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Ghana boosts cocoa processing output

Ghana boosts cocoa processing output
April 2, 2009 - Ghana's Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) has more than doubled its cocoa bean processing capacity to 64,500 tonnes a year, after completing a five-year rehabilitation and expansion programme.

Reports from Ghana's local press state that at the company's annual general meeting this week the company said the boost in output is in line with plans by the western African country "encourage processing".
One of the two CPC factories grinds beans into semi-finished products such as cocoa liquor, butter, natural and alkalised cake, or powder while the other plant manufacturers confectionery products under the 'Golden Tree' brand.
At 690,000 tonnes, Ghana is the world's number two supplier of cocoa beans behind its...

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Cadbury to sell mainstream Fairtrade chocolate

Cadbury to sell mainstream Fairtrade chocolate
March 5, 2009 - Yesterday confectionary maker Cadbury and the Fairtrade Foundation announced their plans to source the cocoa for Cadbury’s mainstream chocolate brand, Dairy Milk, under Fairtrade terms. This certified chocolate bar is expected to be available in the British and Irish shops by August 2009.

Herewith the procurement of Fairtrade cocoa produced in Ghana will triple from around 5,000 tonnes to 15,000 tonnes annually. Cadbury’s announcement is in line with its Cocoa Partnership Program, an initiative to improve the working and living conditions of 500,000 Ghanaian cocoa farmers in the next ten years.
Although certified cocoa is already used in premium high-quality chocolate, Cadbury is the first...

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Mars Inc. raises the bar on sustainably grown cocoa with commitment to global certification

April 8, 2009 - Mars, Incorporated is proud to be the first global chocolate company to commit to fundamentally changing the way sustainable cocoa farming practices are advanced by aiming to certify its entire cocoa supply as being produced in a sustainable manner, by 2020.
The announcement is the latest milestone in the long-standing cocoa sustainability efforts of Mars, one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers. For 30 years, Mars has led the chocolate industry in its efforts to achieve sustainable cocoa production, investing well over $10 million in each of the past several years in a wide range of initiatives.
“As a leader in the pursuit of a sustainable global cocoa industry, Mars, Incorporated in line with its Five Principles, is working...

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Chocoladeproducent omarmt fairtrade (Dutch only)

Chocoladeproducent omarmt fairtrade (Dutch only)
Juni 13, 2009 - Alle chocolade van Verkade is sinds 2008 'eerlijk'. Cacaoboeren in Ivoorkust profiteren.
'Het was best spannend’, geeft Verkade-directeur Bart Merkus toe. ‘We wilden graag in één keer de overstap naar honderd procent duurzame chocolade maken, maar dat was nooit eerder gedaan...'

'Het zou te moeilijk en te duur zijn, en de aanvoer en kwaliteit oncontroleerbaar. Maar we wisten dat de Nederlandse consument heel positief tegenover ‘faire’ chocola staat. Door de goede samenwerking met Max Havelaar en Oxfam Novib hadden we bovendien het gevoel dat we wisten hoe de chocoladeketen in elkaar zat. Nadat in 2006 de beslissing was genomen, hadden we eind 2008 de zaak rond. Sindsdien is alle chocolade van...

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Tea growers protest at layoffs and low wages

Tea growers protest at layoffs and low wages
May 28, 2009 - As tea continues to attract better prices at the Mombasa auction, a trade union and multinational tea companies in the country are embroiled in a row over low wages and massive sackings of employees.

The Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) wants multinational tea companies to suspend the introduction of tea plucking and pruning machines saying the technology was impacting negatively on the tea industry.
The union’s national treasurer, Mr Joshua Oyuga, said more than 10,000 employees in the tea industry had been sacked following the introduction of the machines by some tea companies two years ago.
Mr Oyuga claims the tea companies have consequently reduced payment for harvested...

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Meer Fairtrade levensmiddelen in boodschappentas (Dutch only)

Meer Fairtrade levensmiddelen in boodschappentas (Dutch only)
April 3, 2009 - In 2008 kocht 28% van de Nederlandse huishoudens één of meerdere fairtrade levensmiddelen, 740.000 huishoudens meer dan in 2006. Deze groei is met name te danken aan een breder assortiment en een grotere bekendheid van fairtrade producten.

Het merendeel van de huishoudens koopt fairtrade producten uit ideële motieven, maar vindt ook de goede smaak een belangrijk argument. Dit blijkt uit onderzoek van de Nationale Commissie voor Internationale Samenwerking en Duurzame Ontwikkeling (NCDO) in samenwerking met Max Havelaar en Fair Trade Original naar koopgedrag en -motieven bij fairtrade levensmiddelen. De meest verkochte producten zijn koffie-, fruit- en cacaoproducten. De kopersgroep...

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Dutch retail giant introduces a ‘pure & fair’ product line

Dutch retail giant introduces a ‘pure & fair’ product line
May 28, 2009 - Dutch retail market leader Albert Heijn presents its new private label line, named AH pure&fair. This new private label line is a so-called umbrella brand for all AH products categorized as biological, fair trade, sustainable fish and free-range meat

“Consumer research showed that consumers, who want to purchase sustainable products, are often confused by the high amount of logos, certificates and sustainability claims. Because of their uniformity AH pure&fair products will be immediately recognisable to consumers as a responsible choice”, according to AH director Dick Boer.
At the moment AH has about 200 biological and 40 fair trade products under its private label line....

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