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ADM-led project aims to boost Indonesian cocoa quality

Leading cocoa processor Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced it is kick-starting its Ivory Coast sustainable cocoa initiative – Serap – in Indonesia in a bid to boost cocoa quality...

Sugar supply gaps ongoing claim German confectioners

Confectionery manufacturers in Germany are faced with sugar supply gaps and dramatic price rises despite EU regulatory intervention on the crucial food ingredient, argues the German chocolate and confectionery industry...

First UTZ cocoa shipment in US, sustainable cocoa boom expected

Cargill has received the first ever shipment of UTZ cocoa in North America, a move which will be followed by other sustainable cocoa developments in the region, said the certifying...

Cocoa extracts may benefit cholesterol levels: Study

A combination of cocoa and skimmed milk may beneficially affect cholesterol levels in the blood, according to new data from Spain.

EC acts to ensure 'functioning' of the EU sugar market: CORRECTED VERSION

European Commission measures to open a further 200,000 tonne import quota for raw or refined sugar at zero import duty and the possibility for further imports at reduced import duty...

‘Micro-size’ chocolate tackles cocoa price max-out

With cocoa per-tonne prices standing at about €2080 in the aftermath of the Ivory Coast crisis, chocolate suppliers are coming to the fore with solutions to deliver ‘chocolateness’ with less...

Drought set to boost European cereal and sugar prices

Prolonged drought in northern Europe has already capped yields of cereals and sugar beet and, without significant rainfall over the next two months, could significantly boost prices, warn analysts.

ADM to offer UTZ cocoa for first time following Nigerian certification

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is to source UTZ certified cocoa for the first time, after Nigeria was granted sustainable recognition for its beans.

Callebaut resumes Ivorian cocoa exports

Barry Callebaut reports that it has resumed its exports from the Ivory Coast, following the recent resolution of the six-month long political crisis in the West African cocoa powerhouse.

Cocoa flavanols can improve eye and brain function, study

A new study from researchers at the University of Reading claims that consumption of cocoa flavanols may improve aspects of eye and brain function.

Ivory Coast cocoa trade resumes but credit issues remain, analysts

Ivory Coast’s cocoa trade has been normalised, but uncertainly remains about the mid-crop, and and all eyes are now on the weather for the main crop, to be harvested this...

Callebaut expands supply deal with Hershey

Reflecting the continuing industry trend toward outsourcing, Barry Callebaut said a new supply deal it has agreed with Hershey will put its annual deliveries beyond the current 80,000 metric tonnes.

Hershey: Cocoa polyphenols show weight management potential

Extracts from cocoa may block carbohydrate and lipid breakdown in the gut, and aid weight management, says a new study from Hershey.

Cocoa exports unlikely to resume this week, Mintel

Ivory Coast cocoa exports are unlikely to resume by this week, said Mintel, in response to reports that the country will start shipping the commodity from the beginning of May.

Cargill given green light on KVB cocoa merger

Cargill’s takeover of Schwartauer KVB has been cleared by the European Commission, giving the US giant the green light to phase in the operations of the German semi-finished cocoa supplier....

Roquette says EFSA sweetener opinions apply to fibre too

French supplier Roquette says recent positive health claim opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) linking sugar replacers with dental health, are applicable to soluble fibres.

Callebaut bids to boost viability of Malaysian cocoa

Barry Callebaut, in a bid to meet its strategic need to diversify its cocoa origin and boost the viability of cocoa production in Malaysia, has announced a new research programme.

Callebaut takes delivery of first UTZ certified cocoa from Ghana

Another milestone has been achieved in the UTZ certified sustainable cocoa programme, with the first-ever shipment of cocoa beans from Ghana that meets that standard’s economic, environmental and social criteria....

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Tate & Lyle sells Vietnamese sugar business

Tate & Lyle announced today that it has agreed to sell its Vietnamese sugar business in a cash deal worth £33m subject to regulatory approval.

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ADM Cocoa opens technical centre in Germany

ADM Cocoa has opened a new technical centre in Germany, where its customers can go to experiment with flavour, mouthfeel and shelf-life of their chocolate-containing products.

Callebaut leverages US growth with cocoa pilot testing site

Leading industrial chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has opened its first cocoa pilot plant in North America, a move that follows its reported objective to grow its chocolate volume sales by...

Cocoa sector hails resolution and end of EU ban on Ivorian trade

The food industry and cocoa traders have welcomed the EU decision to lift sanctions on the Ivory Coast ports and other Ivorian entities following an end to the crisis in...

USDA increases sugar import quota

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Monday that it will increase sugar imports by 325,000 short tons in fiscal 2011 – a move that has been welcomed by sweetener users.

Sustainability of West African cocoa growing questioned

Cocoa farming has been a contributor to deforestation and degradation in West Africa due to limited fertilizer use as well as outdated crop husbandry methods, claim two research groups in...

Sugar policy reform bills attract industry support

Sugar policy reform is back on the US legislative agenda, as two new bills that aim to end the sugar price support program have attracted broad food industry support.

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