The question of whether vitamin E prevents or promotes cancer has been widely debated; however, new research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research suggests two forms of vitamin E—gamma and delta-tocopherols—found in soybean, canola, corn oils and nuts may help prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers.
Barry Callebaut’s Gourmet brand Callebaut® has taken an important step into the future by launching its ‘Growing Great Chocolate’ campaign that shifts the entire production of the ‘Finest Belgian Chocolate’ to sustainable cocoa as from May 1st , 2012. Since 100 years already, Callebaut® is the preferred partner-chocolate brand for food professionals and craftsmen all over the world. As of today, the chocolate will be made exclusively with sustainable cocoa, which recognizes Callebaut® customers’ requirements for high-quality chocolate that comes with a guarantee of sustainable cultivation. With the ‘Growing Great Chocolate’ campaign Callebaut® invites its customers to discover the fascinating story behind their trusted, high-quality chocolate, starting right at the bean.
In the first three months of 2012, sales increased by 5.6% to CHF 21.4 billion (€17.8bn). Organic growth was 7.2%, composed of 2.8% real internal growth and pricing of 4.4%. Acquisitions net of divestitures, added 3% to sales, whilst foreign exchange had a negative impact of 4.6%.
Mettler Toledo Safeline has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012 in the International Trade category. The leading supplier of metal detection systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical production lines has received the accolade, which is the highest official award for businesses in the UK, for its outstanding export growth over the last three years.
A new study found that sodium levels of menu items from the same fast-food chain can vary depending on its location. This led the researchers to conclude that salt functionality might not be hampering salt-reduction efforts, as industry sometimes claims.
Earlier this week, US exporters sold healthy amounts of corn and soybeans to China, as well as other countries. On April 25, the USDA reported that private exporters sold 420,000 tonnes of corn to unknown destinations, believed to be China, for the 2012-2013 marketing year.
Cargill has opened a new Center of Expertise for cocoa and increased the cocoa powder production capacity at its Wormer facility enabling Cargill to strengthen its ability to offer customers greater product innovation and increased levels of service.
German firm Mühlenchemie has developed a baking enzyme that it claims can increase the shelf life of bread by up to two weeks.
A worldwide shortage of vanilla pods could send prices rocketing this summer. The cost of the spice has remained at approximately $25 per kilo for the last six years, but following poor harvests in India and Mexico and opportunists stockpiling the spice, in the past two months the price has already gone up to $30 per kilo. Experts believe the price is likely to climb further.
Chocolate demand has increased steadily over the years. More and more consumers, especially in emerging countries with a rising middle class, are discovering the sweet side of chocolate. This offers great business opportunities. However, the same stakeholders along the complex and fragmented supply chain from the cocoa bean to the chocolate bar are also facing key challenges. In addition to changing consumer needs and behavior, the industry must cope with economic uncertainties and volatile prices of the respective raw materials and it is confronted with increasing regulation. In the cocoa growing countries, unsustainable agricultural practices and challenging conditions in regard to social and political systems and infrastructure) are also among the issues the industry has to face.