750,000 cocoa farmer members now part of merged body the World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO). ©iStock/Vectoraart

'Unified voice': Two cocoa farmer organizations merge

By Oliver Nieburg

The World Cocoa Farmers Organization (WCFO) and The International CoCoa Farmers Organization (ICCFO) have merged and are urging the cocoa and chocolate industry to support efforts to group farmers to ensure traceability.

 ‘Forever Chocolate’ strategy will make sustainable chocolate the norm, says Barry Callebaut

Child labor eradication pledge

Barry Callebaut sets 2025 target for sustainable cocoa

By Oliver Nieburg

Barry Callebaut has pledged to bring 500,000 cocoa farmers out of extreme poverty and eradicate child labor in its supply chain under an initiative to source fully sustainable cocoa by 2025.

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Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

By RJ Whitehead

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for non-alcoholic drinks with high content of sugar.

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