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

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 […]

Hershey to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020

The Hershey Company has said it will source 100 percent certified cocoa for its global chocolate product lines by 2020 and accelerate its programmes to help eliminate child labour in the cocoa regions of West Africa. Certified cocoa will be verified through independent auditors to assure that it is grown in line with the highest […]

Raise the bar, Hershey

23 August 2012 – A new initiative by the International Labor Rights Forum asks that Hershey fully commits to ethically sourced cocoa produced under fair labour standards. The initiative is supported by 41 consumer owned grocer cooperatives and natural food retailers operating 62 stores, who are concerned about carrying the Hershey brands, Dagoba and Scharffenberger, […]

PureCircle reaches stevia leaf milestone

PureCircle has reached a major milestone in the global expansion of its supply chain reach. Several recent commercial scale shipments of stevia leaf have marked successful stevia cultivation and sourcing operations for PureCircle in Paraguay, Kenya and the US. PureCircle’s continuous investment and commitment to these regions over the past several years strategically diversifies their […]

Nestle addresses child labour

29 June 2012 – Nestlé and its partners will involve communities in Côte d’Ivoire in a new effort to prevent the use of child labour in cocoa growing areas. The initiative is part of an action plan drawn up by Nestlé in response to a report on the company’s cocoa supply chain in the West […]

Lactose free milk chocolate

15 May 2012 – Barry Callebaut has launched a lactose free milk chocolate. Initially being launched in Europe, the chocolate differs from existing offerings by using a special skimmed milk powder with the lowest lactose content available on the market. With this particular powder, Barry Callebaut can allow higher amounts of milk powder in its […]

Tackling child labour

15 May 2012 – The International Cocoa Initiative is working to eliminate child labour from the cocoa supply chain. The holistic community empowerment model promoted by ICI is recognised by ILO/IPEC as an important contribution to bringing about the sustainable changes necessary to protect children, and forms the basis of an exciting new collaboration between […]

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 […]