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Cocoa News

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

2020-09-02 09:07:30
Experts Call For Doubling Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor

VOICE OF AMERICA - Experts say an international convention universally ratified in August will give children legal protection against the worst forms of child labor. In Ghana, children are still used in hazardous labor, especially in fisheries and the cocoa industry. One Ghanaian non-governmental organization is making a difference by rescuing children from work and getting them into school. Read More

2020-09-01 09:22:25
Behind the scenes: The World Cocoa Foundation’s goal securing a sustainable industry for future generations

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Striving to create fairer conditions for farmers in major producing nations serving the confectionery sector remains at the core of World Cocoa Foundation’s (WCF) values. It was 20 years ago this month that the not-for-profit organisation was bestowed with its present title, having been set up just a few years earlier by the US Chocolate Manufacturers’ Association and its related group, the American Cocoa Research Institute. Read More

2020-08-19 07:44:39
Boosting cocoa traceability with tech, collaborations and sourcing scrutiny

FOOD INGREDIENTS FIRST - Consumers are increasingly keen to learn more about the bean-to-bar journey of cocoa products. To meet this end, traceable technology and cooperation throughout the supply chain help improve the quality of cocoa, strengthen farmer relationships and improve ingredient sourcing monitorization. FoodIngredientsFirst examines future perspectives of investing in traceability, the impact of brand storytelling and the pros and cons of transparency with experts from Cargill and Olam. Read More

2020-07-10 07:22:31
Digital payments securing financial inclusion for cocoa farmers

THE COCOA POST - Cash has been the common traditional payment for cocoa bean purchases. Unarguably, a lot of risk is associated with cash transactions along the cocoa supply chain. Read More

2020-07-10 07:21:07
European platforms for sustainable cocoa join forces for stronger commitment

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Three European platforms for sustainable cocoa, The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO) and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate have signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' to instigate change in the sector's value chain. Read More

2020-06-30 15:11:23
German initiative on sustainable cocoa joins with key groups to support African farmers

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - Three key groups including the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO) and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate have united to deliver on supporting key communities in the cocoa supply chain. Read More

2020-06-22 12:18:53
Hershey talks sustainability goals: 'the challenge is the enormity of the work in front of us'

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Chocolate and confectionery make The Hershey Company reached a milestone in its CSR strategy in January when 100% of the cocoa it sources was certified sustainable. FoodNavigator speaks to the company's director of global sustainability and social impact Jeff Kind about progress to date and the road ahead.   Read More

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