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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.
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.
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.
EU-JAPAN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: CAOBISCO CONCERNED ABOUT ORIGIN RULES - Dec 13,2017
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.
ESRA and CIUS call for access to sugar in EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement - Nov 23,2017
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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CAOBISCO committed to further supporting sustainable development goals in its supply chains - June 27,2017
Bring more transparency in the supply chain, intensify cooperation between all actors and better communicate on industry initiatives: some of the recommendations for CAOBISCO to continue its sustainability journey
Caobisco appoints new Secretary General - Dec 12,2016
CAOBISCO announced today that it has appointed Marina Valverde as its new Secretary General, effective from 1st February 2017. Marina Valverde will succeed Sabine Nafziger, who served 6 years as CAOBISCO Secretary General and played a significant role in developing the industry association’s reputation in Brussels as the “voice of the European chocolate, biscuits and confectionery industries”.
Report from Brussels: a debate on how public private partnerships can help in tackling child labour in Turkey - Oct 20,2016
Partners of a public-private partnership in the Turkish hazelnut sector created a replicable and sustainable model to tackle child labour.
Alessandro CAGLI, newly elected CAOBISCO President, engages the dialogue with civil society on the role of confectionery to address the obesity challenge - June 10,2016
At its General Assembly in Brussels, CAOBISCO members elected Mr Alessandro Cagli, Director of the Ferrero Group EU Public Affairs Office (Brussels) as President, for a two-year mandate starting as of 10/06/2016. He succeeds Mr Patrick Poirrier, CEO of CÉMOI in France.
NEW Industry guidance to encourage and support improved cocoa quality - May 25,2016
The CAOBISCO, ECA and FCC Joint Cocoa Quality and Productivity research group will launch a new publication 'Cocoa Beans: Chocolate & Cocoa Industry Quality Requirements' and a website to help improve cocoa quality, including food safety aspects, by making relevant information more accessible.
A harmonised and global approach needed to reach 100% Sustainable Palm oil - Apr 11,2016
On 5 April 2016 MEP Julie Girling invited the Indonesian Ambassador to the EU as well as stakeholders from the NGO and industry sides to the European Parliament to debate on the best ways to achieve the goal of 100% sustainable palm oil by 2020.
EUROPEAN SUGAR USERS CALL FOR MARKET MEASURES TO AVOID FORECASTED SUPPLY CRISIS - Feb 22,2016
CIUS calls on the European Commission and EU Member States to start market measures guaranteeing supply security as of MARCH 2016 latest. Neither levies nor duties should be applied to the volumes of beet and cane sugar made available through access to out of quota and TRQ market measures. The CXL duty should be suspended with immediate effect.
Private sector commits to support 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe - Dec 07,2015
European private sector organizations join forces for a first time to ensure a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain in Europe by 2020.
Reducing Child Labor is a Shared Responsibility - July 30,2015
Statement from the World Cocoa Foundation about the 2013/14 Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa-Growing Areas Report
ILO and CAOBISCO scale up efforts on a sustainable model to combat child labour in seasonal hazelnut harvesting in Turkey - July 01,2015
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO) signed a Public-Private Partnership Agreement (PPP) for a 3 year project “Integrated Model for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in Seasonal Agriculture in Hazelnut Harvesting in Turkey”. The agreement was signed by Mr. Numan Özcan, Director of the ILO Office for Turkey and Ms. Sabine Nafziger, Secretary General of CAOBISCO.