Barry Callebaut to open cocoa ‘Farm of the Future’ in Ecuador to aid R&D

“Technology and innovation are key to the future of food system evolution, providing opportunities for improving farmer productivity and resilience, combating agriculture climate change, and reducing the impact of the environment​,” Barry Callebaut said in a statement. Ecuador is the world’s third-largest cocoa producer and one of the fastest-growing cocoa origins, as well as the … Read more

How is Mars promoting living incomes for cocoa smallholders?

Mars Inc has been making chocolate for more than 100 years. However, the company recognises that there are some systematic issues in the cocoa supply chain that are yet to be solved. Smallholder farmers produce around 95% of global cocoa supplies. A large majority of these farmers don’t make a living income to provide for … Read more

‘It’s encouraging to see the government listening’

The regulations ban volume-based promotions (buy one get one free, 50% extra and so forth) – now viewed as a lifesaver by many – on foods deemed high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), and place limits on the advertising of the so-called junk food. These restraints have now been shelved for a year, but … Read more

A Beginners Guide: Japanese Snack Subscription Services

You are in the snack aisle at your local grocery store and you know you definitely want something snacky…but nothing is really standing out to you.This has definitely happened to you before hasn’t it? Of course it’s not a dire issue but it is definitely an annoying one. A simple solution to this snack slump … Read more

Cacao-free chocolate alternative mimics the real thing, with 80% fewer CO2 emissions

Chocolate is one of the most consumed food products on the planet. Estimated to reach a total market size of $180bn by 2025, according to ResearchAndMarkets, chocolate is big business. But the chocolate industry has a ‘truly dark side’, according to London-based start-up WNWN (pronounced ‘win-win’) Food Labs. “People don’t really know about the problems … Read more

Mondelēz confirms progress in meeting ESG goals

The company said its ESG strategy and goals prioritise delivering lasting change at scale through ‘innovative and holistic approaches, collaboration for sector-wide transformation and adoption of measurable solutions’. ESG remains a long-term value driver at Mondelēz and is core to the company’s purpose, it said in a statement to the media: ‘The 2021 Snacking Made … Read more

Free-deforestation agreement readies Peruvian cocoa for new European market regulations

The Cocoa, Forest and Diversity Agreement In the context of growing demand and new European regulations for deforestation-free products, the Sustainable Production Coalition (Coalición por una Producción Sostenible), a Peruvian multi-stakeholder platform, is promoting the country’s cocoa sector agreement: ‘The Cocoa, Forest and Diversity Agreement’. Members of Peru cocoa’s Sustainable Production Coalition. Pic: solidaridadsouthamerica.org The … Read more

Fresh investments in Koa allow it to scale-up sustainable cocoa drive in Ghana

Founded in 2017, Koa is disrupting the cocoa industry through its innovative upcycling of the cocoa fruit. Koa is the first company in West Africa to have unlocked a new value chain around the so-far-discarded cocoa pulp. Working closely with cocoa smallholders, Koa reduces on-farm food waste around the cocoa fruit and generates additional farmer … Read more