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Cocoa crop losses are 38% and rising - so what can be done?

By Niamh Michail

A staggering 38% of global cocoa is lost each year to disease or pests - and this figure looks set to rise - yet research is scant compared to rice, corn or wheat. Why is this and what is being done to reduce it?

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CAC joins BEUC and targets improvement for consumers in Croatia

By Joseph James Whitworth

The head of the Croatian Alliance of Consumers (CAC) said it is looking forward to “being part of the big family” after it became the latest group to join the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

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Macadamias: On a mission to crack the on-trend nut market

By Niamh Michail

Macadamias only represent 1.5% of the tree nut market, held back by limited supplies and high prices, but a tree-planting programme could change that. "Customers are crying out to use macadamias as an ingredient. It’s up to us to make that opportunity...

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Can blockchain build a sustainable food industry?

By Amarjit Sahota, president and founder of Ecovia Intelligence

Blockchain is taking off, with a growing number of food companies and retailers experimenting with this new technology. Consultancy Ecovia Intelligence sees blockchain bringing many sustainability benefits to the food industry.

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