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Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

AAK reaffirms fat reduction pledge

European oils and fats business Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK) has reaffirmed its commitment to help food manufacturers reduce saturated fats in their products with reformulation advice.

Tate & Lyle opens new Chinese facility

Tate and Lyle, which has a £3.1bn turnover, opened its latest polydextrose facility last month in China.

Isoglucose market 'wide open' for EU

Dairy and bakery businesses are expected to benefit from a change in the EU’s sugar policy, which would considerably boost isoglucose production, according to a leading industry analyst.

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Ebola outbreak threatens West African food security with severe inflation and labour shortages: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an appeal for $30m (€23,72m) to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, where long-term impacts on food security are a major concern.

Taste prediction model forms bedrock of Cargill’s stevia technology

Cargill, long a leader in stevia technology, says its taste prediction model forms the foundation of its new stevia technology, called viaTech.

Can stevia chocolate ever be a mainstream retail fixture?

Stevia chocolate is beginning to gain momentum in the US but could take at least a decade to achieve widespread acceptance among mainstream retail, according to stevia chocolate firm Coco Polo

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

Uncertain future for Brazilian cocoa production

Cocoa production in Brazil is expected to fall 15.7% in the next 10 years.

Natural and organic trends drive European food colourings growth

Europe is the fastest growing market for food colourings driven by demand in natural and organic products, according to a new report from Grand View Research.

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Industry cocoa sustainability efforts take center stage at WCF meeting

The chocolate industry’s biggest players will discuss how to move forward on cocoa sustainability at the World Cocoa Foundation’s meeting in Copenhagen next week. ConfectioneryNews will be there to bring you the latest.

Retailers need to up sustainable cocoa game, says BDSI

Supermarkets in Germany cannot neglect their role in bringing about a sustainable cocoa supply chain, says the German confectionery association BDSI.

ADM acquires Wild Flavors GmbH

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has completed its acquisition of Wild Flavors GmbH, the company said on Wednesday.

EFKO grows confectionery fat sales as multinationals make gains in Russia

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has reported sales growth for its confectionery fats division in H1 as multinational confectioners post sales gains in Russia.

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Barry Callebaut ponders India factory

Barry Callebaut is considering establishing manufacturing capacity in India.

One step closer: Hershey ‘goes beyond RSPO’ in fresh palm oil pledge

Hershey has developed a palm oil sourcing policy that it claims goes further than its previous Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) commitment.

Sugar prices to edge upwards for 2014/15, says Rabobank

Raw sugar prices are forecast to rise as much as 7% by Q2 2015, but recent trading suggests prices will come down in the longer term, according to an analyst at Rabobank.

Any objections? Protected geo-indication could be on cards for Ecuadorian 'arriba' cocoa

An application to the European Commission for protected geographical indication (PGI) status for ‘cacao arriba’ from Ecuador is now open for public consultation.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

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