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

ADM opens new advantage centre

1 May 2012 – ADM has opened a development centre for its customers in Koog aan de Zaan in the Netherlands – the home of its deZaan premium quality cocoa and chocolate. The centre offers customers pilot facilities, technical demonstrations, cocoa and chocolate seminars and more. As ADM’s new worldwide centre of excellence for cocoa […]

Nestle reports 7.2% growth

20 April 2012 – In the first three months of 2012, sales increased by 5.6% to CHF 21.4 billion (€17.8bn). Organic growth was 7.2%, composed of 2.8% real internal growth and pricing of 4.4%. Acquisitions net of divestitures, added 3% to sales, whilst foreign exchange had a negative impact of 4.6%. Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO […]

A looming chocolate crisis

18 April 2012 – A chocolate supply crisis may be looming says Professor David Guest, from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney. "We’re in a situation where chocolate manufacturers are anxious about meeting demand, as there’s rapidly increasing chocolate consumption in developing economies, paired with instability in cacao growing areas," […]

Drive towards sustainable cocoa

15 March 2012 – Barry Callebaut has launched a €33m cocoa sustainability initiative called Cocoa Horizons. The initiative aims to boost farm productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa producing countries in West and Central Africa and Indonesia over ten years. Barry Callebaut will focus first on large producer countries including Côte d’Ivoire, […]

Industry support against child labour

The cocoa and chocolate industry has backed an European Union (EU) resolution to fight child labour in the cocoa plantations of Africa, through supporting supply chain improvements and improving farmer organisation. However, child labour is a complex issue and will be difficult to eradicate in the context of smallholder farming, which is the prevalent model […]

Kerry Group completes acquisition

5 December 2011 – Kerry has completed the acquisition of Cargill’s global flavours business. Cargill Flavor Systems with annual revenues of approximately $200 (€148.7m). million was acquired for a total consideration of $230m (€171m). The acquisition strengthens Kerry’s capability to provide integrated customer solutions across all food and beverage end use markets. Cargill Flavor Systems […]

Making the shea supply chain transparent

29 November 2011 – Global edible oils firm IOI Loders Croklaan has launched a campaign showing that their Shea nuts supply chain from West Africa is transparent and sustainable. As a first in the industry, IOI Loders Croklaan teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance and invited them for a study into their shea nuts supply […]

Supporting cocoa sector in Cote d’Ivoire

18 November 2011 – Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has agreed a memorandum of understanding that underlines its continued support for Ivorian cocoa farmers and the development of the country’s cocoa sector. Cargill will invest $3.25 million to develop and expand its farmer training programme and support activities to enable cooperatives to obtain independent UTZ […]

More flavour from Ghana cocoa

18 October 2011 – ADM is launching a new cocoa mass made from full body, roasted 100 percent Ghana cocoa beans. UGNM 1030 is the latest cocoa mass from ADM’s Unicao brand, designed for use in fine chocolate products to confer a rich chocolate taste. “We are delighted to introduce this new 100 per cent […]

Africa’s chocolate meltdown

6 October 2011 – Climate change not only threatens the production of staple food crops, but could transform the cherished chocolate bar into a luxury few can afford, according to new research by climate scientists at the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, by its Spanish acronym). Enjoyed by sweet toothed consumers the world […]

Bar production

26 September 2011 – The non-branded contract manufacturer VSI has broken ground for a new bar production plant in the Netherlands. This new site is VSI’s third plant in Leerdam and is scheduled to be fully operational in January 2012. VSI expects to strengthen its global position with this expansion. Following a sustainable and continuous […]

New website for cocoa sector

13 September 2011 – Barry Callebaut and Biolands International, one of Africa’s largest exporters of certified organic cocoa, have announced the joint launch of a new website highlighting Biolands’ decade of achievements in the cocoa sector in Tanzania. On www.biolands.com Barry Callebaut customers can learn how the Biolands program is enabling cocoa farmers to improve […]

Revitalising Cote D’Ivoire cocoa sector

30 August 2011 – Archer Daniels Midland Company continues to actively support cocoa growing communities as ADM Cocoa, is helping revitalise the country’s cocoa sector following months of civil turmoil and an EU ban on one of the nation’s most lucrative exports. As ADM Cocoa operations resume in Côte d’Ivoire, the company is meeting with […]

South African confectionery

26 July 2011 – South Africa has one of the largest and most well established confectionery markets on the African continent, notes a recent report by Leatherhead Food Research. Unlike many of the region’s other countries, South Africa has a sizeable market for chocolate confectionery, since income levels and therefore consumer spending tend to be […]