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Ethical Business: Women’s rights on cocoa farms

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Ethical Business: Women’s rights on cocoa farms

This is the story of how an initiative from Oxfam prompted assurances from leading chocolate companies to improve the lives of women cocoa farmers. How did each firm react? Were they quick and effective enough?

Are thresholds too low for products to carry the Fairtrade USA seal on the pack?

NGO questions Fair Trade USA chocolate labeling ‘hoax’

By Oliver Nieburg

Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA's labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients like sugar that are not fairly traded.

Easter and Christmas compete for the top spot in seasonal gifting in most global markets, according to Mintel

Where are the emerging Easter markets?

By Oliver Nieburg

Brazil has one of the largest markets for Easter confectionery and has had more Easter launches than anywhere else, but the Chinese have yet to look beyond the religious nature of the season as they have for Christmas, according to an analyst.

Sticky problem: Degradable gum offers solutions

Mondelez moves to patent degradable gum

By Oliver Nieburg

The number two gum player Kraft (now Mondelez) has filed a patent for a degradable gum composition that is similar to one currently being assessed for novel foods approval in the EU.

Hershey has committed $600,000 to CocoaLink, which sends SMS messages to farmers providing ethical and practical advice

Hershey defends commitment on sustainable cocoa

By Oliver Nieburg

Hershey has called attacks on its text messaging tips for farmers program CocoaLink “disingenuous” after a group of NGOs questioned the effectiveness of the project.

Choco Treasure claims to be only toy-filled chocolate egg safe for sale in US

Toy-filled chocolate egg approved for sale in US

By Oliver Nieburg

New Jersey-based Candy Treasure has overcome a US ban on toy-filled chocolate eggs dating back to 1938 after its Choco Treasure surprise eggs were deemed safe for sale.

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