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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.

Novel fibers may blunt blood sugar spikes

Formulating foods with a novel functional fibers may reduce blood sugar spikes after eating, according to a new study.

Tagging system said to boost cocoa traceability

A new tagging system is said to provide enhanced levels of quality control and transparency in a leading cocoa supplier’s production chain to provide assurance to chocolate product manufacturers about...


High fructose corn syrup: A sugar by any other name

Once upon a time sugar was sugar, and sugar was most definitely not good for you. So the Corn Refiners Association move to rebrand high fructose corn syrup as corn...

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PureCircle announces sugar-stevia deal with Nordzucker

Stevia producer PureCircle has announced its third new European alliance in a week, teaming up with Nordzucker to develop and market stevia-sugar combos.

PureCircle and Tereos target Europe and Brazil for sugar/stevia blends

PureCircle has launched a joint venture with the sugar company Tereos to provide sugar/stevia blends to the European market and gain a stronger international presence through Tereos’ Brazilian facilities.

ADM Cocoa’s expansion reflects Eastern European sales focus

ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) Cocoa has appointed new managers to reflect its expansion and Eastern European sales focus, while an announcement on new European research centres is imminent.

Leading scientists welcome Mars backed cocoa genome breakthrough

A breakthrough in cocoa genetics by a collaboration involving Mars, USDA and IBM will accelerate research into the production of trees that can better resist drought, disease and pests, and...

Hershey's cocoa sourcing held to account

Hershey lags behind its competitors when it comes to purchasing cocoa that has been certified to meet certain labour, social, and environmental standards, argues four non-governmental organisations in a highly...

Cargill looks to tackle child labour in cocoa growing

Cargill said its planned investment of $5m over the next three years in sustainable cocoa initiatives will help address the worst forms of child labour in cocoa growing communities in...

Deal sees Barry Callebaut double existing business with Kraft

Industrial chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has secured a key, long-term supply contract with Kraft Foods, which will see the Swiss firm invest €51m to expand production capacity in North America,...

Heavy rains hit Indonesian cocoa exports

Cocoa bean exports were hit for the first time in four months as heavy rains damaged crops and disrupted transport, according to the Indonesian Cocoa Association.

Maltitol has good digestive tolerance: study

Maltitol is better tolerated then previous reported, and could be used as a sugar replacer in a wide range of food products - according to new research.

Cocoa initiative to boost farmer incomes and supply, claims Kraft

Kraft said work conducted by the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership initiative in Ghana will see more cocoa farmer organisations becoming Fairtrade certified by the end of 2010, to ensure sustainability of...

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.

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