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The coffee-producing countries earn very little from the sale and export of their produce. Green coffee beans, a minimally processed product, accounts for approximately 95% of coffee exports. A large share of the profits in the coffee supply chain go to the middlemen and the large roasters. International coffee trading companies operate in the coffee-producing countries via joint ventures with local middlemen. Five large companies control this trade: Neumann and Volcafé (both based in Germany); Cargill; Decotrade (trading arm of Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts) and Taloca (owned by Philip Morris/Kraft), both based in Switzerland. International traders are likely to continue investing in operations in origin countries so as to meet the needs of major roasters....

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How To Bottle Cold Brew Coffee

If you’re looking for a delicious way to produce a stunning cup of coffee, you might want to consider making cold brew. There are many ways you can use a cold brew, from making iced coffee to producing hot coffee or drinking it straight. However, before you start brewing, you want to make sure that you have the right ingredients. But with so many types of coffee on the market, it can be hard to know which one you should be using. This ground coffee analysis breaks down the different options, so you’ll know the best one for you. Once you’ve got the coffee, you’ll be able to start the...

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Ben & Jerry’s Goes Globally Nuts for Fair Trade

February 18, 2010 - Ben & Jerry’s announces its commitment to go fully Fair Trade across its entire global flavor portfolio. From Cherry Garcia to Chocolate Fudge Brownie, all of the flavors in all of the countries where Ben & Jerry’s is sold will be converted to Fair Trade Certified ingredients by the end of 2013.

Ben & Jerry’s was the first ice cream company in the world to use Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients starting in 2005, and today it’s racing ahead as the first ice cream company to make such a significant commitment to Fair Trade across its global portfolio.

Company co-founder Jerry Greenfield said, ”Fair Trade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of Fair Trade goes to the heart of our...

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ADM-led project aims to boost Indonesian cocoa quality

ADM-led project aims to boost Indonesian cocoa quality

June 9, 2011 - Leading cocoa processor Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced it is kick-starting its Ivory Coast sustainable cocoa initiative – Serap – in Indonesia in a bid to boost cocoa quality from growers in that region.

 

Indonesia is the third largest cocoa growing nation in the world, with growers in Sulawesi the target of the programme, said ADM.

A spokesperson for the cocoa processor told ConfectioneryNews.com that sustainability is essential to ensuring the long term future of the country's cocoa industry.

"In Indonesia, cocoa farming is the main source of income for more than 600,000 smallholder farmers and their families, most of whom are located on the island of...

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The First Aromas and Flavors of Chocolate of Ecuador Fair

The First Aromas and Flavors of Chocolate of Ecuador Fair

24 August, 2011 - The First Aromas and Flavors of Chocolate of Ecuador Fair took place on July, 27th, 2011 at the National Agriculture Research Institute’s (INIAP) Pichilingue Experimental Station, outside of Quevedo, Ecuador. The event was implemented by the Ecuadorian NGO Conservacion y Desarrollo, along with 11 cocoa growers’ association and INIAP and was financed by The World Bank’s Development Marketplace Program.

 

The event was attended by over 1000 cocoa farmers, as well as over 200 members of the national press, leaders in the cocoa/ chocolate industry of Ecuador, members of government agencies and donors. The day consisted of visiting the stands of the 11 growers’ associations,...

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No sweet Easter for Ivorian cocoa farmers

No sweet Easter for Ivorian cocoa farmers

April 20, 2011 - As Easter approaches, there is hope of an end to the political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, as President Alassane Outtara assumes office following a bitter conflict. While a humanitarian emergency in the country remains, it is expected that the export of cocoa - the country’s main crop - will be resumed shortly. VOICE, the European cocoa network of NGOs and unions calls upon the cocoa industry to speed and scale up their efforts for a sustainable cocoa sector, free of the worst forms of child labour. The VOICE Cooperation Statement can be found here.

 

The conflict in the Cote d’Ivoire, which has been going on for a decade, is caused in its deepest roots by poverty in the region....

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Intentieverklaring: in 2025 alleen nog duurzame cacaoconsumptie

Maart 4, 2010 - Vandaag tekenen de belangrijkste spelers uit de Nederlandse cacaosector een intentieverklaring met Minister Verburg van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit (LNV) waarin zij aangeven te streven naar volledig duurzame cacaoconsumptie in 2025. Tien jaar eerder, in 2015 moet al 50% van de Nederlandse cacao duurzaam zijn.

De grootste concurrenten in de cacaosector gaan onder regie van het Initiatief Duurzame Handel samenwerken aan een snelle verduurzaming van de Nederlandse cacaosector. In 2015 moet minimaal 50% van alle cacaobonen die gebruikt worden in cacaoproducten voor de Nederlandse markt gegarandeerd duurzaam zijn; in 2020 gaat het om 80% duurzame cacaoconsumptie in Nederland in 2020; en in 2025 dus om 100%.

Het is voor de eerste keer...

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CocoaLink connects farmers with information

CocoaLink connects farmers with information

April 18, 2011 - The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and The Hershey Company in the US have joined together to launch a new project that aims to connect cocoa farmers with much-needed information.

The project, CocoaLink, is a public-private partnership between the three organisations, and is an innovative agricultural extension service that uses mobile phones to carry messages to farmers in remote places.

 

The programme was unveiled in March at an event which included the Honourable E T Mensah, Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, and James Nevels, Chairman of The Hershey Company.

The CocoaLink programme is currently enrolling farmers in a pilot area in...

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Barry Callebaut sells Stollwerck to Baronie Group

Barry Callebaut sells Stollwerck to Baronie Group

July 11, 2011 - Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocolate products maker, announced today it will sell its European consumer business Stollwerck to Belgium's Baronie Group for an undisclosed price.

 

The group, which makes chocolate for companies such as Nestle and Hershey , has been trying to sell the unit for some time. In 2009, a deal with Spain's Natra failed as the two companies could not agree on the valuation.

The transaction with Baronie Group also includes a non-exclusive long-term supply agreement for about 25,000 tonnes of chocolate annually that will make Baronie Group and Stollwerck strategic partners of Barry Callebaut, the group said in a statement.

"We are very...

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Leading partners in coffee trade and industry form IDH Coffee Program

Leading partners in coffee trade and industry form IDH Coffee Program
August 3, 2011 - The IDH Coffee Program is a public-private cooperation involving the coffee industry, trade and export partners, governments, NGO’s and standard setting organizations. The 4 founding industry participants are Kraft Foods, Nestlé, Sara Lee and Tchibo, representing an annual coffee purchases of 36 million bags or 30% of global production. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is involved as a development partner. Additional participation is channeled through the Royal Dutch Coffee and Tea Association (KNVKT), the European Coffee Federation (ECF) and the Tropical Commodity Coalition (TCC). Other partners are currently being engaged.

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