People are always eager for good news about chocolate. That made us sitting ducks two years ago, when Harvard science journalist John Bohannon fooled the world by publishing a “study” that showed chocolate could help you lose weight. He watched the fake story and flimsy science get picked up by legitimate news outlets globally before finally confessing that he had conned the media to prove a point about irresponsible science journals and journalists.
French chocolate maker Cemoi Group said sales from its cocoa-processing plant in Ivory Coast exceeded forecasts in the operation’s first year as the company plans to increase output in the world’s biggest producer of the beans. Demand for Cemoi’s chocolate spread and cocoa powder produced in the West African nation continue to rise, Chief Executive Officer Patrick Poirrier said in… Read more »
UK-based retailer Tesco has announced that it will use cocoa in its products obtained only from Rainforest Alliance certified sources. The retailer has made a commitment to produce its own label chocolate products sold in the UK from those sources by the end of 2018. It also wants to ensure that the cocoa used in its other UK products, such as… Read more »
Confectionery brand Ferrero has said it will double the amount of cocoa it purchases from Fairtrade farmers to 40,000 metric tonnes over the next three years. Ferrero has sourced cocoa from Fairtrade cooperatives in Cote D’Ivoire since 2014, making it possible for them to sell a higher proportion of their crops on Fairtrade terms. And according to Ferrero, training on… Read more »
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.
Nestlé purchased more than 90,000 tonnes of cocoa from the 67 co-operatives covered by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in 2014, a year-on-year increase of almost 50% over the 2013 total. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan aims to improve the lives of cocoa farming communities and the quality of cocoa we purchase. The new data is published this week in the 2014 Nestlé… Read more »
Cocoa areas in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer, are getting enough sun to allow drying of beans and wet weather is less frequent.
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Some of the world’s largest confectionery companies have joined the fight against the Ebola virus spreading in West Africa. At the urging of the World Cocoa Foundation, donations have been made by Nestlé, Hershey, Mars, Godiva, Ghirardelli, General Mills and Mondelez International. Money will be distributed to such aid organizations as the International Federation of Red Cross, the Red Crescent Societies and Caritas, a charity with ties to the Catholic Church.
Join global leaders for a 2-day meeting to explore the status of sustainability in the chocolate and cocoa sector. The meeting, hosted by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), will feature prominent speakers from the chocolate and cocoa sector, including government, civil society, public and private sector representatives. WHAT: The World Cocoa Foundation 26th Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair… Read more »