Chocolate Companies

SOME FIND TONY’S CHOCOLONELY MESSAGING HARD TO SWALLOW

The Dutch confectionery company, Tony’s Chocolonely, is causing a stir again, shortly after their badly received advent calendar stunt that had a missing chocolate. This time the ethically motivated chocolate makers have teamed up with UK supermarket Waitrose to release their latest range of flavours, and while there’s nothing extraordinary about the ingredients, the names …

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TONY’S CHOCOLONELY ADVENT CALENDAR, LEAVES EMPTY FEELING

The Dutch confectionery company Tonys Chocolonely is best known for their chunky uneven bars of chocolate, which they use to serve as a reminder of the inequality behind the cocoa-based treats we enjoy. The company is no stranger to publicity, stunts which sometimes land them in hot water. This appears to be the case with …

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MONDELĒZ’S APPOINTMENT OF ERTHARIN COUSIN TO BOARD IS POSITIVE STEP

Mondelēz appointing a Board member is not often interesting news, but this appointment peaked my interest once I started looking into the background of their appointee. Ertharin Cousin’s list of accomplishments goes on for so long that I had to check I wasn’t accidentally looking up two different people.  It’s worth looking at her Wikipedia …

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BARRY CALLEBAUT’S NEW CEO GIVES MARKET UPDATE

Barry Callebaut held a press call to update the market about their progress and strategy. New CEO Peter Boone explained that their business was more resilient than some others in the industry since they were able to pass on increases in raw material costs. The market overall has been depressed during the Pandemic, but Boone …

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CARGILL ADDS GRINDING CAPACITY IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE IN CHALLENGE TO NETHERLANDS

Reuters reported that Cargill is developing its plant in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire to increase capacity to 50,000 tonnes, following tax incentives offered by the Ivorian government, which is trying to woo chocolate companies into processing locally instead of exporting raw cocoa. The grinding plant required a $100 million investment to increase our …

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BARRY CALLEBAUT UNWRAPS WORLDS LARGEST CHOCOLATE WAREHOUSE

Barry Callebaut unveiled a huge new logistics hub in Lokeren, Belgium the size of 12 football fields, and 41 meters high. The warehouse is the largest operations infrastructure the company has ever made and will centralise the shipping functions, taking chocolate from factories in Wieze and Halle and sending then to Western Europe and the …

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BARRY CALLEBAUT ‘ELIX’ DRINK BASED ON CACAO FRUIT

Barry Callebaut has launched a drink based on cacao fruit, capitalising on the popular movement towards nutraceuticals, which are foods that have functional or medical benefits. Cacao has a number of scientifically evidenced health benefits, especially in the area of cardiovascular health. As we had covered in earlier reports, the studies show that there need …

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OLAM’S SUSTAINABLE BOND ISSUE RAISES QUESTIONS

Olam International has raised more money riding the current trend of using ‘Sustainable Bonds’. The company issued JPY5.5 bn (USD $50m) over 5 years, which is considered medium term. Sustainable Bonds are so-called, because the funds must be linked to a number of accepted sustainable actions. A company is incentivized to use these financial instruments …

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BARRY CALLEBAUT APPOINTS ROGIER VAN SLIGTER IN EXEC RESHUFFLE

The Board of Directors has appointed Rogier van Sligter, currently Co-President EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), sole President EMEA, effective October 1, 2021, following Andrew Fleming’s decision to pursue new career opportunities outside the Barry Callebaut Group.  Rogier van Sligter (born 1973, Dutch national) joined Barry Callebaut in 2004 as Account Manager. Prior to starting …

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OLAM’S ANNUAL COCOA CONFERENCE AND MANAGER TRAINING IN GHANA

The annual Managers’ Conference of Olam Cocoa Ghana, one of Ghana’s largest private licensed buying companies (LBCs), featured presentations and discussions with industry stakeholders on topical issues concerning the sector. COCOBOD’s Mr Aidoo, told the delegates of the plenary session that climate change and COVID 19 had had a profound effect on the cocoa sector. …

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TONY’S CHOCOLONELY AND ALDI LAUNCH NEW CHOC BAR

Tony’s Chocolonely has announced they have a second partner in their Open Chain programme. Discount supermarket chain Aldi is joining the flamboyant Dutch chocolate company in their drive for slave-free chocolate. Together, they have launched a chocolate range with the tongue-twisting name of Choceur CHOCO Changer. I can’t help but feel that someone in Tony’s …

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