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These are all the posts that have been tagged with africa.

Co-ordinating cocoa sustainability

The Hershey Company has announced it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a strategy to co-ordinate cocoa sustainability efforts among the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. The World Cocoa Foundation will act as the convener for the group, which seeks to build a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector for at least 300,000 […]

Supporting cocoa farming communities

Cargill has strengthened its programme with CARE in Côte d’Ivoire to launch a $2.4million partnership with the Conseil du Café-Cacao and 14 cocoa farmer co-operatives. The partnership aims to improve the availability of healthcare and increase the number of children with access to good quality educational facilities across 14 local communities. This partnership in Côte d’Ivoire […]

Head of sales and marketing

Taura Natural Ingredients, a fruit ingredients and snacks company, has appointed Peter Forceville as head of sales and marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr Forceville will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities for Taura’s Ultra Rapid Concentration (URC) fruit products in the EMEA region and will be based at […]

New EMEA vice president

The Ingredion group of companies in Europe has announced the appointment of Martin Sonntag to the role of vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Working closely with international teams across the region, Sonntag’s core responsibility will be the strategic management and growth of the Ingredion business in EMEA. Sonntag has […]

Going organic

Rafal Taciak, commercial director for cocoa and Christina Franken, marketing communication, Tradin Organic, discuss the challenges of meeting a growing demand for organic cocoa.

Manufacturer buys cocoa supplier

Barry Callebaut has acquired the remaining 51% of Biolands Group, its long-time supplier of certified cocoa beans from East and West Africa. Barry Callebaut has been purchasing 100% of Biolands’ top-grade cocoa since 2000 and acquired a 49% stake in Tanzanian-based Biolands International in 2008. Since then, the model has been replicated in Sierra Leone […]

Peanut company expands

Golden Peanut Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company, has acquired an 80% stake in the assets of P-Farm Agentre, on of the largest peanut processors in South Africa. The company will operate under the name Golden Peanut and Tree Nut S.A. Alfonso Visser has privately owned the firm since 1997, and […]

Sales team strengthened

Baker Perkins has strengthened its sales organisation with the appointment of a sales director, sales team leaders and a process team manager. Dan Bassett is now sales director, capital goods, responsible for all sales and sales support functions. Steve Philpott is sales team leader for the bakery and biscuit sectors; Jason Scott covers confectionery, cereal […]

Robotic solutions

Automation solutions specialist Sewtec, which designs and installs bespoke production lines for the confectionery industry, has invested £500,000 in the establishment of a stand-alone research and development centre, to support customer projects and enable the company to further develop its range of robotic solutions and grow its business. The new facility, next to Sewtec’s existing […]

Focus on cocoa farming

Barry Callebaut – manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – has announced its 2012/13 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s strategy in the areas of sustainable cocoa, environmental protection and employee development. The report focuses on the Barry Callebaut initiatives that improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers, through sustainable cocoa practices. “With a growing […]

Centre for developing markets

Kerry Group, the global ingredients and flavours and consumer foods group, has opened the Kerry Regional Development & Application Centre in Dubai, UAE, to serve its global and regional customer base in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The centre, which is at the Jumeriah Lakes Towers, Dubai, was officially opened by Minister Simon […]

Good taste

Jonathan Thomas, principal market analyst at Leatherhead Food Research, discusses the role of flavours in confectionery and snacks.

Carrageenan substitute

Global ingredient solutions provider, the Ingredion group of companies, is launching the first clean label ingredient that can replace carrageenan in the formulation of dairy-based puddings and custards. The co-texturiser Novation Indulge 2740 is being launched in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and is the only carrageenan substitute to be simply labelled as ‘starch’. […]

Cocoa coalition signs declaration

The African Cocoa Coalition (ACC), which comprises autonomous non- governmental organisations and farmer groups active in the cocoa sector, has become the 35th stakeholder to sign the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration. David Guba Kpelle, the ACC’s programme director, signed the Declaration on behalf of the Coalition at the recent International Workshop on Cocoa Certification in Douala, […]