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Cocoa supply chain and sustainability headline African symposium

 With sustainability a buzz word for today's confectionery makers, a symposium that kicked off in Ghana today will attempt to get to grips with current issues impacting sustainability in Africa's...

New ADM cocoa plant to meet growing demand

ADM has this week opened its new cocoa processing plant in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, a project it began in 2006 in a bid to expand and cater to growing demand for...

Imperial Sugar enters Cargill cooperation talks

The Imperial Sugar Company says it has entered discussions with joint venture group the Louisiana Sugar Refinery (LSR) over joining forces to construct and operate a new refinery in the...

Ivory Coast cocoa hit by disease, politics

Costs for cocoa have fallen from a peak of $3000 per tonne in July, to $2551.33 on Monday, but reports of the damaging black pod disease in Ivory Coast could...

EU sugar woes are not yet over at ABF

While there has been more optimism hovering over the post-reform EU sugar industry this year, ABF cites the new regime as having an on-going effect on the profits of its...

Farm-gate cocoa prices in Ghana to rise

Cocobod, the cocoa regulator for Ghana, has raised the fixed price it pays to farmers, a move that may not directly impact cocoa processors and buyers but could ultimately...

Cargill’s Ghanaian cocoa plant to go live in November

Agricultural firm Cargill’s new cocoa processing facility in Ghana is set to go online in November, according to reports.

Cocoa flavanols may boost blood flow in the brain

Flavanol-rich chocolate may boost blood flow in the brain and reduce the risk of dementia and stroke, Boston-based researchers have reported.

High cocoa costs continue to plague industry

Confectionery manufacturers are facing increasing cost pressures as cocoa prices reach their highest in over 20 years as cocoa futures prices soared by 3 per cent.

AAK builds profits on cocoa butter equivalents

The high price of cocoa butter has led to greater demand for AAK’s cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs) from specialty vegetable oils, and in turn has yielded strong growth in its...

Barry Callebaut sells Chococam to focus on cocoa sourcing

Focusing further on cocoa bean sourcing and processing, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut spins-off Chococam, the last of its consumer activities in Africa, to South African food firm Tiger Brands.

Smuggled cocoa beans impact supplies from Ghana

Cocoa supplies in Ghana, the world's second largest producer of beans, are being hit by smugglers taking the valuable beans abroad as prices crash through the $3000 barrier.

Imperial Sugar ups Wholesome Sweetener investment

Imperial Sugar has laid out $4m to increase its stake in the Wholesome Sweeteners joint venture, a move that recognises opportunities in the organic sweetener sector.

Pressure for chocolate industry as cocoa breaks $3000 barrier

Strategies for confectionery makers to absorb rocketing price rises are essential as cocoa prices crash through the $3000 barrier, with demand outstripping supplies and pulling the stocks-to-grindings ratio to a...

Danisco Sugar to be sold to Nordzucker

Danisco has announced that it will sell its sugar division to Nordzucker for DKK5600m, around €751m, bringing to an end months of speculation as to whether it would agree to...

Sugar beet pectin-protein nanoparticles show encapsulation potential

Using sugar beet pectin to coat proteins could lead to the formation of core-shell systems for use as encapsulators or fat replacers, suggests new research.

Tate & Lyle spins off sugar trading unit to Bunge

UK sweetener group Tate & Lyle reduces risk to earnings from today's volatile commodity markets, announcing the sale of its international sugar trading operations to US oilseed giant Bunge.

Danisco close to concluding sugar negotiations

Danisco has said it is close to concluding negotiations with potential buyers of its sugar business, but is still working towards spinning it off into a separate business by the...

Sugar beet pectin outperforms gum arabic: study

The potential rise of sugar beet pectin use in the food industry could see it substitute for gum arabic in emulsions, according to new results from Wales.

High costs for cocoa to prevail on stock shortfall

High prices for cocoa manufacturers will prevail as an investment bank predicts a third successive global cocoa deficit in 2008/09.

Rare sugar may replace sucrose for bakery and beyond

The rare sugar D-psicose may be an ideal substitute for sucrose, and have the added benefits of boosting antioxidant activity and boosting shelf-life, say Japanese researchers.

Increased demand and a healthy future for Latin American cocoa

There is a growing demand for cocoa from Latin America to meet the increasing popularity of premium chocolates in Europe and the US, according to a speaker at the recent...

Mars highlights cocoa biodiversity at UN conference

Protecting cocoa's biodiversity and sustainability are critical, said Mars at the recent United Nations Biodiversity conference held in Bonn, Germany.

News briefs: Fairtrade, sugar surplus and Mars community plan

Fairtrade is working to improve UK market share for its accredited chocolate makers, the forecast for global sugar surplus is revised upwards, and Mars unwraps its social responsibility credentials.

DEFRA agrees allocation of compensation for sugar growers and contractors

The allocation of aid between UK sugar beet growers and contractors will remain unchanged from the original proposal made in British Sugar's application, despite suggestions it could have been re-negotiated,...

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