Daily Archives: January 3, 2014

Barry Callebaut presents its new chocolate and cocoa innovations at ISM 2014

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Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, will be present at the upcoming ISM trade exhibition in Cologne, Germany from January 26 to January 29, 2014 (Hall 10.2 – Booth C010-D019).

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FDA has no objection to use of new stevia sweetener

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PureCircle has received a letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration for the use of Rebaudioside M as a general purpose sweetener for foods and beverages in the United States, the company said Dec. 30. Reb M (also known as Reb X) has a closer taste to table sugar than previous stevia ingredients, which allows for deeper calorie reductions in food and beverage products, according to PureCircle.

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Debating the future of food production and consumption

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Eivind Djupedal, a Cargill managing director and vice president, attended a two-day food security conference held this week at Chatham House in London entitled “Food Futures — Towards Sustainable Production and Consumption.” Chatham House is the home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, whose mission is to lead independent analysis and informed debate on a wide range of issues. Discussion at Chatham House is regulated by its own famous rule: while the topics can be reported on, neither the identity nor the affiliation of any speaker or participant can be attributed. This results in particularly frank and honest in-room dialogue.

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The new wheat behind whole grain white bread

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A new wheat variety may have cracked the code to marry the fluffiness of white bread with whole grain nutrition.

For a long time, American bread makers have been in a bind. Many consumers like the texture and taste of white bread, but want the nutritional benefits of whole grains.

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Why we should eliminate the “B word” from sustainability conversations

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At first blush, it certainly sounds like a good word, a warm and fuzzy word. A word that surely belongs hand-in-hand with the many R words we use in sustainability conversations. It’s a word that conveys a sense of closing nature’s loop and returning materials right back into the bosom of mother earth. But the B word—”biodegradable”—has no place in modern sustainability conversations. It’s outdated. Maybe it used to be the holy grail of the quest to make materials more sustainable, but we’ve gotten smarter. We’ve learned. It’s now time for our lexicon to reflect how much we know, and it’s time for us to use our modern understanding of sustainability to have meaningful conversations—conversations that don’t include yesterday’s buzzwords. So, thanks, B word, we’ve learned a lot from talking about you, but it’s time for us to part ways.

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Annual International Grains Conference

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The 4th Annual International Grains Conference is planned Feb. 10-11 in New Delhi, India.

A lineup of speakers from India and around the world will share their expertise and look to the year ahead. In the price outlook session, experts will forecast prices for a range of commodities including wheat, pulses, oilseeds and sugar.

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