Daily Archives: October 24, 2014

US chocolate demand strong despite rising cocoa prices

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Jacques Torres is betting Americans simply cannot kick their chocolate habit even after the price of cocoa surged to the highest in three years. Torres, a former pastry chef who calls himself Mr Chocolate, spent more than US$3 million on a Brooklyn confectionary-making plant last year and doubled his eponymous shops in New York to eight from four, with seven… Read more »

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Confectionery Companies Step Up In Fight Against Ebola

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Some of the world’s largest confectionery companies have joined the fight against the Ebola virus spreading in West Africa. At the urging of the World Cocoa Foundation, donations have been made by Nestlé, Hershey, Mars, Godiva, Ghirardelli, General Mills and Mondelez International. Money will be distributed to such aid organizations as the International Federation of Red Cross, the Red Crescent Societies and Caritas, a charity with ties to the Catholic Church.

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Italian dessert ‘Bethlehem bread’ to debut

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Alongside Italy’s traditional cakes ‘panettone’ and ‘colomba’, the Bread of Bethlehem will soon debut. This cake will vie to become a gastronomical specialty of the Christian Palestinian city visited each year by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims crowding the Church of the Nativity. This cake is Italian as it was created by Cesare Lazzini, a patissier from the Tuscan town… Read more »

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Dough donuts rise above the rest

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When Fany Gerson, 38, opened Dough bakery four years ago on a quiet corner off Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Franklin Ave., she didn’t anticipate the fervor that would greet her doughnuts. “It was out of the way. People thought we were crazy,” she recalls. Then she started getting calls from Dubai and Japan. “We were like, ‘Whoah, we’re just a little shop.’ ”… Read more »

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Russian Problems Could Boost Wheat Market

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This week’s Grain Farmers of Ontario market commentary has some potentially good news for the wheat market. Analyst Marty Hibbs says Russia’s autumn-sown grains crops are in even worse condition than in 2009.

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