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    Davao rushes cacao planting to meet demand of US chocolate maker

    Local planters of cacao are rushing to meet the 100,000 metric tons of fermented cacao demanded by Mars Inc., the US-based maker of the popular M&M candies and chocolates.  Cacao growers said Mars Inc.’s huge demand…Read More »

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    Cocoa Farmers Improve Yields, Incomes

    Ghana’s push to produce a million tonnes of cocoa annually is on course as farmers in cocoa growing communities have embraced new technologies of going about their farming activities. Read more

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    Hershey: Tentative on innovation?

    Hershey’s CEO has said that pacing is important in innovation and while efforts have been “far more disciplined” than in the past, it is still committed to new product development (NPD). Read more

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    Haigh’s sweet success in Sydney

    In a move that comes after Darrell Lea being placed into voluntary administration and closing 32 shops, Haigh’s Chocolate is opening a second Sydney store in the Queen Victoria building. Read more

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    World Cocoa Production

    Although cocoa is cultivated in a wide array of countries around the equator, 70% of the production originates from Ivory Coast, Ghana and Indonesia. Besides, the vast majority of cocoa beans come from Africa, where its…Read More »

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    Starter cultures backed for on-farm cocoa fermentation

    On-farm implementation of cocoa bean starter cultures could aid the production of chocolate with a more consistent flavour, according to a new study from a team Belgian researchers and Barry Callebaut. Read more

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    Barry Callebaut first to train cocoa farmers in Cameroon

    Barry Callebaut, manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate, has begun training members of five farmer cooperatives in the Central region of Cameroon to enable them to become independently certified by Rainforest Alliance. Read more

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    Barry Callebaut trains 50 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire to be certified by Rainforest Alliance

    Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has trained 15,000 cocoa farmers from 50 farmer cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire in sustainable cocoa production, enabling them to become independently certified by Rainforest…Read More »

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    Armajaro joins fight against child labour issues

    Armajaro Trading is showing ‘genuine commitment’ to cocoa labour issues by becoming the first cocoa trader to join the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), says the foundation. Read more

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    Encouraging Profitable, Sustainable, Cocoa Growing

    According to Bill Guyton, President of the World Cocoa Foundation, who visited IFC recently, cocoa is a potential economic engine in tropical rural areas, generating incomes and opportunities for farm families and communities. During his visit,…Read More »

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