The World Cocoa Federation is offering four $60,000 grants to improve cocoa farming in Indonesia. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 1 for projects that improve the lives of cocoa farmers in the No. 3 cocoa-producing country.
Kellogg has opened a research and development facility in Belgium, which will give the company a larger role in Europe. "Kellogg is looking to Europe to grow," said Michael De Blauwe, executive director of the Leuven Bio-Incubator. "But Europe has much stronger regulations in terms of food ingredients in comparison to America."
Mondelez International has launched Nabisco Rice Thins, a crunchy snack that contains no gluten. "We’re excited to be one of the mainstream brands offering a gluten-free option that is not only wholesome, but delicious," said Mondelez spokeswoman Kimberly Fontes.
Danish confectioner Palsgaard has set goals of becoming carbon-neutral by 2020 and using only sustainable palm oil. In its most recent corporate responsibility report, the company said it is using energy from wind farms, straw, natural gas and solar cells.
Wythe Will Tzetzo, the Virginia confectioner that acquired New York-based Tzetzo Brothers in 2011, has chosen Tonawanda, N.Y., as the site of a new 310,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center. “We have such a good, trained workforce in Buffalo that it made sense to expand there,” said CEO Gordon Angles.