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Scientists identify cocoa’s ‘novel mechanism’ for heart benefits

The potential heart health benefits of polyphenol-rich cocoa powder may be related to a ‘novel mechanism’ of boosting HDL (good) cholesterol, says a new study from Japan.

Our cocoa stock levels are sufficient so far, says Barry Callebaut

Leading maker of bulk chocolate, Barry Callebaut, has bought and exported the cocoa beans it needs to fulfill its processing needs, said a company spokesperson in reaction to the suspension...

Cocoa trade bodies press EU for more clarity on Ivory Coast ban

Lack of clarity on the implications for the cocoa industry of the financial penalities imposed by the EU on the Ivory Coast has prompted trade representatives in the bloc to...

Explosion at ADM cocoa processing facility

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is currently assessing the impact of an explosion that occurred on a production line at its cocoa processing facility in Wormer, Netherlands, which was followed...

Imperial Sugar returns to profit in 2010

Imperial Sugar Company returned to profit during fiscal 2010 as its Port Wentworth refinery continued to boost production following a 2008 explosion, although its losses widened in Q4, the company said.

Ivorian crisis not impacting cocoa supply, report

Delivery of cocoa bean supplies to ports in the Ivory Coast appears to be unaffected by the recent political turmoil following last month’s election in the West African country.

Further conflict in Ivory Coast could increase cocoa prices, Rabobank

With a larger crop and only modest growth in use, prices are expected to fall in 2011, according to Rabobank in its latest Agri Commodity market report. However further escalation...

EC failing to see urgency of sugar shortage in bloc, CIUS

The Commission is failing to recognise the urgency of the sugar supply deficit in the EU in its deferral of a decision regarding the hike in the sugar export quota...

Mars: Cocoa flavanols show prebiotic potential

Flavanol compounds derived from cocoa may boost the populations of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, says a new study from Mars and the University of Reading.

New minimum price for Fairtrade organic cocoa will offset volatility, claims FLO

A new minimum price for Fairtrade organic cocoa, which comes into force early next year, will act as an income safety net for growers amid ongoing price volatility in the...

Cocoa prices hinge on Ivory Coast election says Rabobank

Rabobank has warned that cocoa prices will respond if there is a return to civil war in the Ivory Coast as this could impede cocoa exports onto the world market.

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Cargill awarded for its work with cocoa farmers

Cargill has been awarded for its work to improve livelihoods for cocoa farmers and their families in Africa, Asia and South America.

No decision on ‘no added salt’ and’ x% less fat/salt/sugar’ claims until 2011

Manufacturers waiting to find out whether they will be allowed to use terms including ‘no added salt’ and ‘low-Gi’ under the EU health claims Regulation will now have to wait...

New Ivory Coast quality cocoa control programme

The Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cocoa beans, has instituted a new cocoa quality-control programme, according to the World Bank.

EC must reverse decision on out-of-quota sugar and release internally, CIUS

The CIUS is calling for the European Commission to act now to keep sugar supplies within the EU market rather than export the sweetener, with it claiming that EU based...

ADM expects higher sustainable cocoa output in 2011

Participation in ADM’s cocoa growing certification programme - Serap - has tripled since its implementation and it has provided almost 49,000 metric tonnes of sustainable cocoa in the period, said...

IFF: high sugar prices are driving reformulation demands

High commodity prices are driving demand amongst food companies to reformulate products for the sake of affordability, according to International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF)

Roquette chews on positive EFSA gum opinions

French supplier Roquette is hailing the potential of polyols to boost dental health, following recent article 14 positive opinions for sugar-free gum from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and...

Warning that sugar prices could surge to 30-year high

The leading traders of physical raw sugar claim that the commodity is likely to surge to a 30-year high in the coming months, with all eyes on the pending Indian...

Cargill's reduced calorie chocolate set to hit shelves in 2011

Cargill’s sweetener experts have further enhanced its reduced calorie chocolate prototype that was shown at FIE in November 2009, with the commercial product set to hit the market at the...

Defatted cocoa powder ‘best compromise’ for low-fat choc: Nestle

Formulating reduced fat chocolate using defatted cocoa powder may indeed by the ‘best compromise’ for confectionery producers, says a new study from Nestlé Product Technology.

Fairtrade cocoa supply can support chocolate brand switch, FLO

There is enough volume of Fairtrade cocoa available to supply more large brands switching product lines to Fairtrade, according to the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO).

FLO raises Fairtrade cocoa premium

A hike in US$50 in the Fairtrade premium per metric tonne (MT) of cocoa should encourage investment in sustainable cocoa initiatives and better farming practices, claims the group behind the...

New process method could boost Malaysian cocoa output

A scheme based on a computer-aided process simulation tool can optimise the cocoa manufacturing process in Malaysia and double output, claims new research.

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