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Cargill given green light on KVB cocoa merger

Cargill’s takeover of Schwartauer KVB has been cleared by the European Commission, giving the US giant the green light to phase in the operations of the German semi-finished cocoa supplier....

Roquette says EFSA sweetener opinions apply to fibre too

French supplier Roquette says recent positive health claim opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) linking sugar replacers with dental health, are applicable to soluble fibres.

Callebaut bids to boost viability of Malaysian cocoa

Barry Callebaut, in a bid to meet its strategic need to diversify its cocoa origin and boost the viability of cocoa production in Malaysia, has announced a new research programme.

Callebaut takes delivery of first UTZ certified cocoa from Ghana

Another milestone has been achieved in the UTZ certified sustainable cocoa programme, with the first-ever shipment of cocoa beans from Ghana that meets that standard’s economic, environmental and social criteria....

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Tate & Lyle sells Vietnamese sugar business

Tate & Lyle announced today that it has agreed to sell its Vietnamese sugar business in a cash deal worth £33m subject to regulatory approval.

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ADM Cocoa opens technical centre in Germany

ADM Cocoa has opened a new technical centre in Germany, where its customers can go to experiment with flavour, mouthfeel and shelf-life of their chocolate-containing products.

Callebaut leverages US growth with cocoa pilot testing site

Leading industrial chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has opened its first cocoa pilot plant in North America, a move that follows its reported objective to grow its chocolate volume sales by...

Cocoa sector hails resolution and end of EU ban on Ivorian trade

The food industry and cocoa traders have welcomed the EU decision to lift sanctions on the Ivory Coast ports and other Ivorian entities following an end to the crisis in...

USDA increases sugar import quota

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Monday that it will increase sugar imports by 325,000 short tons in fiscal 2011 – a move that has been welcomed by sweetener users.

Sustainability of West African cocoa growing questioned

Cocoa farming has been a contributor to deforestation and degradation in West Africa due to limited fertilizer use as well as outdated crop husbandry methods, claim two research groups in...

Sugar policy reform bills attract industry support

Sugar policy reform is back on the US legislative agenda, as two new bills that aim to end the sugar price support program have attracted broad food industry support.

Hope for cocoa exports rises with end in sight for Ivorian crisis, analyst

Fears that almost 500,000 tonnes of cocoa beans stored in warehouses in the Ivory Coast would deteriorate are now subsiding with the perception that a political resolution is imminent in...

Emerging markets drive record Barry Callebaut half year net profits

Strong performance in emerging markets and a strategic focus on customer segmentation rather than individual products have driven Barry Callebaut to record half year profits.

Sufficient cocoa on the market although possible concerns over damaged stocks, ICCO

There is still sufficient cocoa available on the market, despite political turmoil in the Ivory Coast situation, the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) said yesterday, although there are concerns over cocoa...

Ghana - Liberia venture unlikely to have major impact on cocoa industry, Euromonitor

The recent Ghana-Liberia agriculture pact is unlikely to have a major impact on the global cocoa industry; whereas Nigeria is a region to watch, according to Euromonitor.

EC sugar measures for next year 'premature', says industry

EU food industry representatives have termed ‘premature’ the proposal by the European Commission (EC) to allow 650,000 tonnes of out of quota sugar exports from October.

Puratos invests in origin chocolate in Brazil

Puratos has boosted production with the acquisition of a majority share in Floresta do Rio Doce, the first origin cocoa factory in Brazil.

Alkaline processing reduces cocoa's flavanol content, study

Alkali processing causes a loss of up to 98 per cent on epicatechin in the final chocolate based product, claims Hershey company based scientists evaluating the effect of conventional production...

ADM shuts down Ivorian cocoa processing plant

Leading cocoa processor and exporter, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), said it has suspended cocoa plant operations in the Ivory Coast and is shifting production elsewhere, due to heightened political tensions...

Nutrigenomics shows blood pressure benefits of cocoa

The potential of polyphenol compounds in cocoa to reduce blood pressure is related to genotype, suggests a new nutrigenomic study that deepens our understanding of the cardiovascular benefits of cocoa.

Let up in sugar and cocoa commodity commotion unlikely, analyst

As the market and industry weighs the impact of turmoil in Ivory Coast on cocoa supply and tightness in sugar trade continues, we talk to Rabobank analyst Keith Flury to...

Court overturns order to destroy GM sugar beets

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has overturned a previous ruling to destroy genetically modified (GM) sugar beets, ruling in favor of Monsanto and the US Department of Agriculture...

Emerging markets and sugar prices drive sucralose takeup, JK Sucralose

The market for the sweetener sucralose is poised for growth, with global production expected to top 15,000 tonnes by 2018, according to the world’s second largest sucralose producer.

Commission introduces measures to ease EU sugar deficit

A European Commission initiative to release 500,000 tonnes of out of quota sugar onto the EU market has been backed by member states in the EU sugar management committee today.

First certified Vietnamese beans delivery is milestone for cocoa development in the region says Cargill

The delivery of Cargill’s first UTZ Certified beans from Vietnam marks an important milestone for the company in its bid to establish the region as a new origin country for...

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