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Nestle, Mondelez, Hershey pledge to tackle deforestation in cocoa 17 Mar 2017

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey today (16 March) announced plans to work together to "end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain", focusing initially on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.


Bel inaugurates first facility in sub-Saharan Africa  23 Mar 2016

Bel Group, the maker of The Laughing Cow cheese, has officially opened its first production facility in sub-Saharan Africa with a ceremony at its new plant in Côte d'Ivoire. 


Cemoi eyes west Africa with new plant 9 Mar 2015

French chocolate maker Cemoi says its new production plant in Cote d'Ivoire, which is set to open in May, will enable the company to serve markets across west Africa.


AFRICA: FrieslandCampina drives presence with Olam dairy plant acquisition 1 Sep 2014

Olam International has sold its Cote d'Ivoire dairy plant to FrieslandCampina in a US$18.7m deal.


AFRICA: Industry in new cocoa sustainability pledge 22 May 2014

Hershey, Mars and Nestle - plus cocoa suppliers Barry Callebaut and Cargill - are among 12 companies to set up a new industry initiative to "accelerate" efforts to make farming in west Africa "more sustainable".


COTE D'IVOIRE: Ajinomoto opens repacking seasoning plant 16 May 2013

Japanese food maker Ajinomoto has started full-scale operations at a repacking plant for umami seasoning in the Côte d'Ivoire.


COTE D'IVOIRE: Barry Callebaut breaks ground at cocoa research centre 29 Jun 2012

Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has broken ground at its first Center of Cocoa Excellence in west Africa.


COTE D'IVOIRE: Cargill invests in cocoa farmers 11 Nov 2011

Cargill's cocoa and chocolate business has announced a US$3.25m support package for Ivorian cocoa farmers and the development of the country's cocoa sector.


just the facts - Cote D'Ivoire and cocoa 28 Jan 2011

Cocoa prices this week shot up as the president-elect of Cote D'Ivoire announced an export ban amid political struggles in the country.


COTE D'IVOIRE: Cocoa export ban "testing time", say candy firms 25 Jan 2011

Europe's confectioners and biscuit makers have admitted that a temporary ban of cocoa shipments from Cote d'Ivoire, the world's largest cocoa exporter, has created "a very testing time" for the industry.