Inside Coffee & Cocoa International, January 2015...
- High yields expected from agro-industrial cocoa
- Regional exchanges can help to empower farmers
- Production surges in West Africa but processing still an issue
- Colombian production continues to recover as replanting pays off
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|PPPS IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ARE FARMERS CONSULTED?|
A new report by the Fairtrade Foundation seeks to investigate if and how smallholder food producers are engaged as equal partners within agricultural PPPs in Africa.
|REGIONAL EXCHANGES HELPING TO EMPOWER FARMERS|
Where the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange led the way, other countries are now following, having recognised the benefits to their agricultural sectors of domestic - and regional - exchanges.
|PORT OF VIRGINIA GEARS UP FOR LIFE AS AN EXCHANGE PORT|
The volume of coffee moving through Port of Virginia continues to grow rapidly and designation by ICE as an exchange port is only likely to enhance that rate of growth.
|CLIMATE CHANGE COULD AFFECT INDONESIAN FARMERS|
A CIAT study of current and future climatic suitability of Arabica coffee in Indonesia suggests that climate change could severely affect coffee farmers in the country.
|RONNOCO ACQUIRES ARKANSAS COMPANY|
St Louis-based Ronnoco Coffee has acquired Biff’s Coffee Roasting Company in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
|AFREXIMBANK FUNDS COCOA PROCESSING IN AFRICA|
The African Export-Import Bank has provided approximately USD 350 million in financing to support cocoa processing activities in the four major cocoa producing countries.
|UNITED BISCUITS AND CARGILL IN THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP|
United Biscuits has entered into a three-year partnership with Cargill's cocoa & chocolate business, which will supply all of UB's cocoa and chocolate products.
|ZANETTI INAUGURATES ROASTING PLANT IN VIETNAM|
MZB Group has inaugurated its first roasting plant in Vietnam, with an annual production capacity of up to 3,000 tonnes of roasted coffee.
|NCA ISSUES PROPOSITION 65 UPDATE|
The National Coffee Association in the US recently filed comments with California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the state regulatory agency.
|ICCO: NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN ABOUT COCOA DEFICIT|
The International Cocoa Organization rejects reports identifying potential deficits in the supply of cocoa in the years to come as overstated in the extreme.
|STARBUCKS TO SELL TIMOR LESTE COFFEE|
The World Agroforestry Centre says Starbucks' decision to sell single origin coffee sourced from Timor Leste will help alleviate deforestation and contribute to the country's economy.
|COFFEE TOOLKIT INTEGRATES WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE|
The first toolkit to include women and young people in the coffee sector has been released in a joint collaboration between the Sustainable Coffee Programme, Hivos and Agri ProFocus.
|THIRD-PARTY VERIFICATION FOR 'COFFEE MADE HAPPY'|
Mondelez International, the world's second largest coffee company, is to use third-party verification to measure the effectiveness of its US$200 million 'Coffee Made Happy' programme.
|BARRY CALLEBAUT TO EXPAND ITS PLANT IN LODZ|
Barry Callebaut's chocolate plant in Lodz in Poland is to be expanded to include two additional production lines in a planned investment worth nearly EUR 22.8 million.
|CGA IN COFFEE MAY HELP PREVENT OBESITY-RELATED DISEASE|
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a chemical compound found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity.
|AMERICAS CACAO BREEDERS WORKING GROUP FORMED|
The World Cocoa Foundation, USDA/ARS and Costa Rica's Tropical Agricultural Research & Higher Education Centre have announced the creation of the Americas Cacao Breeders Working Group.
|VOLUME AND PROFIT BOTH UP AT BARRY CALLEBAUT|
The CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group claims another record year, supported by three growth drivers – emerging markets, gourmet and strategic partnerships.
|SECOND CUP PLANS FOR GROWTH WITH SHARE OFFERING|
Canadian specialty coffee retailer The Second Cup Ltd is planning a share offering by way of private placement, with the intention of raising up to C$5 million.
|VOLCAFE BRINGS CHINESE ARABICA TO MARKET|
Volcafe and Simao Arabicasm Coffee Company have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to be called Yunnan Volcafe Ltd.
|NCA EXPECTS FUTHER GROWTH IN SINGLE CUP MARKET|
Don Holly's presentation to the NCA Coffee Summit claims that single cup has had the biggest impact on home coffee brewing since 'Mr Coffee' hit store shelves in the 1970s.
|STUDY FINDS RANGE OF BENEFITS FOR UTZ COCOA FARMERS|
New study claims cocoa farmers in the UTZ Certified programme have higher yields, larger incomes and better living conditions compared to similar farmers who are not certified.
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