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Mondelēz has acquired Australian cracker company Gourmet Food Holdings (GFH). Melbourne based GFH creates cracker and biscuit products including Crisbic and Olinas Bakehouse. This agreement also sees GFH’s seafood prepacking business, Ocean Blue, being acquired.

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Mondelēz International launches program to combat climate change

Mondelēz International is expanding its global cocoa sustainability initiative, Cocoa Life, in Brazil.

Cocoa Life aims to create empowered and thriving cocoa farming communities, by helping farmers to become more profitable and sustainable while safeguarding the future of chocolate.

Around the world, the initiative is already making progress in five key cocoa origin countries – Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, India and Dominican Republic.

Mondelēz International has been supporting cocoa production in Brazil since 2014 and will build on this work, and on the learnings from other origins, to fully deploy the Cocoa Life program.

In Pará, the company will invest about $200,000 per year over the next three years to empower cocoa farmers and to nurture thriving and independent cocoa communities.

In Bahia, where farmers face a myriad of challenges related to crop management, Cocoa Life will provide guidance on the latest techniques in farm rejuvenation and good agricultural practices to improve yields and the quality of the cocoa produced as well as to mitigate environmental impact.

The cocoa beans produced with Cocoa Life support will be part of Mondelēz International supply chain network for its Lacta-chocolate portfolio.

Mondelēz chief of sustainability and well-being Christine Montenegro McGrath said the company is thrilled about adding Brazil to its Cocoa Life initiative.

“Brazil is not only a cocoa-growing country, but it’s also an important chocolate manufacturing hub – home to one of our local heritage brands, Lacta.

“Cocoa Life has already made a significant impact in West African cocoa farming communities and we expect it will do the same in Brazil. In addition, the program will also look at contributing to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and to the community development,” said Montenegro McGrath.

The Cocoa Life launch in Brazil is the result of a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and its Forest Cocoa project, which was created to foster low-carbon family-based farming, generate social and economic benefits and engage farmers to commit to zero deforestation targets and an agroforestry-based restoration of degraded areas.

TNC Brazil vice coordinator of restoration, Rodrigo Freire, said the partnership with Cocoa Life brings a new perspective to expand efforts.

“Indeed, the Pará region, which had one of the highest rates of deforestation in Brazil, has the potential to become an example of sustainable development and restoration in the Amazon Rainforest,” said Freire.

“Over the past five years, we have supported the planting of 450 hectares of cocoa agroforestry-system in the Amazon, benefitting over 120 families in the São Félix do Xingu and Tucumã municipalities in southeastern Pará.

“Our goal is to reach 1,000 families in the next five years,” said Freire.

In partnership with Forest Cocoa, Mondelēz International has set clear targets for the next three years such as:

  • Impacting at least 500 farmers,
  • Deploy six demonstration plots to share good agricultural practices, promote ecological soil management and good post-harvest practices,
  • Transforming 1,000 hectares of pasture land into cocoa agroforestry,
  • Re-shape 750 hectares of existing cocoa farms with new agro-ecological soil management
  • Restore 500 hectares of riparian forest and protect watersheds.

Cadbury recalls some chocolate blocks because of plastic find

Chocolate maker Cadbury has recalled some Caramilk chocolate blocks because pieces of plastic have been found in some of them.

The company said in a statement the products affected are 190g Cadbury Caramilk chocolate block sold in Australia only with best before dates of 17/01/2019 and 21/01/2019.

The recalled product has been available for sale in Coles, Woolworths, IGA’s and independent retailers (VIC only) in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS and WA.

Products containing plastic may cause minor injury if consumed. Analysis of the samples received to date has determined that this product does not appear to pose a serious health or food safety risk, but the quality and safety of our products, as well as our consumers, is our first priority and a recall has been initiated to prevent the risk of minor injury.

Affected product should not be consumed and should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund – no proof-of-purchase is required.

No other Mondelēz International or Cadbury brand or product is affected. Cadbury Caramilk

products sold in New Zealand and all other Caramilk products sold in Australia with different best before dates, are not affected by this recall.

Consumers are asked to call our consumer relations centre on 1800 034 241 if they have any further inquiries.

 

Cadbury cuts 50 jobs in Tasmania

Fifty workers from Cadbury’s Hobart factory will lose their jobs as the chocolate maker spends $75 million to upgrade the facility.

The job losses represent more than 10 per cent of its Hobart workforce. The company’s parent Mondelez said in a statement most of the job losses, which will happen before the end of the year, are likely to be voluntary redundancies.

“Our team here has worked hard to help us become more efficient, cut costs and improve our competitiveness and as a result, we’ve reduced the cost of converting raw materials into a block of chocolate by 12 per cent,” said Amanda Banfield, Area Vice President.

“But while progress has been made, increasing local and global competition, low domestic growth, rising costs, and Australia’s distance from overseas markets make it difficult to compete against the likes of European factories with lower costs.

“To remain competitive, we need to improve our conversion costs by 30 per cent, plus continue to raise the bar as competition increases further.”

The company said it will realise more efficiencies through investment in new technologies, equipment and automation, plus increase the skills and capabilities of its people and ensure its teams are the right size.

The $75 million upgrade will take place over the next 18 months.

 

Cocoa Life Sustainability Program reports Strong Progress

Mondelēz International has published the first progress report on its Cocoa Life sustainability program, which highlights the wide-ranging impact and efforts to date across its six cocoa-growing origins. 

Since its inception in 2012 to the end of 2015, Cocoa Life reached over 76,700 farmers in over 795 communities, establishing a strong foundation and framework for the program.

Initial results show Cocoa Life farmers' incomes tripled since 2009, which is 49 percent more than control communities measured. Likewise, cocoa yield increased 37 percent more than the control communities.

The report also includes data from a needs assessment of the five regions where Cocoa Life is in place in Côte d’Ivoire and an Indonesia baseline assessment, which identifies key areas that will be targeted and measured for improvement. 

According to Cocoa Life Program Director Cathy Pieters, Cocoa Life integrates the work of stakeholders to achieve common goals in ways that can assist Cocoa Life farming communities around the world.

"This progress report brings together the voices of people in cocoa communities across all our origins and demonstrates how the program is working together with local governments, our suppliers and partners to build lasting change on the ground," Pieters said. 

As the world’s largest chocolate company and buyer of cocoa, Mondelēz International is committed to ensuring a sustainable cocoa supply chain. Today, 21 percent of the company’s cocoa is sustainably sourced and brands such as Côte d'Or and Marabou are now displaying the Cocoa Life logo. Cocoa Life is a long-term $400 million investment to empower 200,000 cocoa farmers and reach over one million community members by 2022. 

Cocoa Life is a part of Mondelēz International's Call For Well-being, a call to action focused on four areas that are critical to the well-being of the world and where the company can make the greatest impact: Sustainability, Well-being, Communities, and Safety.

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