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

Experts discuss cocoa certification

The ICCO’s latest International Workshop brought to Douala, Cameroon a group of world experts to tackle the thorny issue of certification in the cocoa sector. The International Workshop on Cocoa Certification, which took place from 24-27 June 2013 at the Sawa Hotel in Douala, the commercial capital of Cameroon, attracted more than 150 participants from […]

Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote sustainable practice

Barry Callebaut, manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has inaugurated its new Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote advanced agricultural techniques in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producing country. To date Barry Callebaut has invested about CHF 1 million (€800,000 / US $1.1 million) in the centre, which includes training facilities for farmers […]

Hershey signs Abidjan cocoa declaration

Hershey has signed the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration, bringing the total number of cocoa stakeholder signatories to 34, the ICCO announced. Vice president global commodities Frank Day signed the Declaration in late February on behalf of The Hershey Company. The company—the largest producer of chocolate in North America—has about 14,000 employees and annual revenues of over […]

Promoting education in cocoa communities

Barry Callebaut recently inaugurated two new rural primary schools and community learning centres in Côte d’Ivoire. Since 2010 the company has funded the construction of seven primary schools in Côte d’Ivoire, providing a total to date of 21 furnished classrooms to enable over 1,000 children in rural cocoa growing areas to attend school. The company’s […]

Don’t forget the farmers

The future of cocoa supply is always at the forefront of our minds. With demand increasing rapidly, industry is worried about how supply will keep up. With this in mind, my publisher, Neil McRitchie attended the Asia Choco Congress in Jakarta, Indonesia  to see how we can increase production sustainably. His thoughts from the conference […]

Barry Callebaut protects national park

Barry Callebaut is helping protect the Taï National Park in southwest Côte d’Ivoire. The park is one of the last major remnants of the vast primary tropical forest that once spanned across present-day Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and is the largest island of forest remaining in West Africa, according to the UNESCO […]

Isle of Wight Biltong pack a punch

Isle of Wight Biltong, a specialist provider of the South African delicacy, believes it is on the brink of huge growth and success thanks to the new vertical form fill and seal equipment it has purchased from KernPack.  The new machine is due for delivery in late March and will be put into production within […]

Kerry Ingredients acquires Orley Foods

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours has completed the acquisition of the Cape Town-based sweet ingredient solutions supplier Orley Foods for an undisclosed sum. Orley Foods is part of the Libstar Holdings Group and has a 50-year history of providing sweet ingredients for the confectionery, ice cream, beverage, cereal, dairy and bakery markets. The deal comes a […]

Ghana’s cocoa receives a boost

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and chocolate maker TCHO are collaborating to introduce innovations and quality improvements to cocoa grown in Ghana. This will take the form of a Flavour Lab located at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) and on-farm extension work. The project’s goal is to demonstrate to farmers the direct link between […]

ADM appoints global sustainability general manager

Archer Daniels Midland Company has appointed Dr Kai-Uwe Ostheim as general manager – global sustainability cocoa. He will lead ADM Cocoa’s global sustainability programme, as the company looks to build on the success of its existing initiatives and meet growing customer and consumer interest in supporting farming communities around the world. Based in Rolle, Switzerland, […]

Combating African cocoa pests and diseases

A new initiative is being introduced to tackle cocoa pests and diseases in West Africa. The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is to lead the initiative, in partnership with the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the European Cocoa Association (ECA). The world’s two leading chocolate manufacturers, Mars and Mondelez International, and other companies are expected […]

Bosch sees potential in Africa

Bosch Packaging Technology has opened a sales and service office in Cairo, Egypt. With a population of over 80 million and growing, Egypt is experiencing tremendous growth in the confectionery industry. Bosch’s new office provides local sales and service support to meet the increased packaging demand in Egypt and beyond, including large parts of Africa and the […]

Helping farmers adapt to climate change

Nestlé’s work to help cocoa and coffee farmers adapt to environmental challenges has been recognised as an example of best practice by the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The company believes one of the best ways it can support farmers in preserving crops vulnerable to the effects of climate change is by […]

October 2011

Regulars: Editorial comment News round up Products, packs promotions Ingredients news Processing & packaging news Diary Confectioner’s comment… Peter Meadows, marketing director of UK & Europe, California Raisins Features: Africa’s chocolate meltdown Snack attack Popping up everywhere Winners and losers of EFSA’s health claim rulings Creating value added brands Going wild Ideal inclusions The healthier […]