Chocolate, biscuits & confectionery of Europe

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PRO: CEN ISO – First International Standards for sustainable and traceable cocoa just published - May 07,2019

Cocoa is a tricky business. The prime ingredient in one of the world’s favourite treats, chocolate, the humble cocoa bean, is a difficult crop to cultivate. What’s more, it is mostly grown on smallholder farms in regions of the world that lack adequate infrastructure and offer poor living conditions. The sustainability of cocoa production, therefore, is a concern. The publication of the ISO 34101 series of standards on sustainable and traceable cocoa provides a valuable tool to support farmers in their journey towards prosperity and sustainability.

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CAOBISCO reiterates its concerns that market access gains in the EU-Japan EPA may be jeopardised by unworkable Rules of Origin - Feb 20,2019

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) offers some important, albeit long-term tariff concessions for exports of EU chocolate, biscuits and confectionery products. However, EU manufacturers are unlikely to qualify for any preferential treatment given the impossibility for them to fulfil the weight-based rules of origin requirements.

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Mary Barnard of Mondelēz International elected CAOBISCO President with two-year mandate - June 26,2018

Mary Barnard, President, Chocolate Europe, at Mondelēz International was elected President of CAOBISCO for a two-year term at the Association’s recent General Assembly in Otranto, Italy, succeeding Alessandro Cagli, Director of the Ferrero Group EU Public Affairs Office (Brussels). Cagli becomes Vice President.

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CAOBISCO is highly concerned about the Free Trade Agreement concluded with Japan and presented last Friday by the European Commission, despite the announced gains in market access.

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ESRA and CIUS call for access to sugar in EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement - Nov 23,2017

ESRA and CIUS call for access to sugar in EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement

The current EU trade agenda shows a level of ambition and leadership never seen before, as Europe takes on the mantle of global champion of free trade. Ongoing negotiations with Mercosur could well lead to the most valuable free trade deal the EU has ever negotiated, showing that Europe’s rhetoric on free trade is backed up by concrete results.

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Communication on concerns raised by NGOs on the working conditions in hazelnut orchards in Turkey - Nov 22,2011

CAOBISCO, the association of the chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of Europe, condemns the use of unlawful child labour and take the concerns about working conditions in hazelnut orchards in Turkey very seriously.

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European sugar users welcome European commission announcement on EU sugar market liberalisation - Oct 12,2011

European Commission sets deadline to abolish sugar quota by 2015

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Joint Statement on situation in Côte d’Ivoire - Apr 12,2011

The cocoa trade and industry represented by CAOBISCO, ECA and FCC notes the recent developments in Côte d'Ivoire and welcomes the appeal by elected President Ouattara for appeasement and reconciliation after this terrible chapter in the history of the world's largest cocoa producing country.

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