Daily Archives: September 21, 2012

Chocolates Turin and Barry Callebaut announce the grand opening of the first Chocolate Academy in Mexico City

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Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products and Chocolates Turin, a leading Mexican Group operating since 1928, announced today the opening of the first Chocolate Academy in Mexico. It is Barry Callebaut’s 14th Chocolate Academy in the world. The Chocolate Academy located in Mexico City is a teaching and training facility for professionals at all levels interested in strengthening their skills in working with chocolate, and learning about new techniques, trends and recipes dedicated to the Mexican market. During the opening cocktail of the Chocolate Academy in Mexico, representatives of the top management of both Barry Callebaut and Grupo Turin attended, together with entrepreneurs and other important personalities from the local chocolate sector.

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Divine announces mission to find two ‘Chocolateers’

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A special highlight of Divine’s Chocolate Week activity this year is the launch of its mission to find two Divine ‘Chocolateers’. We’re on the hunt for two chocolate lovers who will be trained by our in-house chocolate expert and who will join him to become the Three Divine Chocolateers! The two winning entrants will be equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to become fully-fledged chocolate specialists, and have the opportunity to host their own Divine chocolate demonstrations and workshops.

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Examining the complexity of keeping food supply safe

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Food-safety audits and inspections are a key component of the nation’s food-safety system for both domestic and imported foodstuffs; however, recent failures in ensuring food safety bring into question the effectiveness of solely using audits as the only preventative measure, according to a new paper published in the journal Food Control.

Lead researcher Doug Powell, a food-safety expert at Kansas State University, contends there may be a disconnect between what consumers think food auditors are doing to ensure a safe food supply and what they actually are doing.

“Food auditors provide a snapshot of production practices. However, buyers often believe auditors are performing a full verification of every product and process of food production,” he said.

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Sweet taste of success

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The Jelly Bean Factory has opened a new confectionery manufacturing facility in Dublin. The state of the art production line will create 25 new jobs and nearly double the company’s manufacturing footprint from 55,000 sq ft to over 90,000 sq ft The facility will produce a new range of gourmet Belgian chocolate coated jelly beans.

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France orders probe after rat study links GM corn, cancer

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France’s government on Wednesday asked a health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU suspension of a genetically-modified corn, after a study in rats linked the grain to cancer.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, Ecology Minister Delphine Batho and Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine said they had asked the National Agency for Health Safety (ANSES) to investigate the finding.

“Depending on ANSES’ opinion, the government will urge the European authorities to take all necessary measures to protect human and animal health,” they said in a joint statement.

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How to fight a food crisis

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The drought that descended on the United States this summer will translate into higher prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inevitability of this scenario introduces an old question that has become new: When weather strikes, what can curb food inflation?

Recent suggestions cover a wide range of complicated approaches, from GPS-guided drip irrigation techniques to genetically engineered crops and from new federal biofuel standards to new farm insurance programs to new commodity-markets regulations. How ironic that the oldest agricultural technology of them all may provide the simplest and most timely solution.

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Departures names world’s top 10 bakeries

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Six of the world’s top 10 bakeries, as named by Departures magazine, are located in the United States.

Departures, the American Express travel magazine, has unveiled the top 10 bakeries in the world, and six of them are located in the United States.

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