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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,...

Tereos confirms interest in Danisco sugar

French sugar and food solutions company Tereos has confirmed it is hoping to acquire Danisco's sugar business, and that it is bidding against Germany's Nordzucker.

Sugar not to blame for kids behaving badly: review

A new review of studies investigating the role of sucrose in children's behaviour has concluded that it is not the root cause of behavioural problems such as ADHD.

Cocoa deficit forecast to fall but prices remain high

Latest figures from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) suggest that there will be a rise in world production of cocoa compared to last year and a rise, though smaller, in...

Sugar and currencies blamed for Tate & Lyle profit drop

Tate & Lyle has reported an 11 per cent drop in pre-tax profits to £244m (c €307.3m) for full year 2008, a result of troubles in international sugar trading and...

Cocoa prices bounce back, stay buoyant

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) monthly review of the cocoa market suggests that a decline of the monthly average ICCO daily price in April compared to the previous month could...

Major HFCS users unlikely to ditch it for sugar, expert

Some food and beverage manufacturers may switch from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to sugar as a result of high corn prices, but this is only likely to be the...

Imperial Sugar to rebuild refinery damaged in blast

The Imperial Sugar Co today said it will rebuild the parts of its Georgia sugar refinery that were damaged in last year's explosion, reinstating it as the second largest refinery...

Flavanol content of cocoa cut during manufacturing

Alkalising cocoa beans reduces the total flavanoid content by two-thirds, reducing the antioxidant potential of the product, according to new research.

Callebaut ethical investment ensures cocoa traceability

Barry Callebaut has acquired a 49 per cent stake in Biolands of Tanzania, Africa's largest exporter of certified organic cocoa, after purchasing 100 per cent of its top-end cocoa for...

US consumer group warns against GM sugar beets

Citizens for Health, a US consumer advocacy group, has launched an online campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets in food products.

Cargill builds first sugar refinery

Ingredients firm Cargill yesterday announced the construction of its first ever sugar refinery in the US, as part of the company's plans to provide all possible sweeteners or sugars to...

ICCO places more focus on sustainable cocoa

Sustainable cocoa production and standards were the focus of the first meeting of a working group for the Roundtable on a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE), organised last month by the...

Cosun defies sugar conditions to report growth

Cosun is expecting its recent acquisition of CSM Suiker to prop up its margins somewhat in the coming year, as conditions remain tough for the European sugar industry.

Barry Callebaut takes majority stake in Malaysian cocoa firm

Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut is to purchase a 60 per cent share of Malaysia's KL Kepong Cocoa Products in a move designed to increase its sourcing capacity in Asia.

Danisco reshuffles ingredients ahead of sugar split

Danisco is reorganising its ingredients business in a bid to target market trends like health and wellness more closely, and deal with issues that have been affecting parts of its...

News briefs: Cocoa, Cadbury and Sweet China

In financial news this week, cocoa prices go up yet again, Cadbury reveals more de-merger plans, and Sweet China is allowed to return to the London stock market.

Ghanaian cocoa hybrids have no nutritional drawbacks

Four hybrid cocoa species developed in Ghana to have improved resistance to pest damage during storage have similar nutritional properties to conventional cocoa, says a study that topples a barrier...

Defra angers union over sugar compensation u-turn

The UK National Farmer's Union (NFU) said yesterday it is considering legal action after UK body Defra revealed it was planning to re-open negotiations on how much compensation sugar growers...

Religious investors call for boycott of GM sugar

A coalition of ethical stock market investors have called on 63 US food, beverage and restaurant companies to stop using genetically modified (GM) sugar beet.

Confectioners face even higher cocoa prices

The price of cocoa continued to hit record highs on the stock market in January, increasing by an average 4.6 per cent on the London and New York stock exchanges.

Sugar companies may face compulsory quota cuts

The European Commission may have to enforce compulsory final sugar quota cuts of 1.16m tones in 2010 with no compensation, as current renunciations fall below targets.

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