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Certification to assure soy-free sunflower lecithin

Cert ID Europe has introduced a certification programme to confirm that sunflower lecithin does not contain traces of soy.

Cocoa futures denominated in euros provides ease of access, says CME Group

CME Group has launched the first euro-denominated cocoa futures contract, which it claims provides improved hedging mechanisms that better reflect the physical cocoa market.

Big Tobacco eyes caffeine growth with oral strips

The launch of oral caffeine strip Reon sees cigarette-making giant Imperial Tobacco diversifying its market attentions and targeting on-the-go urban professionals.

Personality of the Year spills the jelly beans

‘There’s no typical day in R&D’: How the barf flavored jelly bean was created by accident

ConfectioneryNews Personality of the Year, Jelly Belly's R&D manager Ambrose Lee, talks flavor development.

Barry Callebaut grows above chocolate confectionery market in Q1

Leading cocoa processor Barry Callebaut has reported volume growth ahead of the global chocolate confectionery market in its first quarter.

Q4 cocoa grind analysis

Recoiling at chocolate price hikes? Cocoa grind slumps in developed markets

Weak fourth quarter cocoa grinds in developed markets suggest that consumers have reacted negatively to wholesale chocolate price hikes from the major brands, according to an analyst.

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Going green, organic and natural: ConfectioneryNews readies for ISM and ProSweets 2015

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from ISM and ProSweets 2015 next month in Cologne where the organizers anticipate growing interest in organic products, natural ingredients and sustainable packaging.

Intense sweeteners have no proven nutritional value, says French authority

Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has concluded. 

Potential for mango butter emulsion gels in chocolate, say researchers

Mango butter can be added to chocolate as a water-in-oil emulsion type gel, which will reduce the brittleness and improve the mouthfeel of the finished product.

50 mins of fresh: Perfetti Van Melle develops chewing gum for lasting cooling

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has filed a patent for a process to produce chewing gum that imparts a long-lasting cooling sensation.

Brands lead on sustainable cocoa goals, Cargill and Barry Callebaut suggest

The leading cocoa processors say they will support brand manufacturers to achieve fully sustainable cocoa, but decline to publicly set their own targets.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

BARRY CALLEBAUT WORKS WITH PRINCETON UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS

Charlie and the Chocolate House! Study probes potential as building material

Chocolate may have a compressive strength-to-weight ratio 24 times less than concrete but that hasn’t stopped US scientists probing its potential as a building material and even building a ‘chocolate pavilion’.

Cocoa processing still a ‘three horse race’ after Olam’s ADM Cocoa buy: Analyst

Olam’s $1.3bn deal to acquire ADM Cocoa is likely to have little impact on the price of cocoa ingredients for chocolate makers because grinding capacity is still concentrated with three players.

News in brief

Olam International strikes 'transformational' deal to acquire ADM's global cocoa business for $1.3bn

ADM has struck a deal to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International Limited for $1.3bn.

Cargill opens $100m Indonesian cocoa plant

Cargill has opened its first cocoa processing facility in Asia in the East Java region of Indonesia.

‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under scrutiny.

Patent Watch

Perfetti Van Melle files patent for ‘satin effect’ gum coating

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has developed a method to control the surface roughness of chewing gum pieces, which can be altered by migrating particles from powdered fillings.

Food Empowerment Project urges transparency on child slavery

West Africa boycott needed for slave-free chocolate, says consumer group

The Food Empowerment Project has called on US chocolate makers to list cocoa country of origin on pack so consumers can avoid brands that use cocoa from West Africa, where it claims unlawful child labor is common.

United Cacao plots world’s largest cocoa plantation

United Cacao has listed on the London Stock Exchange to set up the world’s largest commercial cocoa plantation in Peru and promises fermentation to buyers’ standards.

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