TheChocolateLife::LIVE – AMA Innovation News

TheChocolateLife::LIVE – AMA Innovation News

Episode 68 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE streams on Tuesday, November 22nd from 12:00~13:00 EST.

Every month (except when I am traveling and it’s not physically possible) I host a member AMA (Ask Me Anything) video call. Any ChocolateLife member can join the call using the link sent.

This month I am expanding the monthly members-only call to the live stream format. This gives me an opportunity to explore some of the issues brought up in the members-only call.

General topic ideas this for this call include innovation – following up on last Friday’s live stream about the Barry Callebaut 2nd Generation Chocolate announcement as well as mainstream media coverage of industry news related to a member of Big Chocolate’s (misguided, IMO) attempts to address the chronic issue of illegal child labor in W Africa.

Facing new laws, Nestlé offers £1bn to keep children out of chocolate trade
Perched on the shoulder of a slim tree trunk was a yellow cocoa pod. The farmer squeezed it.“If the yield hadn’t gone up we would have cried,” said Tanoh Koaedi
I don’t normally post links to articles in advance of the livestream but here’s one – with more below – for people to read in advance and come prepared to discuss.

As Neill Barston, the editor of Confectionery Production News pointed out – ten months ago – in a response to the LinkedIn post announcing this live stream:

“‘... as we reported, the scale is vast - a $10 billion a year income gap for farmers according to the only industry study to name a figure on this (from Mondelēz) - so essentially, it would take 10x the effort of Nestlé (so the entire corporate industry, plus cash from governments) to achieve its goals.”
Nestlé unveils plans offering farmer payments tackling cocoa sector child labour
Nestlé has moved to enhance its programmes addressing child labour with an income accelerator scheme in Ghana and Ivory Coast offering incentivised payments to farmers and advancing best agricultural practices, reports Neill Barston.

Related stories:

Mondelēz Pledges $600 million as African States Snub Cocoa Talks [ hidden behind a robots captcha and a paywall. ]

Akufo-Addo’s decision not to export raw cocoa to Switzerland apt – Yankah
A former Minister of State Mr Kojo Yankah has lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the decision to halt export of raw cocoa to Switzerland.
Why Ghana will no longer sell cocoa to Switzerland
A year ago, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo became the first African leader to be invited in about 60 years on a state visit to Switzerland.

I will be taking questions from participants live during the stream – just enter them in the comments whether you’re watching on YouTube, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

I will also be asking participants questions about the topics you want to see covered in 2023. What topics would you like to see more of? Less of?

Members, don’t forget that you can also put your thoughts in the comments below.

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