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Future of cocoa prices uncertain, says ICCO

Cocoa prices in June reached their highest levels since 2003, according to the monthly review by the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO).

Sugar prices expected to stabilise, forecasts FAO

A rising global demand for sugar is set to be met by an increase in production, leading to a more stable market and prices, forecasts the Food and Agriculture Organisation...

Indonesia gears up to meet rising cocoa demand

Indonesia is expecting an increase in the country's cocoa production, despite recent poor crops, according to local news media.

Sugar-free gum poisonous for pets

Consumer demand for sugar-free products with Xylitol is leading to the deaths of domestic pets, according to reports in the US.

Danisco blames revenue dip on EU sugar reform

Danisco suffered a 3 per cent drop in revenue in the 12 months to 30 April, blaming the fall on the EU's decision to cut subsidies for sugar.

Barry Callebaut goes green with new biofuel energy source

Swiss chocolate firm Barry Callebaut is joining the ranks of environmentally-friendly businesses as it looks to 'greener' ways of powering its processing facilities in Wieze, Belgium.

British Sugar rolls out clean-label syrup

UK ingredients manufacturer British Sugar has developed a new liquid sugar product, suitable for both bakers and confectioners and designed to re-introduce traditional golden syrup to a modern, more health-conscious,...

Ghana addresses cocoa labour issues

The Ghanaian government is continuing its investigation into labour practices in the country's cocoa industry with the publication of a report into child labour.

UK farmers bitter over altered sugar reform

Farmers in the UK have condemned the newly amended EU sugar restructuring scheme saying it will benefit processors rather than growers struggling to compete at the lower end of the...

Sugar processors offered restructuring sweeteners

The European Commission is stepping up efforts to force less competitive sugar processors from the market, with a series of changes to the EU sugar restructuring scheme.

ABF sugar buy helps keep business afloat

After a problematic year involving tampering incidents and disappointing bread sales, UK food producer Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a 7 per cent rise in profits which the group...

Special edition: Global food trade

EU sugar reform sours at home and abroad

Still in its initial stages of implementation, the EU sugar reform effort appears dogged by problems - a significant quota cut in the last few months left producers scrambling to...

Bakers offered new moisture resistant sugar product

UK sugar processor British Sugar has developed a new line of moisture-resistant sugar to its dry ingredients range for bakers, which it claims can prolong shelf life and improve product...

Which? criticises complicated sugar labelling

Consumer watchdog Which? has hit out at confusing labelling of sugar content in foods, placing the onus on manufacturers to put full nutritional information on packs after a survey found...

Chocolate test ensures sugar consistency

Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Metrohm has developed a test to determine the exact sugar content of chocolate - helping manufacturers ensure consistency on the production line.

Tate & Lyle teams up with Eridania for Italian sugar supply

Tate & Lyle and Italian sugar producer Eridania Sadam have formed a joint venture for the marketing and sales of all sugar products to the Italian market, seen as an...

Sugar reform continues to leave a sour taste

EU sugar reform combined with unfavourable trading conditions in the UK are continuing to hit food manufacturers hard - denting profits and squeezing margins.

Roquette sweetens low-sugar market with soluble fibre range

Helping confectioners target the health trend, French ingredients firm Roquette has developed a new soluble fibre range suitable for use in low-sugar, low-calorie jellies and gums.

Sugar crops improve after hurricane losses

Sugar production in Florida increased during the last crop year, reaching "more normal" production levels after significant losses during the string of hurricanes in recent years.

ABF sugar operations sweeten sales

Sugar producer Associated British Foods (ABF) has announced a strong performance from its operations overseas which have helped to offset rocky trading in the UK market.

Danisco welcomes EU sugar quota cut

Danisco has welcomed the EC's decision to introduce a temporary sugar quota reduction as a "necessary step to restore the balance on the market".

Tate & Lyle sells Canadian sugar business

Tate & Lyle's agreement to the sale of its Canadian sugar refining business represents another move away from the commodity end of the market.

Barry Callebaut boosts Ghana cocoa production

Major Swiss cocoa processor Barry Callebaut has expanded operations at a factory in Ghana - doubling the facility's bean processing capacity.

Royal Cosun announces indicative 2006 sugar beet price

Dutch firm Royal Cosun has announced an indicative sugar beet price of €48.25 per tonne of quota beet from the 2006 campaign.

Test aids sugarcane extraction

A new test has been developed to aid sugar processors in the difficult task of extracting the substance from raw sugarcane.

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