Monthly Archives: June 2013

Farmers in Nigeria receive Kokodola chocolate and first premiums for sustainable chocolate

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Leading cocoa industry players Ferrero, Petra Foods Limited and Continaf have handed out UTZ premiums to Nigerian farmers participating in the Cocoa Productivity and Quality Program, a public private partnership between IDH, Oxfam Novib, Continaf, Ferrero, Petra Foods Limited and Farmers’ Development Union (FADU) in Nigeria.

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FDA releases strategic plan in effort to modernize Food Safety

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More readily identifying food-safety hazards and influencing consumers to make healthier choices in their diet are among five strategic goals the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified under a plan that is intended to protect public health and modernize the country’s food-safety system.

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates its first CHOCOLATE ACADEMY center in South America

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Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, announces the opening of its first CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in South America, the 15th center worldwide. Located at Paulista Avenue in São Paulo, the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center is a state-of-the-art teaching and training facility for culinary professionals at all levels interested in strengthening their skills in working with chocolate and learning about new techniques, trends and recipes dedicated to the Brazilian market.

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CDC says trans fat reduction efforts slowed over time

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Research published in CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease suggests manufacturer reduction of trans fatty acids (TFAs) has slowed over time, and progress varies by food type and parent company. Because consuming TFA is harmful even at low levels, researchers urge manufacturers to renew efforts to discontinue or reformulate products containing TFA or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVOs).

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Hershey to open Chocolate World in Las Vegas

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The retail experience of Hershey’s brand is set to open on the famed Las Vegas Strip this winter. The two-story store will boast an immersive shopping experience filled with the brands guests love: Hershey’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Ice Breakers, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers and more.

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Chocolate production process

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Chocolate is a universal food product consumed by millions of people every day. Nevertheless, the majority of consumers are not familiar with its production process. We invite you to watch the following video at Natra website, which summarizes the intricate, century-old manufacturing process, from the cacao seeds to liquid chocolate. Watch the video here

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