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Country of origin labeling for cocoa ‘meaningless’ and would up costs for consumers, says ECA

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) says mandatory origin labeling of cocoa products is pointless and could even lead to a 30% price hike in consumer chocolate prices.  

Chocolate gloom inspires compound coating boom in Asia and Eastern Europe, says Cargill

Cocoa powder demand for use in compound confectionery coatings is rising rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe as rising cocoa butter prices up the cost of chocolate manufacturing.

Barry Callebaut boss to step down after bumper 2014

Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann will resign next year after his company posted revenue and net profit growth in fiscal 2014.

Q3 sales up, profits down as Natra feels cocoa pricing pain

Year-on-year Q3 EBITDA profits dipped 9.2% to €5.73m at Spanish cocoa and chocolate and specialist Natra as ongoing cocoa price hikes hit even as quarter revenues rose 5.2% to €89.93m.

Gender inequality not just social but structural and choc giants must realize this: Oxfam

Confectionery giants Mondelēz International, Nestlé and Mars must do far more to ensure women are not blocked from day-to-day commercial cocoa operations because of issues like land rights, according to a report commissioned by Oxfam.

Mondelēz eyes premium Asian exports with largest R&D center in Australia

Mondelēz International has officially opened its Asia-Pacific Chocolate and Confectionery Center of Excellence in Australia, creating a base for the largest food R&D team in the country, according to local government. 

Tate & Lyle backs fibre to battle Asian bulge

Tate & Lyle used the recent Food Ingredients-Asia trade event in Jakarta as a springboard for its mounting ambitions in the country of 250 million people as well as other parts of Asia. Fibre and low-calorie sweeteners for weight control were a big part of its offer.

Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but the same effect may not be true in chocolate.

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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.

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