Cocoa farmer emphasizes need for industry to work in partnership with growers

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Fairtrade cocoa farmer Fortin Bley from the Ivory Coast addressed delegates at the London Chocolate Forum on 7 October, warning that unless the international cocoa industry does more to involve farmers, it will risk losing a generation of cocoa growers.

Nestlé’s decision to cut KitKat’s ties with Fairtrade ‘profoundly disappointing’

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Nestlé has announced that its  KitKat brand will source Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa from October 2020, in the process abandoning its 10-year involvement with the Fairtrade label. 

Can organic agriculture improve yields and incomes for smallholder farmers in Africa?

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Organic agriculture has the potential to improve both crop yields and incomes of smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa substantially – this is shown in...

Burger King becomes first fast-food outlet in Africa to offer V-Label accredited vegan meat

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Burger King has introduced a range of vegan meat alternatives in Africa – the first fast-food restaurant in the continent to offer V-Label accredited...

Wiley’s Finest partners with OrganiCup to help end period poverty in Ghana

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Following its recent partnership with School in a Bag, Wiley’s Finest UK has now teamed with OrganiCup to provide girls and women in Ghana...

Divine relaunch highlights exploitation and heralds a ‘chocolate revolution’

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Fairtrade company Divine Chocolate has unveiled a total brand relaunch, as part of which it is inviting consumers to join its ‘chocolate revolution’ to...

Wiley’s teams with School in a Bag to help educate children in Ghana

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Wiley’s Finest UK has launched a new fundraising campaign in collaboration with School in a Bag, which sends school bags filled with educational resources...

Arla Foods Ingredients designs nutritious snack from whey and papaya to fight Ethiopian malnutrition

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Arla Foods Ingredients is partnering with public and private sectors in Denmark and Ethiopia to transform papaya waste and dairy ingredients into nutritious, affordable...

100 days of African sunshine

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Rob Fletcher, founder of artisan sauce brand Dr Trouble, explains why every business should care about ethical production in the food industry. There’s no doubt...

Baobab-based jams Chosan by Nature

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Artisan food brand Chosan by Nature has launched a new line of natural jams made using baobab sourced from women farmer’s coops in Africa,...

“We don’t want to be activists” – African organic expert’s message to Biofach audience

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“We don’t want to be activists, we want make the scientific, economic and environmental case for organic,” a leading figure in Africa’s organic farming movement says.

Creating a buzz: South Africa’s Absolute Organix goes on an ‘ento-adventure’ with insect range

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South Africa-based natural and organic specialist Absolute Organix has launched a range of premium snack products enriched with mopani (a Southern African caterpillar) powder.
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CNN documentary charts journey of shea butter, from harvest to beauty counter

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A new documentary from CNN Marketplace Africa charts the journey of Ghanaian shea butter, from harvesting by members of a women’s cooperative to arriving on...

From bongs to baby food – how to navigate the South African market by...

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Founder and owner of one of South Africa’s leading natural and organic distributors, and publisher of the country’s top trade magazine for the food and beverage industry, Bruce Cohen is that rare breed, an entrepreneur-  influencer – both deal-maker and commentator. Plugged in to the South African natural products scene in a way few others are, he offers a unique 360 degree view of the market, with all its opportunities and challenges.

The sassy South African retailer riding the wellness wave

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With its smart store vibe and skilfully curated product offer, South African retailer Wellness Warehouse has been quite an impact on the country’s natural and organic channel.