Cocoa Sustainability and Deforestation

Terrascope

OLAMS NEW TERRASCOPE HAS POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE FLAWED SCOPE 3 REPORTING

Olam launched Terrascope, a new business with a wonderfully catchy name that Aims to help businesses identify and report their carbon emissions. Underlying the obligatory Scrabble board of buzzwords is the potential for a serious tool. The platform itself is a software as a service. There is no product to install, and it is implemented …

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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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Cocoa In Cote D'Ivoire

FERRERO LATEST CFI REPORT CLAIMS SUCCESS IN TRACEABILITY

Ferrero has released their 2020-21 Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Progress Report, highlighting a number of achievements, such as improved transparency in the Cocoa value chain. In their latest report, the company admits to facing additional challenges resulting from the pandemic but states that they are nonetheless on track with their targets. The bulk of …

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Easter Scorecard

EASTER SCORECARD AND ROTTEN EGG AWARDS

Its Easter which means time for another Egg Award ceremony from be slavery free. A few weeks ago we were chatting with the people behind the awards, Fuzz and Carolyn Kitto, who couldn’t have been nicer people. They explained to us how the award started and what a struggle it was to find any company …

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Koa Cocoa

KOA MAKES FARMER PAYMENTS TRANSPARENT WITH BLOCKCHAIN

Using blockchain technology to support a transparent supply chain is not new, but Koa is taking it to the next step, by adding payment transparency into the service. Koa is a Swiss-Ghanaian startup focused on products around the Cocoa fruit, capitalising on the waste and turning it into products they can sell to industry. They …

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The Shared Wood

AGROFORESTRY STARTUP GETS $500M FOR COCOA & COFFEE

AXA SA, a French Insurance and Financial Services company, based in Paris, and Engie SA, an energy company, is co-investing US$500m over the next six years in The Shared Wood, a French Agro-forestry startup that will produce sustainable Cocoa and Coffee under the Tagline ‘We Protect and Restore Nature’. We protect and Restore Nature The …

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Cocoa Farmer Ghana

ANALYSTS QUESTIONS IF COCOBOD SHORT-CHANGES FARMERS OVER LID

Kwarme Kwateng has written an interesting analysis of the money paid to Cocoa farmers by COCOBOD, for their living income differential (LID). Ghana promised to pay farmers 100% of the money brought in by the Living Income Differential, but the devil, as they say, is in the detail, and Kwateng breaks down the numbers, and …

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Tony'S Chocolonely

TONY’S CHOCOLONELY REPORTS 1,701 CHILD LABOUR CASES

Tony’s Chocolonely – the chocolate brand who wants to own a reputation for fighting injustice in the chocolate industry – reported that they found 1,701 child workers in their production line. The Dutch chocolate makers recently defended their partnership with Barry Callebaut, which was viewed as an abandonment of their values, after the latter was …

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Indonesia Cocoa

NEW STUDY FINDS MARS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY HURTS FARMERS

A new study by Professor Sean Kennedy of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign argues that the existing strategies used by chocolate companies that are designed to improve farmer livelihoods could be having the opposite effect. This important study perhaps takes a while to warm to the point, but it presents a solid foundation to support …

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Cacao Village

ARCHITECTS PLAN CACAO VILLAGE USING 3D PRINTERS

As the theme of sustainability is only expected to grow more prevalent in the cocoa industry in 2022, there is one eco-friendly use for cocoa, that many may not have anticipated. Cacao Ecovillage will be the ‘Silicon Valley’ for circular economy innovators Architecture studio, Valentino Gereri Atelier has designed the world’s first carbon-neutral smart village, …

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Cocoa Green Plant

SUSTAINABILITY TO DRIVE COCOA TRENDS IN 2022

Olam Food Ingredients’ (OFI) Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Christopher Stewart, believes sustainability will be the primary driver of Cocoa trends in 2022. OFI is a large global supplier of Cocoa and other food ingredients such as coffee, nuts and spices. In an article for ConfectionaryNews, Stewart explained he is confident that “the …

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Sustainability, No Planet B

TWO REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC ON INDUSTRY SUSTAINABILITY

It’s unfortunately true that bad news is more popular, but I want to buck the trend and start the new year to discuss two positive drivers of change in the industry. It’s something I’ve been thinking about recently – and interesting that they’re coming from unexpected quarters. Am I being naive? Let me know your …

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