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The World of Fairtrade Chocolate

July 29 2011

Francis Bediako drying the cocoa beans. Francis is a member of Kuapa Kokoo, the co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate. Photo credit: Kim Naylor Once a niche affair, Fairtrade chocolate is moving into the mainstream, with Fairtrade chocolate products widely available, now found on sale in newsagents, garage counters and supermarkets as well as health food shops and delicatessens.  Since 2008, Fairtrade chocolate’s share of the UK chocolate retail market has […]

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The Cost of Cocoa: examines the cocoa market

June 2 2011

The recent political turmoil in the Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, has focussed attention on the issue of cocoa production and the cost of cocoa. “Because of the uncertainty in the Ivory Coast, international cocoa prices have been at their highest in more than three decades recently,” explains Gary Mead, editor of agricommodities website World Crops. “The Ivory Coast’s new president, Alassane Ousttara, called for a suspension of […]

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