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Inside Coffee & Cocoa International, March 2016...

  • 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
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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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