Cocoa Beans

A healthy cocoa pod. © GettyImages/dwart

Cocoa crop losses are 38% and rising - so what can be done?

By Niamh Michail

A staggering 38% of global cocoa is lost each year to disease or pests - and this figure looks set to rise - yet research is scant compared to rice, corn or wheat. Why is this and what is being done to reduce it?

Scenes of the past? Mars claims it has eradicated need for cocoa bean fermentation. Photo credit: Susitainable Cocoa Initiative

Patent Watch

Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

By Oliver Nieburg

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would maintain the final chocolate taste and allow for a more consistent flavor.