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Healthy cocoa butter alternatives show novel food applications

Sustainable, healthy, cost-effective cocoa butter equivalents may be produced from enriched sunflower oils, and enable formulation of chocolates with higher melting points.

Olam to build cocoa processing plant in Ivory Coast

Olam International is planning to invest $43.5m to build its first, large greenfield cocoa processing plant in the Ivory Coast as well as additional primary processing and warehouse facilities.

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Fair trade cocoa could protect against price volatility, analyst

Opting for fair trade cocoa could be one way for food firms to protect themselves against price volatility for the commodity, according to an industry analyst.

AAK spies ongoing growth in cocoa butter alternatives

Specialist fat supplier reports strong growth in cocoa butter alternatives, sustaining an increase in operating profits in spite of growing market uncertainty.

Cocoa bean speculation is causing price volatility, analyst

Recent cocoa bean price volatility is due in large part to hedge funds attracted by quick returns taking short-term positions on the commodity, according to a leading analyst.

Court blocks planting of GM sugar beets pending assessment

A federal judge ruled on Friday that genetically modified (GM) sugar beets should not be planted or processed until the US Department of Agriculture has carried out a thorough assessment...

Sweetener users welcome early sugar quota announcement

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set sugar import tariff-rate quotas for the 2011 fiscal year – including extra specialty sugar “to accommodate a rapidly expanding organic food sector”, USDA said.

Cocoa goes lower as signs supply pressure may ease

Cocoa fell to a three month low in London on signs that supplies in the world’s biggest producer countries would be boosted by the better crop husbandry initiated over the...

Soluble cocoa fibre could replace muffin fat

Replacing some of the original fat in muffins with soluble cocoa fibre could help manufacturers boost the health profile of their products, says a new Spanish study.

Cocoa smuggling undermines Ghana’s aim to boost production

Ghana’s drive to boost cocoa production to 1m tonnes by 2012, is being frustrated by smugglers, warn government agencies.

Large cocoa purchase to have negligible impact on choc industry, ICCO

The reported purchase of 240,100 tonnes of cocoa on the London futures market by a sole trader will not impact hugely on supply to industry, as cocoa processors have already...

Cocoa bean grind up in US and Europe

North American cocoa bean grind in the second quarter of 2010 again showed double digit gains from the same quarter a year ago, according to data from the US National...

Cocoa players set to meet Liffe governors on speculation

Talks are expected to begin imminently between European cocoa players and the governors of the London futures markets in regards to speculation in the commodity following a threat by traders...

ABF reports strong growth in sugar, food ingredients

Higher sugar prices and volumes have helped boost third quarter revenues at Associated British Foods, signalling continued strong performance into the second half of the year.

High-flavanol cocoa repairs blood vessels in CVD patients - Mars

Cocoa flavanols could improve poor blood vessel function in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), according to research by a team of researchers, including scientists from confectionery maker, Mars Inc.

Singapore group buys up CSR sugar division

Singapore based Wilmar International, in a surprise deal, will acquire the sugar and renewable energy business of Australian giant CSR for US$1.47bn, a move which trounces the recent bid by...

European cocoa industry launches formal complaint to Liffe

The extent of speculation in the London cocoa market has prompted 16 European organizations to sign a letter addressed to the Liffe exchange calling for increased hedge transparency, according to Reuters.

City: Sugar sale gives Tate & Lyle firepower to develop £500m added value ingredients business

The proceeds from Tate & Lyle's sale of its EU sugar business should give bosses the firepower to develop an added-value food ingredients business of at least £500m, according to...

Industry debates NGO admission to cocoa sector forum

Observer status for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on a new cocoa industry consultative board is proving a sticking point at the UN Cocoa Conference in Geneva this week, which aims to...

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Ivorian cocoa exports gather pace

Cocoa exports from major grower Ivory Coast are said to be picking up, but imprecise counting techniques and smuggling brings figures into question, according to reports.

Spanish researchers point to method for healthy cocoa butter alternatives

Healthy hydrogenated trans-free and short chained fatty acid-free solid alternatives to cocoa butter for chocolate production can be produced from sunflower oils enriched in stearic and oleic acids by means...

Concern over sugar consumption driving stevia market, analysts

Sugar consumption is an escalating concern among Australian and UK consumers, and sweeteners with natural credentials are benefiting from this trend, according to a new report from independent business analyst...

Supply worries keep cocoa prices rising

As demand continues to outstrip supply, the world price of cocoa was more than 12 per cent higher at the end of last week compared with a year ago, according...

Radical new twist in Ajinomoto vs Asda 'nasty' battle

The legal dispute between Ajinomoto and Asda over the right to call aspartame 'nasty' has taken a radical new turn following a Court of Appeal judgment effectively overturning last year's...

Stevia tops preferences for low-cal chocolate

Beverages formulated with stevia are preferred by consumers over similar products sweetened with sugar or other common high intensity sweeteners, says new research from Croatia.

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