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NIGERIA’S FUEL SHORTAGE AND COSTS ARE HURTING COCOA TRANSPORT

Nigeria is experiencing huge queues at petrol stations and a scarcity of fuel as market, vandalism and logistic problems plague the industry. There are a series of logistics issues as regards the supply chain. But the government and stakeholders are engaging in order to get a solution to these issues. However, we believe that this

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HIGH RAINFALL IN PARTS OF CÔTE D’IVOIRE WORRY FARMERS

Above-average rain across most of Côte d’Ivoire’s Cocoa-growing regions last week could cause disease and damage the first beans of the October-to-March main crop in some areas, farmers said on Monday. In the main growing region of Soubre, 276.4mm of rain fell last week while the average is only 17.7mm. It is too much rain,

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COCOBOD PLEDGES 113,000 BAGS OF FERTILISER TO ASSIN SOUTH COCOA FARMERS

Ghana’s Cocoa Board, COCOBOD, has made a pledge to distribute 113,000 bags of fertiliser for Cocoa through the Cocoa Health and Extension Division (CHED). Approximately 207 farmer cooperative groups in the Assin South District of the Centre Region will receive the fertilisers. The additional farming input aims to boost Cocoa production in the benefitting regions

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COMPANIES OPPOSE NESPRESSO’S B CORP CERTIFICATION 

Bartalks reported in May about Nespresso achieving B Corp certification. It is a certification bestowed upon businesses with “high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors, from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.” In order to achieve the certification, a company must score above 80 points on

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WE TALK WITH CROPSTER ABOUT THEIR NEW CAFE INTEGRATION WITH LA MARZOCCO

When Cropster released their new Cropster Cafe integration with La Marzocco, I dropped them a line and asked if they’d talk to me about it. Pretty soon, I was talking with Cropster Global Sales Manager of New Products Andy Benedikter and Nicholas Castellano, a digital marketing specialist at the company. On the face of it,

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NGUYEN COFFEE SECURES $2.6M FUNDING TO MAKE ROBUSTA MAINSTREAM

Nguyen Coffee Supply, America’s first speciality Vietnamese coffee importer and roaster, has secured $2.6 million in seed funding. Founder Sahra Nguyen is quite a character. Her website greets you with a video message directly from her and is filled with media endorsements, pictures of Sahra with coffee farmers and statements of the benefits of the

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ANOTHER UNION BATTLE – THIS TIME WITH COFFEE TREE ROASTERS!

While Starbucks may have lost their recent battle over unionization in Buffalo New York, that isn’t putting off owners of Pittsburgh coffee chain, The Coffee Tree Roasters who are engaged in a familiar sounding battle with their employees. In managing their side of the campaign, the Pittsburgh-based company appears to be taking a page from

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NESTLÉ LOSES BATTLE TO EXTEND TRADEMARK ON ORIGINAL CAPSULE

Nestlé’s appeal to protect the shape of Nespresso coffee capsules under trademark law was rejected by Switzerland’s highest court. They agreed with the previous court reasoning that the shape of the Nespresso capsules is ordinary and unmemorable. Furthermore, the court ruled that a trademark cannot protect a shape of a capsule if it must be

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