa ingredients, Philippa Nuttall reports.
Ladco consolidates chocolate equipment capabilities
Ladco Advanced Engineering, the parent company of Scotland-based
MacIntyre Chocolate Systems, has acquired Petzholdt-Heidenauer
International, in a bid to extend both companies' global reach in
the competitive chocolate processing...
Cocoa prices remain slack
Prices remain steady for cocoa, despite news that the start of the
new cocoa harvesting season from the world's biggest producer,
Ivory Coast, has been delayed due to a dispute.
Cargill buys stronger position in EU chocolate ingredients
US agri-giant Cargill has carved a deeper position in the European
chocolate market after Swiss firm Nestlé sold two cocoa processing
activities to the acquisitive private company.
Cloetta confident on cocoa prices
The Nordic region's leading confectionery maker, Cloetta Fazer, has
said that it expects the price of cocoa beans, a key raw material
for many of its products, to remain stable for the rest of this
All quiet on the cocoa front
The European cocoa market is going through something of a quiet
patch for this time of year, according to industry insiders.
Ghana gains in cocoa
A bumper cocoa harvest for Ghana has pushed the country into the
number two global producer slot, behind the Ivory Coast and ahead
Cocoa loan- more than a few beans
The Ghana Cocoa Board (GCB) has secured a US$650 million loan to
purchase cocoa for the 2003/2004 cocoa season. The
facility,repayable within a year, was arranged by four leading
Cocoa to bubble over?
Cocoa traders have predicted that cocoa prices are set to increase.
The price of the commodity has dropped by up to 40 per cent since
touching a 16-year high in October 2002.
Germany increases cocoa acquisitions
The German confectionery industry made significant cocoa and cocoa
butter purchases last week, according to Hamburg traders.
Stollwerck acquisition boosts Barry Callebaut
The acquisition of German confectionery group Stollwerck last year
helped Swiss group Barry Callebaut get off to a good start in 2003.
Barry Callebaut warns of cocoa crisis
The deepening political crisis in the Ivory Coast is pushing up
cocoa prices, warns Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut.