NEW YORK Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Ron Wyden of Oregon urged the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to block the import of cocoa made with forced labour in a letter published on Tuesday.
June 13 Bad weather and crop disease have
hampered the cocoa crop in second-largest producer Ghana,
forcing processors there to import beans at rates higher than
usual, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
NEW YORK Fair Trade USA will increase the floor price and fixed premium it requires companies to pay cocoa farmers under its certification system, the organization said on Tuesday.
NEW YORK U.S. stockpiles of Venezuelan cocoa swelled in May to levels not seen in at least five years, a Reuters analysis showed, as exporters in the crisis-hit country hit by U.S. sanctions scramble to raise cash however they can.
FLORENCIA, Colombia Colombia's isolated south could be crucial to the country's push to expand coffee production by nearly 30 percent despite low global prices, its growers federation says, as farmers seek to ramp up productivity amid security improvements.
NEW YORK Starbucks and Mercon Coffee Group separately announced sustainability-focused loan facilities on Monday, signaling the coffee sector's growing emphasis on sustainability as climate change and low global prices threaten the future of the crop.
NEW YORK Brazil's farm minister said on Wednesday that a U.S. agreement to conduct further inspections on the country's meatpacking system is a step toward reopening the United States to fresh Brazilian beef, but is not sufficient.
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NEW YORK, March 19 Ghana's Cocobod signed a $300
million three-year loan with several international lenders on
Tuesday to refinance central bank-raised cocoa bills and finance
production enhancement programs, one of the lenders said in a
BOGOTA/NEW YORK A proposal by Colombian coffee growers' federation that producer countries sell their high-quality harvests untethered from the New York market price could encourage buyers to look for alternative providers, importers and exporters said.