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2021-02-25 07:43:48
Is data the currency of success in cocoa supply chain transparency?

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Following recent news that The European Union will contribute €25m to boost the sustainability of cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, the first session at this year’s Chocoa21 conference, held online from Amsterdam, could turn out to be one of the most important as it focussed on how data can play a crucial role in digitization an supply chain transparency. Read More

2021-02-05 13:20:10
Chocoa unveils major industry names for 2021 virtual event

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - The Chocoa cocoa and chocolate trade fair has unveiled major industry figures for its online event, including an opening address from ICCO executive director Michel Arrion, and representatives from Nestlé, Cargill, and the Solidaridad organisation, reports Neill Barston. Read More

2021-02-04 12:51:51
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet business of the Year, Barry Callebaut

EDIE - Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has an aim to make sustainable chocolate “the norm” by 2025 through its “Forever Chocolate” programme. It aims to do this through farm mapping, carbon footprint measurement and creating publicly accessible methodologies.   Read More

2020-11-20 15:17:47
WCF Partnership Meeting hears call for national standard on cocoa as European Union plans legislation on sustainability

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Jutta Urpilainen (European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships) delivered a keynote address to the World Cocoa Foundation's Partnership Meeting mapping out the EC's new multi-stakeholder dialogue to improve sustainability in the cocoa sector. The session also included a panel discussion, moderated by Heidi Hautala (European Parliament Vice President) on how EU interventions can most effectively drive action to eliminate child labour, protect and restore forests, and ensure a living income for cocoa farmers. Read More

2020-11-03 07:41:08
Mars reveals progress on its Cocoa For Generations billion-dollar cocoa sustainability plans

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - US-based Mars Wrigley has released its 2020 Cocoa for Generations report, updating progress on its $1 billion investment over a decade on its drive to ensure 100% sustainability for its cocoa sourcing in key markets of Ghana and Ivory Coast, reports Neill Barston Read More

2020-10-02 08:43:38
Cargill unveils portal to boost supply chain transparency

FOOD BEV - Cargill has launched CocoaWise, a digital portal for food and beverage manufacturers, which aims to boost transparency in the company's cocoa supply chain. Read More

2020-10-02 08:41:33
Ivory Coast raises 2020/21 cocoa farmgate price by 21%

REUTERS - Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Ivory Coast has raised the fixed farmgate price paid to cocoa farmers more than 21% to 1,000 CFA Francs ($1.80) per kg for the main crop of the 2020/2021 season starting Thursday, President Alassane Ouattara said. Read More

2020-09-24 08:28:31
EU Commission launches initiative for more sustainable cocoa production

EU REPORTER - On 22 September, the European Commission began an initiative to improve sustainability in the cocoa sector. A new multi-stakeholder dialogue will bring together representatives of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana – the two main cocoa producing countries accounting for 70% of global cocoa production – as well as representatives of the European Parliament, EU member states, cocoa growers and civil society. Read More

2020-09-16 09:10:20
Cocoa partnership puts aside failures with bold new aims on child labour

JUST FOOD - For almost 20 years, attempts to tackle the issue of child labour in cocoa production have over-promised and under-delivered. As the multi-stakeholder International Cocoa Initiative launches an ambitious five-year strategy, Ben Cooper examines why this time things could  be different. Read More

2020-09-08 08:55:16
Barry Callebaut discloses direct cocoa suppliers in bid to boost transparency

FOOD INGREDIENTS FIRST - Barry Callebaut has reached a new milestone in its plan to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain by disclosing its direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon. The map shows the location of cooperatives and buying stations where Barry Callebaut is directly sourcing cocoa. By publicly sharing this information, the cocoa and chocolate giant says it’s boosting transparency and traceability in its cocoa supply chain. Read More

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