Herculean efforts are required by the global chocolate industry to
ensure that sourced cocoa supplies are not linked to exploited or
trafficked child labour, underlines labour watchdog International
Labor Rights Forum.
The wave of health and wellness comes ashore for chocolate makers,
with latest figures from Mintel showing the fresh healthier image
for dark chocolate has brought a much-need, and strident, upward
shift in sales for 2007.
New outsourcing contracts for industrial cocoa from new and
existing chocolate makers boost volume growth for cocoa supplier
Barry Callebaut, helping to offset harmful exchange rates, energy
prices and inflation.
Over the last two weeks alone, Cadbury Adams has recalled Mini Eggs
because of a nut trace, Wholesnax failed to label the presence of
soya in its nuts, and a Korean company may have surprised one poor
consumer with a rat's head.
Four hybrid cocoa species developed in Ghana to have improved
resistance to pest damage during storage have similar nutritional
properties to conventional cocoa, says a study that topples a
barrier to commercial trade.
In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce
dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will
increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in the next four