Daily Archives: June 7, 2013

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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Monsanto details its investigation into bioengineered wheat

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Monsanto officials, during a June 5 conference call with reporters, provided an update on information gleaned from the company’s inquiry into the discovery of volunteer glyphosate-resistant wheat growing on an Oregon farm. Monsanto was very much at the center of the controversy, because it was its Roundup Ready event that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed was present in wheat samples taken from the farm. Monsanto had field tested Roundup Ready wheat in Oregon and several other states from 1998 through 2005 but discontinued that program in 2005 when the company determined the market was not yet ready to accept a bioengineered wheat.

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FAO Cereal Supply and Demand Brief

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The Cereal Supply and Demand Brief provides an up-to-date perspective of the world cereal market. The monthly brief is supplemented by a detailed assessment of cereal production as well as supply and demand conditions by country/region in the quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation. More in-depth analyses of world markets for cereals, as well as other major food commodities, are published biannually in Food Outlook.

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Nestle, Mars accused of price fixing

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Confectionery giants Nestle and Mars have been charged by Canada’s Competition Bureau for alleged criminal conspiracy to fix the prices of chocolate products in the country. The Bureau said a five-year inquiry uncovered evidence suggesting the two companies “conspired, agreed or arranged” to fix prices of chocolate products. The charges also include ITWAL, a network of independent wholesale distributors.

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Cargill extends range of certified sustainable cocoa products in North America

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Cargill is increasing the range and availability of its certified sustainable cocoa and chocolate products for customers in North America. The products are the latest addition to the company’s sustainable cocoa product portfolio as part of its commitment to supporting sustainable cocoa and chocolate, backed by the Cargill Cocoa Promise.

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Cocoa genome to help speed production

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A paper published in Genome Biology has revealed the freshly sequenced genome of the most commonly cultivated cacao plant in the world. Researchers have utilised high quality DNA sequences to demonstrate the usefulness and quality of the sequence to identify genetic markers that can lead to higher yielding cocoa plants that still produce better tasting cocoa.

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