Daily Archives: November 9, 2013

Vote on labeling modified food spurs costly battle in Washington state

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A ballot measure in next week’s election will give voters here the chance to make Washington the first state to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. But the question of whether to put a few words on a package has touched off a surprisingly high-stakes, big-dollar fight with potential implications for other states.

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Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam wins International Cocoa Award

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At the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam has won an International Cocoa Award for best cocoa in the Asia-Pacific region. The International Cocoa Award, which is part of the ‘Cocoa of Excellence” programme, aims to celebrate the flavour diversity of cocoas all over the world and to recognise overall excellence in cocoa processing and quality. The International… Read more »

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Winners of 2013 Top Truffle Artistry Award announced by Chocolate Salon

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The International Chocolate Salon has announced the winners of its 2013 Top Truffle Artistry Competition. Twelve judges representing a mix of editors, including Candy Industry’s Bernie Pacyniak, authors and topic experts each sampled an array of truffles and then voted for their favorites in a variety of categories, including: best ingredient combinations, best use of color and best truffle, and… Read more »

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FAO Cereal supply and demand brief – november 2013

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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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U.S.D.A. raises 2014 wheat carryover 4 million bus

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Nov. 8 forecast the U.S. carryover of wheat on June 1, 2014, at 565 million bus, up 4 million bus from the September projection but down 153 million bus, or 21%, from 718 million bus in 2013. The forecast was above the average of pre-report trade estimates at about 527 million bus.

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Strategy for sustainable vanilla

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Building on its recent association with Soarary of Madagascar, Virginia Dare and its new partner have announced a new dual strategy to improve the sustainability of Madagascar’s vanilla market. A primary objective is to enable farmers to properly cure their own green, or raw, vanilla so that they can earn the much-needed extra revenue associated with this value added activity…. Read more »

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Sourdough library launched

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Puratos has opened a Sourdough Library with a unique collection of traditional sourdoughs. The inauguration of the Sourdough Library took place at the Puratos Center for Bread Flavour in Saint-Vith, Belgium. The library aims to preserve sourdough biodiversity and sourdough baking knowledge. It is home to a unique collection of sourdoughs from bakers across the globe. Eric Kayser, master artisan… Read more »

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U.S. trans fat proposal challenges bakers

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The U.S. baking industry will need to make the most of a 60-day comment period concerning a Nov. 8 Federal Register notice in which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks to remove artificial trans fats from processed foods, said Theresa Cogswell, president of Baker Cogs, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, U.S., and a consultant to the American Bakers Association, Washington, D.C., U.S.

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