The Hershey Company has announced a new three-year programme expanding its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producing country. In partnership with Cargill, Hershey Learn to Grow Ivory Coast will encompass seven farmer co-operatives and will include investments in educational infrastructure and teacher housing. Through Hershey Learn to […]
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Unilever and Solidaridad have announced a new strategic partnership to improve the lives of one million people in Unilever’s extended supply chains. The agreement was signed at Unilever’s annual Partner to Win Supplier Summit in London. The partnership will be focused on promoting gender equity, improving agricultural and labour practices as well as supporting young […]
Cargill’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia cocoa and chocolate business has appointed Inge Demeyere as its new managing director, chocolate. Demeyere began her career working in the vegetable oils sector and joined Cargill from Vandemoortele in 1998 as a purchasing manager. Following a range of roles in Cargill’s European refined oils business, […]
Whitworths has chosen IFS Applications 8 to improve manufacturing efficiency, stock control and supply chain forecasting. Based in Northamptonshire, UK, Whitworths manufactures healthier snacking, breakfast, baking and cooking products, such as dried fruits and nuts, which are distributed to many major UK supermarkets and other retail outlets. It sources raw materials from a diverse range […]
It was revealed after the latest Innova Market Insights global new products report that almonds have maintained their position as leading nut type as they have since 2006. Almonds are also the top nut used in bakery, desserts, cereal and ice cream worldwide and are the second most popular nut for snacking. Confectionery has continued […]
Bosch Packaging Technology is aiming to expand its position in the packaging technology market globally by 2020, and in particular in Africa and Asia. The company also intends to spur further growth by venturing into new fields of business. “We expect to see fundamental change in the market for packaging machinery. We not only want […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Rafal Taciak, commercial director for cocoa and Christina Franken, marketing communication, Tradin Organic, discuss the challenges of meeting a growing demand for organic cocoa.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jonathan Thomas, principal market analyst at Leatherhead Food Research, discusses the role of flavours in confectionery and snacks.
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’. […]
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, […]