The chocolate supply chain and conditions on cocoa plantations are still not sufficiently transparent, Belgian television programme Factcheckers reports. A guarantee that no child labour takes place can still not be given.
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Despite the sky-high ambitions after the takeover by South Korean conglomerate Lotte 13 years ago, praline maker Guylian seems to have stalled somewhat. The new CEO, Tom Snick, wants to start by breathing new life into the old-fashioned image.
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Godiva has reached a settlement of 15 million dollars (12.9 million euros) with US consumers. They assumed they were buying Belgian chocolates.
Belgian chocolate producer Galler is going to fully rebuild its factory in Vaux-sous-Chèvremont (near Liège), which was destroyed in July's floods. Meanwhile, production has temporarily restarted in other locations.
Dutch chocolate producer Tony’s Chocolonely has started a subscription service for chocolate in the Netherlands. Each month, members receive a box with bars in three flavours.
The Belgian chocolate producer Puratos raises one billion euros through a bond loan to combat slavery, child labour and deforestation.
Sweet Products, the parent company of ice cream producer IJsboerke and chocolate brand Jacques, is hopeful to take over Cémoi, France's largest chocolate manufacturer. The takeover would triple the group's turnover.
It's not a pleasant day for Tony's Chocolonely. The Dutch advocate for fair chocolate has lost its "official" recognition by the organisation Slave Free Chocolate. A very harsh judgment, which shows little consideration for the broader picture.
Tony's Chocolonely, the chocolate producer striving for 100% slave-free chocolate, says it pays more for cocoa from Africa than any other producer. But is that claim true?
Covid-19 was a disaster for Belgian chocolate store chain Leonidas: many pralines ended in the bin due to the lockdowns. But "never waste a good crisis": lessons were learnt, especially online.
Ten years of legal battles end in a defeat for Milka (Mondelez): German Ritter Sport is now the only brand that is allowed to produce square chocolate bars.
Chocolate brand Galler is coming (partly) into Belgian ownership again. Former CEO Salvatore Iannello takes the lead again and launches a new strategy, focused on sustainability.
Lidl Belgium's fair trade chocolate bars 'Way to Go!' are going international: the chocolate is also finding its way onto store shelves in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Barry Callebaut has announced the unveiling of what it calls "the world's first personalized 3D printed chocolate at scale", which would allow it to create unique chocolate experiences. The innovation allows the company to "address consumers’ desire for an instagrammable life".
The leading cocoa-producing countries, Ghana and Ivory Coast, have agreed to introduce a levy to improve the quality of life of cocoa farmers. As a result, the price of chocolate will rise in the future.
In Brussels, chocolate lovers can immerse themselves in the new Côte d'Or flagship store. And not only themselves: a large chocolate fountain in the shape of an elephant's head is displayed in the shop window.