Inside Coffee & Cocoa International, March 2014...
- Replanting key to enhancing productivity
- Organic trader offers bespoke cocoa processing
- Liffe to enforce delivery time limits for cocoa and Robusta
- Brazilian drought sees abrupt end to bear market
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|COFFEE FARMERS FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE|
The Rainforest Alliance (RA) has announced that more than 200 Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee farms in Central America have achieved climate-smart verification.
|AFRICAN GENOTYPES COULD BE RICH RESOURCE|
The species Coffea canephora, which produces Robusta coffee, has significant genetic diversity, which could be better exploited in breeding programmes were it characterized more fully.
|GEISHA COFFEE ORIGINATED IN ETHIOPIAN FOREST|
Genetic research by Dr Sarada Krishnan at Denver Botanic Gardens shows that the likely origin of Panama Geisha coffee is in a remote Ethiopian forest that has escaped the rampant deforestation.
|WOLTHERS AND DOUQUE JOIN FORCES|
Long-standing companies Wolthers America and Douqué in The Netherlands have joined forces in what is now called Wolthers Douqué LLC USA.
|LESSER KNOWN COFFEE ALMOST AS PROFITABLE AS PALM OIL|
Excelsa coffee species come close to matching the profitability of oil palm and cause far less environmental impact, says World Agroforestry Centre.
|TREEHOUSE FOODS FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST GMCR|
Suit against Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Keurig accuses them of anticompetitive acts to unlawfully maintain a monopoly over the cups used in single-serve brewers.
|NEW TECHNIQUE PRODUCES TRUE-TO-TYPE COFFEE PLANTS|
Researchers from CIRAD and its partner Ecom Agroindustrial have mastered a cutting-edge propagation technique, cell suspension, for Coffea arabica.
|BRAZILIAN DROUGHT CAUSES COFFEE PRICES TO SURGE|
Coffee prices surged higher in January and early February, with the monthly average of the ICO composite indicator price at its highest level in four months.
|MEASURES TO FIGHT COFFEE BORER INCLUDED IN FARM BILL|
Senator Mazie Hirono has confirmed that the US 2014 Farm Bill includes measures to help fight coffee berry borer, which has been ravaging Hawaiian coffee farms for nearly three years.
|'HARVESTED BY WOMEN' CERTIFICATION LAUNCHED|
Two well-known coffee roasters have signed up to sell coffee bearing a unique certification seal - 'Harvested by Women' - and more are expected to be on the way soon.
|WCF HIGHLIGHTS IMPACT OF MOBILE PHONE TECHNOLOGY|
Programmes such as WCF's CocoaLink initiative are finding innovative, low cost information distribution methods that support traditional agricultural extension to rural farmers.
|COCA-COLA COMPANY ACQUIRES 10 PER CENT STAKE IN GMCR|
10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company's global brand portfolio in GMCR's forthcoming 'Keurig Cold' beverage system.
|HERSHEY EXCEEDS CERTIFIED COCOA GOAL|
The Hershey Company recently announced that 18 per cent of all of the cocoa the company sourced in 2013 was certified, which is nearly double its original 2013 goal of 10 per cent.
|STARBUCKS STRENGTHENS LEADERSHIP TEAM|
Building on record performance in FY 2013 and first quarter FY 2014, Starbucks Coffee Company has announced a new leadership structure.
|STUDY REPORTS DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN ECO-LABELS|
Private sector sourcing is driving major market growth for sustainable commodities according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014.
|S&D EXPANSION "PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY"|
S&D Coffee & Tea in the US says its expansion at its new West Winds Facility is "on schedule." S&D Coffee and Tea is the largest custom coffee roaster in the US.
|BILL POLIDORO APPOINTED PRESIDENT & CEO OF ACDI/VOCA|
Bill Polidoro to follow Carl Leonard, leader for the past eight years, as ACDI/VOCA's new President and CEO.
|CERTIFICATION DIALOGUE SET FOR ZURICH IN MARCH|
A direct dialogue follow-up to last year's International Workshop on Cocoa Certification is to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, 6-7 March 2014.
|ORGANIC COCOA PRICES TOO LOW TO PROMOTE PRODUCTION|
Dutch cocoa processor calls for a rethink on "how farmers can be incentivized to grow organic cocoa" because premiums do not compensate them for productivity shortfalls.
|CERTIFICATION FOR MULTI-INGREDIENT PRODUCTS MODIFIED|
The differentiated mark will move away from the requirement that "all available ingredients" on composite value-added products must be Fairtrade certified.
|UTZ CERTIFIED FARMS "HAVE HIGHER YIELDS AND BETTER CROPS"|
UTZ certified cocoa, coffee and tea farms generate higher yields and better quality crops than conventional farms, according to independent research.
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