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Hazardous cocoa child labor climbs 18% in West Africa: ‘Rallying call’ for chocolate industry to step up

The cocoa and chocolate industry acknowledges it must do more to combat cocoa child labor after the number of kids working in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire rises 18%, a report from Tulane University shows.

Cocoa prices to stay high amid election run-up in Côte D’Ivoire, says Rabobank

Financial agri services group Rabobank predicts cocoa futures will remain above $3,000 per metric ton until after Côte D’Ivoire’s October general election.

Cargill must sell German plant to finalize ADM chocolate deal, says European Commission

The European Commission has approved Cargill’s acquisitions of ADM’s chocolate business on the proviso it sells a plant in Manheim, Germany.

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‘They are losing money’: Cocoa grinds stall in developed markets as processors fail to break even

Cocoa grinds in North America have fallen 9% in the second quarter and remain flat in Europe as cocoa processors lose profitability and developed market economies harm chocolate consumption.

Cocoa fermentation with beer yeasts up chocolate quality, say researchers

Yeast species used in the beer, wine and bread industries can also be used in cocoa fermentation to create unique flavors for chocolate confectionery, say Belgian researchers.

Confectionery escapes UK tax calls, but marketing practices probed

The British Medical Association (BMA) is pushing for a tax on sugary drinks rather than confectionery, but has urged voluntary added sugar reduction targets for confectioners and a crackdown on confectionery marketing to children.

Are low-calorie sweeteners helpful for weight loss? The answer may depend on study design…

Lack of media differentiation between different study designs has helped warp public perception of low- and no-calorie sweeteners, according to registered dietitian and diabetes educator Hope Warshaw.

One-third of Germans question stevia's healthiness

Germany is a leading market for stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe – but more education is needed to further boost its usage, according to Mintel.

Barry Callebaut outgrows a global chocolate market rocked by price hikes

Barry Callebaut has outgrown a declining global chocolate confectionery market hurt by a bout of wholesale price increases in its nine-month results.

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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