TheChocolateLifeLIVE | Radical Transparency

TheChocolateLifeLIVE | Radical Transparency

Episode 126 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE is LIVE from 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT on Tue, July 25th.

Updated on July 26 to include the resource links mentioned during the LIVE.

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Episode Overview

This episode continues the thread of most of the LIVEs over the previous weeks: When looking at issues related to quality and ethics and barriers to meaningful change, one word keeps coming up over and over and over again ...


Following are some of the topics that will be covered in this episode:

  • What is meant by “transparency?”
  • When might transparency not actually be transparent?
  • What is the connection (is there a connection?) between transparency and traceability?
  • Can we trust statistics?
  • How do we vet statistics? (AKA, “How to be a good skeptic.”)

The idea for this episode came to me as I was thinking about the following post on LinkedIn:

Sharon Terenzi on LinkedIn: Global cocoa production is expected to reach over 5 million tons in the… | 20 comments
Global cocoa production is expected to reach over 5 million tons in the 2022/2023 crop year. Here are some of the major players in the chocolate market that… | 20 comments on LinkedIn
My LinkedIn post in response to Sharon’s post.

Resources That Will Be Discussed In This Episode

Other Resources

The Top Cocoa Producing Countries In The World
The cocoa beans serve as the main ingredients for making chocolates and many Mesoamerican foods. The following article discusses the top 10 cocoa-producing countries in the world.
FAOSTAT provides free access to food and agriculture data for over 245 countries and territories and covers all FAO regional groupings from 1961 to the most recent year available.
International Cocoa Organization - Statistics
The Statistics Section carries out various studies on the cocoa market, some of which can be found on the statistics web page: daily cocoa prices, monthly averages, market reports
Cocoa Historical Prices -
Historical price quotes for Cocoa futures, going back to circa 1980, with latest news and charts.
USD Historical Exchange Rates (US Dollar) - X-Rates
Get historic exchange rates for past US Dollar foreign expenses. Select your currencies and the date to get histroical rate tables.
2022 Commodity Focus: Cocoa
2022 Commodity Focus: Cocoa
AFEX – Africa Exchange
Chocolate makers report slow down of production as margins become squeezed by inflation
Cocoa bean processing in North America has slumped almost 12% in the second quarter, according to figures released by the National Confectioners Association, the lowest in almost 15 years for that period, while in Europe and Asia, factories ground the least cocoa since the beginning of the global pa…
Cocoa | Equal Profit
Transparent Trade — Uncommon Cacao | Wholesale Cocoa Beans
Uncommon Cacao is disrupting the global cacao market as the first Transparent Trade cacoa supply chain company. Transparent Trade is verifiable, published pricing for every transaction related to a cacao purchase along the supply chain.
Find and download reports from this page.
TheChocolateLifeLIVE – Deconstructing the 2023 Chocolate Scorecard
TheChocolateLifeLIVE resumes from its new home in Central Arizona on Friday, April 21st, from 12:00~13:00 EDT (09:00~10:00 PDT).
UPDATED – TheChocolateLife :: LIVE – Constructing Transparent Transparency Reports
Episode 40 streams LIVE worldwide from Brooklyn, NY starting at 12:00 EDT on Tuesday, May 10th.
UPDATED: TheChocolateLife :: LIVE – Deconstructing “Transparency” Reports
Episode 39 streams LIVE worldwide from Brooklyn, NY from 12:00 EDT on Friday, May 6th.
TheChocolateLifeLIVE | Exploring the FCIA Glossary
Episode 125 of #TheChocolateLifeLIVE is LIVE from 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT on Fri, July 21st.
Industry Standards - Fine Chocolate Industry Association
FCIA’s members uphold the code of ethics and industry standards to craft natural fine chocolate products with incredible taste sensations and aromas.
Perhaps a Transparency Reporting Standard would benefit the industry more than the glossary can?


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