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

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 […]

Kraft buys cocoa direct

8th June 2011 – The South African division of Kraft has announced that it will now pay extra for cocoa beans sourced directly from West African farmers to make its Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bar, securing it Fairtrade certification. The certification will see thousands of West African farmers receive internationally agreed Fairtrade prices for their […]

Commitment to sustainability

1st June 2011 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has released its brand new trademark for use in the market by its members. From now on, producers of cookies, chocolate and confectionery will be able to clearly show their commitment to sustainable palm oil through the use of the trademark. RSPO secretary general […]

Palsgaard takes over Emulsion Holland

16 May 2011 – Ingredients company Palsgaard makes yet another expansion move, by taking over full control of Dutch PGPR manufacturer Emulsion Holland in Zierikzee in Holland, together with its South African subsidiary Emulsion Holland South Africa. This announcement comes only months after Palsgaard A/S published its plans of constructing a new 20,000 MT emulsifier […]

Executive vice president for colours & blends division

28 February 2011 – Carsten Bennike has taken up the position of executive vice president, colours & blends division, in addition to becoming a member of the executive board of Chr. Hansen. Carsten Bennike, 46, has previously worked as executive vice president for supply chain for Hempel (2005-2009). Before joining Hempel, he held various positions […]

Record breaking cocoa shipment

15 February 2011 – Blommer Chocolate, North America’s largest processor of cocoa beans and ingredient chocolate products, has announced the single, largest cocoa bean shipment from West Africa is destined for their facility. The vessel, the Atlantic Tramp, carried 18,400 metric tons of cocoa, most of which is sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa and Blommer […]

ADM celebrates tripling of SERAP participants in five years

22 November 2010 – ADM is celebrating its fifth year of working with West African farmers to produce higher-quality cocoa crops through the company’s Socially and Environmentally Responsible Agricultural Practices (SERAP) programme. Since the programme’s inception in 2005, participation has tripled and provided almost 49,000 metric tonnes of sustainable cocoa. During the initial 2005-2006 growing […]