Nick Baskett

Nick Baskett is the editor in Chief at Bartalks. He holds a diploma from the Financial Times as a Non Executive Director and works as a consultant across multiple industries. Nick has owned multiple businesses, including an award-winning restaurant and coffee shop in North Macedonia.

Rci 2022

REGISTRATION FOR RCI’S 2022 CHOCOLATE SUMMER BOOT CAMP NOW OPEN

Slots are filling up fast for the Chocolate Boot Camp to be held from 8 to 11 August 2022 at Fascia’s Chocolates In Waterbury, Connecticut. The summer course will be hosted by Retail Confectioners International (RCI). RCI members and non-members are both welcome to enrol in the four-day course, where they can learn practical techniques …

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FLAVOUR CATALOGUE: A VALUABLE MARKETING TOOL FOR CENTRAL AMERICAN CACAO EXPORTERS

CBI, together with the EU, SIECA and local partners, is creating a flavour catalogue. This catalogue profiles 60 specially-selected cacao samples from 6 Central American countries. The catalogue is one of many outcomes of the Connecting Central America project. It is a valuable tool for promoting the Central American varieties of fine flavour cacao. Representatives …

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Pronatec

PRONATEC GOES ORGANIC IN NEW PROCESSING PLANT

Swiss company PRONATEC opens its organic Cocoa processing plant in Beringen, Switzerland, to produce semi-finished Cocoa products, namely Cocoa mass, Cocoa butter and Cocoa powder. Around 15,000 tonnes of organic Cocoa beans sourced from smallholder cooperatives will be processed by PRONATEC Swiss Cocoa Production per year. Having its own Cocoa processing plant enables PRONATEC to …

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Cacao Seller

NIGERIA WANTS PRODUCTION OF 500K TONNES BY 2024. IS THAT REALISTIC?

The Nigerian Government stated last week that it was committed to increasing Nigeria’s cocoa production to 500,000 tonnes by 2024. The country, which is the fourth largest cocoa producer in the world, is expected to have a slight drop in production this year to around 270 -280,000 tonnes. Meeting the goal a mere two years …

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Uganda Coffee

UGANDA’S COFFEE SCANDAL SIGNALS ROTTEN ELEMENTS IN GOVERNMENT

A scandal in the Ugandan coffee sector reached boiling point when earlier this year a contract referred to as The Coffee Agreement was thankfully prevented by a group of honest politicians who saw through the scheme designed to enrich a few at the expense of the industry. The contract in question was between the Uganda …

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MALAYSIA COCOA GRINDER GCB Q1 2022 PROFIT GROWTH

GUAN Chong Bhd (GCB) saw its net profit rise 57.2% to RM53.3m ($12.14m) in Q1 2022, from RM33.9m ($7.72m) in the previous corresponding quarter. However, this gain should be weighed against the 30.5% drop in net profit for YE 2021. The company had shown a strong financial performance until last year, with profitability gains every …

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Towt Shipping

SHIPPING COFFEE WITH SAILBOATS

Shipping is responsible for about 2.5 per cent of global carbon emissions. Add to that the noise pollution that prevents certain marine animals from finding their way around or communicating with potential mates. Sailboats could be a good answer to the problems on several fronts. Bartalks reported that the Piccadilly-based department store Fortnum & Mason …

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