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Cocoa News

2020-05-28 06:46:40
Hershey Doubling Down on Commitment to Ethical Cocoa Supply Chain

GLOBAL NEWS WIRE - The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced an expansion of its Cocoa For Good program, committing to 100% direct-sourced cocoa in high-risk areas by 2025, which will include all of its cocoa sourced by its suppliers from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. This expanded commitment will make Hershey’s cocoa from these countries traceable from the farm to the first point of purchase, giving Hershey a clear line of sight into where all of its cocoa from West Africa is grown and how it is produced – providing more transparency for consumers and all stakeholders. Read More

2020-05-25 07:46:10
Cocoa and Forests Initiative plants four million trees in drive against deforestation

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - A key international public-private venture, the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), has reported major progress towards ending deforestation in Ghana and Ivory Coast, with four million trees planted and a million farmers receiving training. Read More

2020-05-25 07:45:15
Cargill leverages technology to improve transparency in pursuit of a thriving cocoa sector

THE HERALD GHANA - Food and beverage manufacturers and their consumers care more than ever before about the standards behind the things they buy, including cocoa. That’s why Cargill is committed to a transparent and sustainable supply of cocoa, which includes improving the lives of farmers and their communities in the five origin countries from where it directly sources cocoa – Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. Read More

2020-05-20 07:47:25
Half of Cargill's sustainable cocoa is now traceable from farm to factory, report reveals

CANDY INDUSTRY - Half of the sustainable cocoa beans in Cargill's global direct supply chain are now traceable from farm to factory, the company revealed in its latest report. Read More

2020-05-14 09:12:16
Cargill to advance partnerships to tackle child labour in cocoa sector

Food Processing Technology - Cargill has announced plans to advance existing partnerships to expand the reach of its child labour monitoring and remediation systems (CLMRS), as part of its ongoing efforts to address the issue in the cocoa sector. Read More

2020-05-14 09:10:27
Mondelēz accelerates progress in delivering against its sustainability goals

FOOD BUSINESS AFRICA - Mondelēz International has published its 2019 Snacking Made Right Report, highlighting the company’s significant progress towards achieving its 2025 sustainable and mindful snacking goals. Read More

2020-05-13 05:51:46
COVID-19 heightens the risk of child labour. This is how we can tackle it

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM - Did you know that some of your favourite foods may be produced with child labour? Take chocolate, for instance: 60% of its main ingredient, cocoa, is grown in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, where child labour remains widespread. Read More

2020-05-07 13:13:32
Cocoa industry pulls together to offer more financial support for farmers to help with Covid-19

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - New initiative builds on other industry efforts to help cocoa farmers respond to coronavirus pandemic and is backed by more than 30 companies and organizations. Read More

2020-05-06 08:06:58
World confectionery bodies and companies join together supporting cocoa communities affected by coronavirus

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - A total of 30 companies and organisations including global confectionery groups have joined together to donate $835,000 for cocoa farmers during the coronavirus pandemic through supporting government emergency plans in West Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Read More

2020-04-30 07:57:33
Cocoa and chocolate companies join Cote d'Ivoire, foundations in tackling child labor

CANDY INDUSTRY - A coalition of philanthropic partners and companies in the cocoa and chocolate industry have joined forces with Cote d'Ivoire to support its strategic objectives to combat child labor. Read More

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