Inside Coffee & Cocoa International, March 2016...
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- Health agencies issue warning about diacetyl and other VOCs
- CNC pegs next Brazilian crop at 47 to 50 million bags
- Swiss vote could precipitate exodus of commodity traders
- EPO decision sees ECC win latest phase of battle with Nespresso
|Click on the links below to view the latest news stories||Last updated Wednesday, March 09, 2016|
|REPORT DESCRIBES 'SLAVERY LIKE' CONDITIONS IN COFFEE SUPPLY CHAIN|
Work undertaken by Danwatch claims to have uncovered instances of slave labour in the supply chain of some of the world's largest and best known coffee companies.
|TROUBLED OUTLOOK FOR COTE D'IVOIRE'S MID-CROP|
Ecobank Research says the outlook for Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015/16 mid-crop (April-September) is "troubled".
|NCA RESPONDS TO SLAVE LABOUR LEGISLATION|
The National Coffee Association (NCA) in the US has issued a statement following President Obama’s signing of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act.
|SHADE-GROWN COCOA STORES CARBON WITHOUT YIELD LOSSES|
The World Agroforestry Centre reports that a study has found that cocoa grown in agroforestry systems increases above and below ground carbon stocks.
|COSTA COFFEE ENTERS CANADIAN MARKET|
Costa Coffee, which claims to be the UK’s fastest growing coffee shop business, is set to launch in Canada.
|HEALTH AGENCIES CALL FOR MORE WORK ON DIACETYL|
In January 2016, federal agencies in the US who are responsible for health issued warnings and workplace safety recommendations relating to coffee processing and diacetyl and 2, 3-pentanedione.
|ITOCHU ENTERS COCOA MARKET WITH STAKE IN TRANSMAR|
Itochu Corporation, one of Japan's largest trading companies, has agreed to acquire a stake in a new joint venture with privately-owned cocoa trader and processor Transmar Group.
|WORLD COFFEE RESEARCH UNVEILS SENSORY LEXICON|
January 2016 saw World Coffee Research unveil the result of its largest collaborative research project on coffee's flavours and aroma, the World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon.
|COFFEE FIX NEEDS FAIR PRICES, SAYS FAIRTRADE|
With coffee prices at very low levels and expected to remain at a low level, concerns have been expressed that the industry might be heading for another 'coffee crisis.'
|EL NINO HAS PASSED ITS PEAK, BUT IMPACTS CONTINUE|
The powerful 2015-2016 El Nino has passed its peak but remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate.
|HAMBURG BANS COFFEE PODS|
The city of Hamburg in Germany has banned coffee pods from state buildings as part of an environmental drive to reduce waste.
|IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE VUKASIN|
The National Coffee Association in the US has announced the passing of the association's former Chairman, George Vukasin.
|EPO REJECTS NESPRESSO PATENT CASE|
The European Patent Office (EPO) has rejected a request by Nespresso that it should revoke a patent owned by the Ethical Coffee Company (ECC).
|AFREXIMBANK AND NEXIM TO REVIVE NIGERIAN COCOA|
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) are to implement an intervention programme in the Nigerian cocoa sector.
|WORLD BANK HOSTS DISCUSSION ON GENDER EQUITY|
The World Bank held an event focussing on women and gender issues in the coffee sector earlier this month.
|CNC PEGS BRAZILIAN HARVEST AT 47-50 MILLION BAGS|
Brazil's upcoming Arabica harvest has benefited from last month's rains, which increased soil moisture levels and helped crop development.
|KENYA'S PLANS TO DOUBLE OUTPUT FACE HARD REALITIES|
Efforts to reform the coffee industry in Kenya are hamstrung by the sector's complicated regulatory framework and the highly fragmented marketing chain.
|ROYAL DUYVIS WIENER OPENS TECHNOLOGY CENTRE|
Netherlands-based Royal Duyvis Wiener celebrates the opening of a new technology centre, the extension of its production facility and modernization of its offices.
|BRAZIL'S ARABICA CROP WILL BE GOOD BUT ROBUSTA WILL BE DOWN|
Commodity broker Marex Spectron says that after two drought-affected crops, the Arabica regions in Brazil are “looking very good” for the next crop.
|UK COFFEE SHOP MARKET OUTPERFORMS RETAIL SECTOR|
Estimated at 20,728 outlets, the total UK coffee shop market showed significant sales growth of 10 per cent in 2015, compared with 2014, and a total turnover in 2015 of £7.9 billion.
|NO LINK BETWEEN CAFFEINE AND HEARTBEAT PROBLEM|
Regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats, which can lead in rare cases to heart- or stroke-related morbidity and mortality, according to UCSF researchers.
|GOOD WEATHER PROMPTS EXPECTATION OF LARGE BRAZILIAN CROP|
Importer Wolthers Douqué says weather conditions for the next Brazilian coffee crop, which starts May-June 2016, are almost ideal, and that a large crop could result.
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