International Coffee Organization in Kenya for talks with coffee farmers

KENYA - Members of the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) are in Kenya for talks with Kenyan coffee farmers who are looking to ink direct purchase deals with top global coffee buyers. According to Business Daily, the ICO executive director Jose Sette held a meeting with Council of Governors vice chair Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and…

Starbucks debuts plant-based Protein Blended Cold Brew across the US

USA – The American coffee company and coffeehouse chain Starbucks has released its new plant-based Starbucks Protein Blended Cold Brew on menus nationwide, for customers looking for a new way to refuel. According to the company, the new beverages are offered in Almond and Cacao and are available at participating Starbucks stores across the U.S…

COCOBOD opens Shea office as government plans to set up board by 2024

GHANA - The government cocoa regulatory agency, Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has opened a Shea Unit Office in Tamale to serve as an operational secretariat to develop the industry through supply chain in the region. Meanwhile, the government is planning to set up a Shea Development Board by 2024 in a bid to transition the…

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. reports second quarter 2018 results for Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group

USA - Keurig Dr Pepper Inc., a leading producer and distributor of hot and cold beverages, has reported second quarter 2018 results for Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group for the period ending June 30, 2018. According to the Keurig Dr Pepper, it had filed a Form 8-K/A with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

COCOBOD to pump US$600m into cocoa sector to revive the industry

GHANA - The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) will invest US$600 million into the cocoa sector in a way to revive the industry in the country, GNA reports. Making the announcement, Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD said the board had almost finished negotiations to secure the credit facility from the African Development…

COCOBOD to introduce organic fertilizer on cocoa farms

GHANA - The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has unveiled plans to introduce use of organic fertilizer on cocoa farms in another strategy to increase yields and cocoa production in the country. The fertilizers will help in enriching the soil as opposed to use of chemicals and weedicides that has affected the soil fertility and yields…

Parliament approves COCOBOD’s US$1.3bn trade finance for cocoa

GHANA - A US$1.3 billion trade finance facility between Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and a consortium of banks and financial institutions for the purchase of cocoa for the 2018/2019 crop season has been approved by the parliament. The facility holds the government of Ghana as the guarantor and was granted on merit that cocoa industry…

Kenya loses UK horticulture market share on ‘incompetent’ standards

KENYA - A study by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has revealed that Kenya lost on all of its top three exports to the United Kingdom that is tea, cut roses and beans. According to the report, exports to the UK from the rest of the world have risen by 15% in eight years to…

Starbucks to open first Signing Store in USA that is deaf-friendly

USA – Starbucks, an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain, will open its first Signing Store in the U.S. in Washington, D.C. this October, building upon ongoing efforts to connect with the diverse communities it serves. According to the company, the store will create a distinctive retail experience for all customers, while offering a unique…

Colombia pledges to eliminate deforestation from cocoa supply chain by 2020

COLOMBIA - The government of Colombia, along with cocoa companies Casa Luker and Compañía Nacional de Chocolates, has pledged to eliminate deforestation from the country’s cocoa supply chain by 2020. According to FoodBev, Colombia has joined the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, a global effort to ensure deforestation-free cocoa. The governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire were…