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Barry Callebaut expands Americas HQ in Chicago

Barry Callebaut has completed an expansion of its Region Americas head office in Chicago and has added a new applications laboratory to simulate a full-scale manufacturing plant.

Fructose could lead to lower brain reward than glucose

Fructose may lead to overeating by creating fewer reward signals in the brain, suggests a small pilot study published in PLOS ONE.

Could plum be the new color of confectionery?

Supplier Sunsweet claims its plum ingredients could present a pathway to cleaner labels as safety concerns over caramel colors prompt confectionery manufacturers to look explore alternatives.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

FDA revokes GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils; allows food industry to file petition to permit specific uses

As widely expected, the FDA has finalized plans to revoke the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats from the US food supply. However, it says manufacturers may petition the agency to permit specific uses of PHOs.

Milk constituents, not just flavonoids, in chocolate could explain link with lower heart disease, stroke risk, study finds

Dark chocolate often steals the spotlight for health claims, but new research suggests milk chocolate, which is sweeter, fattier and more popular, could offer the same benefits in high doses.

Chocolate makers poised for acquisition spree to control volatile commodities – Euromonitor

Euromonitor International expects more chocolate makers will take vertical control of their supply chains by acquiring commodity suppliers as prices continue to climb.

Commission clears Olam’s ADM cocoa business buy

The European Commission has given the green light for Olam to acquire ADM’s cocoa operations.

Barry Callebaut appoints Unilever food boss as next CEO

Leading chocolate ingredients supplier Barry Callebaut has announced the current president of Unilever Foods Antoine de Saint-Affrique will become its next CEO.

Barry Callebaut acquires American Almond amid record-high commodity prices

Barry Callebaut has acquired nut producer American Almond Products Co., soon after almond prices reached all-time highs in May.

Chocolate makers accused of leveraging 'loophole' on child slavery

The National Confectioners Association has hit back at U.S. senators it says mischaracterized the chocolate industry’s efforts on preventing labor rights abuses on cocoa farms in West Africa. But some Fair Trade chocolate companies say industry is being disingenuous.  

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Mock choc study highlights peer review pitfalls

It’s no secret the peer review system that is supposed to subject academic research to rigorous scrutiny before publication is not perfect, but a [mock] German professor has revealed just how much of a joke it often is.

Natural colors move costly and complex, say Just Born and Gimbal’s

Two family-owned U.S. candy firms say a switch from artificial to natural colors and flavors is financially risky and claim many technical difficulties still exist.

Cocoa disease threat triggers Brazilian ban on green coffee imports from Peru

A major sanitary threat to Brazil’s cocoa crop has prompted Brazilian authorities to suspend green (arabica) coffee imports from Peru indefinitely.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Brain boost and beauty gummies could enter mass-market, claims Hunziker

Gummies fortified with collagen peptide or magnesium could be money-spinners outside niche drugstore channels, says Swiss functional confectionery producer Hunziker.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Probiotics more stable in chocolate than pills, says Milsing

Chocolate is a more effective delivery system than capsules and tablets for probiotics and could be an attractive alternative for consumers, according to Croatian supplement firm Milsing.

Confidence in Brazilian biscuit market could crumble

Brazilian biscuit makers are set for a tough year in light of planned energy price hikes and a sharp currency depreciation, warns Brazil's Association of Biscuit, Pasta, Industrial Bread and Cake Industries (ABIMAPI).

Nut enough: Ferrero goes to Serbia for more hazelnuts

Italy’s confectionery major Ferrero has purchased almost 700 hectares of fertile agricultural land controlled by Serbian agricultural company Aleksa Santic for €7.95m ($8.64m).

Nestlé files all-natural heat resistant chocolate patent

Nestlé has filed a patent for heat-resistant chocolate made by adding fibre from sources such as wheat or citrus fruits.

Nestlé files patent for cocoa extract allergy treatment

Nestlé has filed an international patent for cocoa polyphenols as a treatment or prevention of eosinophilic esophagitis – an allergic reaction of the esophagus.

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