Cocoa polyphenols may offer diabetes benefits - study
Dietary supplementation with cacao liquor proanthocyanidins (CLPr)
reduced blood glucose levels in obese diabetic mice, and may offer
human diabetics significant benefits, says a new study from Japan.
Roquette sweetens low-sugar market with soluble fibre range
Helping confectioners target the health trend, French ingredients
firm Roquette has developed a new soluble fibre range suitable for
use in low-sugar, low-calorie jellies and gums.
Sugar crops improve after hurricane losses
Sugar production in Florida increased during the last crop year,
reaching "more normal" production levels after significant
losses during the string of hurricanes in recent years.
David Michael pushes cocoa extenders as shortage looms
The anticipated drop in cocoa production this year has prompted US
flavor firm David Michael to renew a marketing push for its line of
cocoa extenders, which claim to help manufacturers cut costs.
Should cocoa flavanol be classed as a 'vitamin'?
Epicatechin, a flavanol found in cocoa, tea and wine, could be so
important to the diet that it should be classified as a vitamin,
says a Harvard researcher.
Gloomy cocoa forecast as bad weather hits supply
The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) has published its first
cocoa forecast for 2006/07 in which global supply is expected to
Cocoa may reverse blood vessel damage, study
Smokers should be encouraged to indulge their sweet tooth, judging
from the results of a new study into how daily consumption of a
specially-prepared cocoa beverage benefits blood vessel function.
ABF sugar operations sweeten sales
Sugar producer Associated British Foods (ABF) has announced a
strong performance from its operations overseas which have helped
to offset rocky trading in the UK market.
Industry unites to aid cocoa growers
Members of the World Cocoa Foundation have extended their five-year
plan to help 150,000 cocoa farming families in Ghana and the Ivory
Coast – protecting the supply chain and ensuring ethical practices
are in place.
Danisco welcomes EU sugar quota cut
Danisco has welcomed the EC's decision to introduce a temporary
sugar quota reduction as a "necessary step to restore the
balance on the market".
Flavanol-rich cocoa for brain health, say experts
Flavanol-rich chocolate may boost blood flow in the brain and
reduce the risk of dementia, experts have told attendees at the
annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement of
Tate & Lyle sells Canadian sugar business
Tate & Lyle's agreement to the sale of its Canadian sugar
refining business represents another move away from the commodity
end of the market.
Barry Callebaut boosts Ghana cocoa production
Major Swiss cocoa processor Barry Callebaut has expanded operations
at a factory in Ghana - doubling the facility's bean processing
Royal Cosun announces indicative 2006 sugar beet price
Dutch firm Royal Cosun has announced an indicative sugar beet price
of €48.25 per tonne of quota beet from the 2006 campaign.
Test aids sugarcane extraction
A new test has been developed to aid sugar processors in the
difficult task of extracting the substance from raw sugarcane.