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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.

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.

Premium cocoa gets supply chain boost

Agricultural group Bioversity International has begun a new project on sustainable and organic farming - designed to benefit both producers of gourmet single-origin chocolate and cocoa farmers in Nicaragua.

Scientists look to cocoa husk fibre for low calorie foods

Cocoa husks, a waste product from the chocolate industry, could offer a valuable source of dietary fibre for the low-calorie food segment, Spanish researchers report.

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,...

Barry Callebaut unlocks the secrets to cocoa flavour

Leading cocoa producer Barry Callebaut has discovered the specific bacteria responsible for flavour creation during extensive research into cocoa bean fermentation - enabling the company to produce better quality chocolate...

Cocoa extract more effective than fluoride, research

A bar of chocolate a day might keep the dentist away, according to new research into the cavity-fighting properties of cocoa.

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.

Scientists propose new process for high-flavonoid cocoa

Scientists in Spain are reporting development of a new process to make cocoa powder with eight times the levels of some flavonoids linked to chocolate's beneficial effects.

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...

Barry Callebaut to study cocoa butter for diabetics

Barry Callebaut is funding research aimed at discovering the component in cocoa butter responsible for an observed improvement in insulin sensitivity, with the ultimate aim of developing chocolate products for...

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...

Cargill patents new cocoa processing method

US based cocoa producer Cargill has developed a new method of processing cocoa which allows for reduced fat content and greater dispersibility in cocoa powder.

Mars seeks to protect cocoa extract from Spanish competition

Chocolate giant Mars has filed a lawsuit against Natraceutical, alleging that the Spanish company is infringing its patents on polyphenol-rich cocoa extracts by selling CocoanOX extracts in the United States.

Meta-analysis boosts cocoa's blood pressure lowering effects

Polyphenol-rich dark chocolate could reduce blood pressure to the same extent as beta-blockers, suggests a new meta-analysis from Germany.

Nestlé builds science to support cocoa polyphenol claims

The polyphenol content of many chocolates varies greatly around the world, scientists from the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) report in an article that adds to the company's ability to validate...

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...

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.

Cocoa polyphenols may offer diabetes benefits - study

Dietary supplementation with cacao liquor proanthocyanidins (CLPr) reduced blood glucose levels in obese diabetic mice, and may offer human diabetics significant benefits, says a new study from Japan.

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