#Cocoa Beans

Heavy rains leave Ivory Coast cocoa farmers split on harvest outlook

ABIDJAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - As heavy rains persisted across Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions last week, farmers polled by Reuters were divided on whether moisture levels would help the October-to-March main crop or nurture a crop-killing fungal disease. The world's top cocoa producer is in its rainy season, which runs...
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Valrhona partners with Koa to launch cocoa fruit juice concentrate

Premium chocolate manufacturer Valrhona has collaborated with Swiss-Ghanaian startup Koa to create Oabika, a cocoa fruit juice concentrate for chefs and other gastronomy professionals. After several months of research and development, Oabika was born. Oabika is the first cocoa fruit juice concentrate at 72° Brix created especially for the food...
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Desist from buying cocoa beans directly from farmers

COCOBOD has cautioned Ghanaian artisanal chocolate manufacturers to desist from buying raw cocoa beans directly from farmers. The state cocoa regulator indicated that such actions are illegal and could have dire consequences for perpetrators. COCOBOD insists that small-scale chocolate producers buy from its approved and sanctioned channels and warehouses to...
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Nigeria’s cocoa output may drop over weather, rising input cost

From Vincent Nwanma (Lagos), Eyo Charles (Calabar) & Bola Ojuola (Akure) Nigeria, the world’s fifth-biggest producer of cocoa, could see its output of the bean fall in the new season on the impact of weather and rising costs of inputs, farmers and industry, operators have said. The 2021/22 harvest begins...

Stakeholders encouraged to sustain successes chalked by Ghana’s cocoa sector

Mr Samuel Adimado, the President of the Licensed Cocoa Buyers Association of Ghana (LICOBAG), has encouraged stakeholders in the Cocoa sector, to maintain the best practices leading to high productivity levels and quality beans by the country. He said to achieve these, stakeholders especially the farmers, must work hard, and...

“It is a catastrophe”: In Cameroon, cocoa producers endure from drought

The nation is Africa’s third soybean producer after Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and hundreds of farmers have been affected by inadequate rainfall. In Nkengué, a small village in central Cameroon, the 77-year-old Richard Mbassi Ambassa has lengthy been completely satisfied to be “Mannequin Farmer”. The cocoa fields he took care of attracted colleagues, younger individuals getting ready to have interaction in commerce, and even native authorities passing by means of the world. For greater than sixty years, this plantation has allowed Richard Mbassi to deal with his household: yearly, the sale of cocoa beans brings him 500,000 to 800,000 CFA francs (from 760 to 1,220 euros), typically much more. Sufficient to make sure the training of the youngsters and the livelihood of the household.

Calm It All Balm

My Calm It All Balm is BACK! This balm was lovingly hand-crafted right here at Sage Goddess Headquarters with a skin-nourishing base of babassu oil, beeswax, cocoa beans, and avocado and shea butter. It’s infused with pure oils of lavender for tranquility and comfort, eucalyptus for healing and energetic balance, and Roman chamomile for peace and relaxation. Every container is also sprinkled with lavender and infused with a clear quartz point to amplify its calming medicine. Incorporate this balm into your daily self-care rituals for peace of mind, better meditation, and restful sleep.
Rainforest Alliance

Full Mutual Recognition for Mass Balance Cocoa

With the launch of the new Standard, we will shift to Full Mutual Recognition for all Rainforest Alliance mass balance products throughout the entire supply chain. This page describes how Full Mutual Recognition will be implemented in cocoa. Mutual Recognition Program for more information on Mutual Recognition in the Rainforest...

What Is Cacao Butter, and Why Is It So Popular?

Cacao butter has gotten some attention lately, especially from those following a paleo or keto diet. Also known as cocoa butter, it's a common ingredient in lotions and lip balms because it can moisturize and protect our skin, which absorbs it well. You might consume cacao butter most frequently in candy bars, but you can use it in your cooking—assuming you understand the ingredient, that is. To learn more, we spoke with pastry chef Penny Stankiewicz, owner and creative director of Sugar Couture, a custom sugar art company.
Bakery and Snacks

New cocoa fruit juice concentrate available for food professionals

French premium chocolate manufacturer Valrhona has joined forces with the Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa to create Oabika, a new cocoa fruit juice concentrate for chefs and other gastronomy professionals. According to Koa, Oabika is the first cocoa fruit juice concentrate at 72° Brix (the sugar content of an aqueous solution) created...
Confectionary News

‘Africa Beyond Beans’ - second ACCE cocoa conference opens in Ghana

The second African Cocoa & Chocolate Expo (ACCE) 2021 opens online from today for three days of discussions, debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities. Hosted by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and Know Your Cocoa Foundation (KYC ), the theme this year is ‘Africa Beyond Beans’, with an awareness of attracting a new ‘generation of cocoapreneurs’ into the industry.

Listener Question: Should I Use Cocoa or Cacao Powder When Baking?

It was hard enough knowing which cocoa powder to use when we had two choices: Dutch-process and natural. Rachel Rotterman of Boston points out there’s a third option—cacao powder. She wondered if it could be used in place of the others. All three are made by processing the dried, fermented...

B’ville cocoa among top 50

Grown by the Bougainville Department of Primary Industries at its research station in Kubu, near Buka, the samples were submitted to the Cocoa of Excellence 2021 competition in Paris, where it was judged alongside 235 cocoa beans. Project coordinator in Bougainville, James Bututu, who submitted the samples, said the results...