The Barry Callebaut Group has delivered groundbreaking for construction of a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility in Baramati, serving the fast-growing Indian confectionery market and global food groups.
Preparations for this year’s European Cocoa Forum are fast gathering pace, as Neill Barston discovered speaking to the European Cocoa Association (ECA) chairman Steven Retzlaff, president of global Cocoa at Barry Callebaut.
The Cargill group has reported its fourth quarter earnings were $476 million, down by 41% against a record figure last year of $809 million, which it attributed to challenging global market conditions.
Ghana and Ivory coast governments have failed to reach an agreement with the confectionery industry over plans to create a minimum price for their cocoa supplies.
The Barry Callebaut group is to deliver a major investment in its production activities with the construction of a new global distribution centre (GDC) in Lokeren, Belgium.
The Rainforest Alliance has confirmed the two winners of the first-ever international Ag-Tech Developer Challenge, involving remote-sensing data products to gain insights to benefit cocoa farmers it works with globally.
Cargill has released a collection of sustainability reports covering four of its key businesses, including Cocoa and Chocolate.
The latest chocolate and sustainability report from Cargill has highlighted its work supporting key cocoa growing communities across Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Indonesia.
The global ingredients group Olam International has delivered an upturn in its financial performance, with revenues for the quarter standing at $7.3 billion, up 16% year-on-year.
Solidaridad, the organisation supporting farming communities around the world including cocoa farmers, is marking its 50th anniversary with a conference at its base in Utrecht in the Netherlands on 16 May.
Ghana’s Cocoa Board (Cocobod) has increased a crop compensation package for landowners and cocoa farmers who agree to cut and replant their Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) affected farms under the on-going National Cocoa Rehabilitation Programme.
With sustainability of cocoa sourcing remaining high on the sector’s agenda, confectionery consultant Graham Godfrey asks if responsibly farmed alternatives to cocoa butter, such as palm oil, should be considered