Cocoa

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Hydric resilience in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam district in southern Ghana

The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam district in southern Ghana recently regained cocoa district status and has excellent potential for future production due to the young age of the trees. However, young trees are more susceptible to drought, so it is crucial to consider water resilience when assessing their potential. This district has received more rainfall than average overall …

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GODIVA AND EARTHWORM FOUNDATION WORK ON TRACEABILITY

The incoming European laws over proof of origin have been the catalyst of new supply-chain initiatives. Godiva, which sources its Cocoa from the two largest producers, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, hasn’t always had a great track record for its ESG approach. In 2020 they won the Rotten Egg award for worst performing company. Mighty Earth …

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KOA’S ECONOMIC OPERATING MODEL IN GHANA

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series KOA’S BUSINESS EXPLOITS IN THE GHANAIAN COCOA SECTOR

During my master’s Thesis in 2019, I reflected on almost all the known initiatives the Ghana Government and industry stakeholders announced to have implemented to address the livelihood changes of smallholder farmers. I concluded that: It is not real for smallholder farmers to sustainably gain sufficient income to solve their income-driven challenges if they attempt …

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE AND GHANA EXPECT LOWER YIELDS AS FERTILISER BECOMES UNAFFORDABLE

Cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are likely to suffer poor yields as they cannot afford the cost of fertilizer, reports Reuters. The price has doubled and, in some cases, tripled from a year ago, farmers lamented. Nitrogen-based fertilizer such as nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (NPK) costs between 36,000 and 38,000 CFA francs ($57-$60) for a 50kg …

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GHANAIAN COCOA FARMERS RECEIVE COCONUT SEEDLINGS IN BODI ASSEMBLY

A total of 55,000 coconut seedlings have been donated to farmers in the Sefwi-Bodi District of Ghana’s Western North Region, under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) project.  The project seeks to provide an extra revenue stream for the local farmers by diversifying their offering to include crops other than Cocoa. By boosting …

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BARRY CALLEBAUT’S WIEZE FACTORY NOW SALMONELLA-FREE

Two months ago, chocolate giant Barry Callebaut shut the doors to one of its largest factories situated in Wieze, Belgium, over an outbreak of salmonella found in batches of lecithin.  The contamination required chocolate production at the facility to come to an immediate halt, while it underwent a deep cleaning process to rid the location …

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MALAYSIAN GRINDER GUAN CHONG DELIVERS STRONG Q2 RESULTS

Guan Chong Bhd (GCB) reported a 22.59% increase in net profit for the second quarter ended 30 June 2022  from RM36.39 million in the previous quarter. This was due to improved grinding margins and higher sales tonnage of cocoa ingredients following the recovery of global chocolate consumption after the pandemic. The company, which is Malaysia’s …

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NESTLÉ’S CHOCOLATE THEME PARK OPENING IN 2025

Nestlé’s upcoming chocolate theme park will be built in Gruyère, Switzerland in 2025. The Swiss chocolate giant has plans to open a Cocoa-dedicated theme park in its home country, specifically in Gruyère, a region some claim as the “chocolate capital of the world.” Swiss newspaper Le Temps reports that the ambitious project is due to …

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BARRY CALLEBAUT AGREE TO UNION DEMANDS FOR UK 10% PAY INCREASE

The British trade union Unite has reached an agreement with Barry Callebaut’s management on a 10 per cent pay rise for around 200 workers at the company’s factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Inflation in the UK is currently at 9.4%, and it is expected to rise to over 13% over the next year. The cost of …

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