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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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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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Koffiecoöperaties in problemen door prijzen

Koffiecoöperaties in problemen door prijzen
Juli 20, 2011 - Coöperaties van koffieboeren in ontwikkelingslanden hebben het afgelopen oogstseizoen vaker niet aan hun leveringsverplichtingen kunnen voldoen. Koffiebranders kunnen daardoor op dit moment moeilijker aan koffie komen. Dat meldde Fairtrade International, de koepelorganisatie van het keurmerk voor eerlijke handel waarbij ook het Nederlandse Max Havelaar is aangesloten, woensdag.

Boeren die lid zijn van de coöperaties, leveren namelijk in toenemende mate direct aan opkopers. De coöperaties werken vaak met enkele maanden voor de oogst vastgestelde garantieprijzen, waarvoor ze de koffie van de boeren kopen en doorverkopen aan handelaars. Maar omdat de prijzen van koffiebonen in een paar maanden...

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4C achieves full ISEAL membership

4C achieves full ISEAL membership
September 15, 2011 - The 4C Association graduated to Full Membership status in ISEAL, thereby joining the leading group of sustainability standards that have demonstrated their credibility through compliance with ISEAL Codes and accompanying good practices.
"The 4C Association is very proud to become a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and be part of a leading community of standard setting organisations. By achieving full ISEAL membership, the 4C Association has demonstrated that its standard setting process is credible, transparent and participatory”, stated Melanie Rutten-Sülz, Executive Director of the 4C Association.

4C Association began as a project in 2002 called the Common Code for the Coffee Community (CCCC) and is...

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TCC announces its closing

TCC announces its closing

September 21, 2011 - Dear Partners and Friends of the Tropical Commodity Coalition

 

The Tropical Commodity Coalition (TCC) has always combined the strengths of numerous civil society organisations to promote sustainability in the coffee, cocoa and tea sectors. Established in 2002 as the Coffee Coalition, the TCC is currently a recognised player. We are pleased to feel that the Coalition is respected amongst international organisations and industry as a neutral entity.

 

When the Coalition was established, sustainability in coffee, cocoa and tea was barely on the agenda of the big multi-nationals. On the contrary, many industry players rejected the program of civil society organisations to improve the living conditions...

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Sara Lee Launches Ambitious Five-year Sustainable Coffee Plan

Sara Lee Launches Ambitious Five-year Sustainable Coffee Plan
January 10, 2011 Sara Lee Corp.announced today a new five-year initiative to boost its sustainable commodity program. In the past five years Sara Lee has become the world's largest buyer of UTZ CERTIFIED coffee thanks to cumulative purchases of more than 110 million kilos of the commodity. Today the company committed to more than triple that amount in the next five years and purchase at least 350 million kilos across all its markets and product segments. The company estimates its sustainability investments can deliver to coffee farmers, their associations and representatives up to $100 million of income over and above what they would have earned by selling uncertified coffee beans in the open...

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