Cocoa & Sugar

Sales of cocoa beans have fallen in Cote d'Ivoire. Pic: CN

Cocoa

Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa exports plummet as COVID and LID disrupt market

By Anthony Myers

Sales of Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa crop are the worst in decades, industry sources say, as COVID-19 drives down global demand for chocolate and the controversial Living Income Differential (LID) increases the price of its, and neighbouring Ghana’s, cocoa...

Flavanols in cocoa drinks can boost brain power, scientists have revealed. Pic: GettyImages

Research

Drinking cocoa can make you smarter, say scientists

By Anthony Myers

New study, published in Scientific Reports, is the first to recognize the cognitive effects of flavanols in young, healthy participants and the link with brain activity.