Buhler expands with a new lab at its cocoa application facility in Indonesia

INDONESIA - Buhler has added a new cocoa application lab at its coca application facility in Indonesia to allow it offer complete cocoa processing trials to its customers in Southeast Asia. According to Buhler, the lab will be managed by two service engineers and a consumer food technologist who would offer trials ranging from cocoa…

Costa Coffee to recycle 500m disposable cups yearly by 2020

UK - Costa Coffee, the British coffee company has made a commitment to recycle the same volume of disposable cups as it puts onto the market, half a billion every year by 2020. To achieve this, Costa will pay coffee cups collectors a subsidy to enhance their collection then send them to paper mills where…

Cadbury Nigeria launches new program to promote healthy living

NIGERIA - Cadbury Nigeria has launched a healthy lifestyle programme to promote healthy living among children and families by providing nutrition education, active play and fresh foods. This is part of Mondelēz International Foundation’s US$50 million multi-year initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity in ten countries including Argentina, Australia, Egypt, France, Nigeria, Russia,…

Hershey Company announces its holistic cocoa sustainability strategy

USA - The Hershey Company, an American company and one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world has announced Cocoa For Good, its holistic cocoa sustainability strategy. This comprehensive strategy addresses the most pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities: poverty, poor nutrition, at-risk youth, and vulnerable ecosystems. According to the company, it seeks to bring…

Mondelēz International announces OREO brand will display Cocoa Life logo

USA - Mondelez International has announced that from the end of March, the OREO brand will be covered by its industry leading sustainable cocoa sourcing programme, Cocoa Life. OREO packs will display the Cocoa Life logo, which will be present across the full range by the end of this year. According to the company, this…

Fair Trade USA and PUR Projet partner to battle deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire

COTE D’IVOIRE - Fair Trade USA and PUR Project have partnered to end deforestation in cocoa supply chain and develop community-driven agroforestry projects within Fair Trade supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire. Cote d’Ivoire is said to have lost about 85% of its forest since 1960s due to agricultural expansion and this would likely affect its…

Fairlife reintroduces its coffee flavor to add to its Power protein drink line

USA - Fairlife, US brand of milk has added a new coffee flavour, Core Power protein shakes to expand its range of Core Power Original lactose-free protein drinks. The new flavor is an improved version of the original one, with 26 grams of proteins per serving as compared to 20 grams in the original ‘light’…

Unilever PG Tips switches to 100% renewable and biodegradable tea bags

UK – Unilever PG Tips, one of one of the U.K.'s most iconic tea brands, has switched to producing 100% fully renewable biodegradable tea bags made with new plant-based material. According to the company, this is the latest step in its journey to improve the impact of products on the environment by moving to fully…

Export council prepares farmers for increased export cocoa production

NIGERIA- Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), in collaboration with the Abia State Government, organised a one-day capacity building workshop in Umuahia, the state capital to sensitise farmers on how to increase cocoa production for export. This was done to enhance the contribution of the non-oil sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product GDP, which was…

Ivory Coast cocoa shippers are said to seek shortfall refund

IVORY COAST - Cocoa exporters in Ivory Coast are demanding that the industry regulator returns the costs and credit guarantees offered for contracts that cannot be met due to a shortage of beans, according to four people familiar with the matter. Shippers in the world’s biggest cocoa producer are struggling to find beans after arrivals…