The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has called for ‘a massive expansion’ of collaboration from the industry’s key players to reach out at risk children and adults who are vulnerable to forced labour within the sector, reports Neill Barston As the child-protection organisation revealed to Confectionery Production in its lates 2021-26 strategy, its main goal remains increasing children’s and workers’ rights… Read more »
‘Nibs’ are expected to get in China and other international markets.
New Partnership in West Africa and Latin America Focused on Industry’s Sustainability
As demand for chocolate rises, leaders in the industry focus on creating a sustainable cocoa supply chain by helping to improve farming techniques and empower farming communities.
ADM Cocoa, one of the world’s largest processors and suppliers of cocoa products, will detail its S.E.R.A.P. (Socially and Environmentally Responsible Agricultural Practices) program at the upcoming World Cocoa Conference (WCC) in Amsterdam, which will be held next week June 9 -13.
Mondelez International, the world’s pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, is sending nine employees from around the world to learn and serve in cocoa-farming communities in Ghana. The pilot Joy Ambassadors program gathers employees from seven countries – Brazil, China, the U.S., the U.K., Russia, Sweden and Switzerland – to learn directly from cocoa communities about their successes and challenges, while sharing employees’ diverse business skills.
As part of the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the first Brazilian cocoa farmers have become UTZ Certified and their products can now carry the UTZ Certified label.
Cargill Inc. broke ground on a U.S. 100 million USD investment to construct a state-of-the-art cocoa processing facility in Gresik, in the East-Java region of Indonesia. Cargill stated that the new facility is to meet the growing demand amongst customers for cocoa products and to encourage the development of the Asian cocoa sector.
Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, today unveiled a unique addition to its Cocoa Horizons sustainability initiative – the Cocoa Horizons Truck: A multi-purpose mobile unit powered by solar energy, which provides space for farmer training sessions in good agricultural practices, basic health care services, literacy training and child labor sensitization programs. The Cocoa Horizons Truck, built in Belgium, will now be shipped to Côte d’Ivoire where it will travel through the cocoa growing regions as of July. The Cocoa Horizons Truck is a pilot project and part of Barry Callebaut’s plan to significantly step up the impact of its Quality Partner Program (QPP), a cocoa farming program which is an integral part of the company’s 10-year Cocoa Horizons sustainability initiative.
Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has trained 15,000 cocoa farmers from 50 farmer cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire in sustainable cocoa production, enabling them to become independently certified by Rainforest Alliance. The cooperatives are located throughout Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa production belt, with the majority located in Bas-Sassandra, the country’s biggest cocoa-producing region today.