Daily Archives: January 17, 2014

Food companies, advocacy groups urge G.M.O. labels

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Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon held a press conference Jan. 16 to highlight a letter to President Obama advocating the inclusion of labeling that identifies food products that are bioengineered. The letter was signed by more than 200 food-safety groups, environmental organizations and food companies with reputations for including natural ingredients, such as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Stonyfield Farm,… Read more »

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The world’s first ever KitKat boutique opens in Japan

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One of Nestlé’s ‘billionaire’ brands, KitKat, is launching its first boutique, in Japan.

The KitKat “Chocolatory” store will be located within the Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district and will stock exclusive varieties of the chocolate bar created in collaboration with Japanese chocolatier Takagi.

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Scientists discover way to authenticate purity of cacao beans

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In the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists from the US Government’s Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory report a method to authenticate the varietal purity and origin of cacao beans, the source of chocolate’s main ingredient, cocoa.

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World food prices stay high, but steady

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The FAO Food Price Index averaged 206.7 points in December, nearly unchanged from the previous month, with a sharp increase in dairy prices and high meat values balancing out a steep decline in sugar quotations and lower cereal and oil prices.

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Online confectionery sales soar

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The record level of online sales over the holiday season has highlighted the fact that many consumers prefer to order their sweets, snacks and various other Christmas goodies online, rather than in-store.

Retailers that have invested in their websites and improved their delivery times have been the most popular among customers. According to retail guru and mobile payment entrepreneur Dan Wagner, main street retailers need to leverage online-style technologies in a converged multichannel model to survive.

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Mondelez International achieves 100 percent palm oil sustainability milestone two years early

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Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) announced today that it achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) coverage for 100 percent of the palm oil it bought in 2013. This is two years ahead of the company’s existing commitment to cover all requirements by 2015 through a combination of RSPO-certified oil and Greenpalm certificates that support sustainable production.

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