Daily Archives: November 11, 2017

Castronovo Chocolate wins at International Chocolate Awards

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Castronovo Chocolate’s Signature Collection Nicalizo, Nicaragua 70% has won a bronze award in the Micro-batch – Plain/Origin Dark Chocolate Bars category at the World Finals from the International Chocolate Awards. The winners, selected from more than 800 entries, were announced Oct. 14 in London. This is the third award for the Nicalizo bar. Earlier this year, the bar was awarded Silver in… Read more »

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Starbucks Is Set To Open Italian Bakeries In The U.S.

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Can you smell the fresh focaccia already? Starbucks is your go-to for PSLs and breakfast sandwiches, but soon you’ll also be able to get more than 100 Italian baked goods—including fresh focaccia sandwiches—made in-house at the Reserve Roastery in Seattle this week. The Italian baked goods will come from a new partnership with Princi, a small chain of seven “boutique… Read more »

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How flawed science helped turn chocolate into a health food

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A small and preliminary study was hyped to claim that chocolate fights Alzheimer’s. Have you heard? Dark chocolate will do everything from boost your cognition to reduce your cardiovascular disease risk and even help you lose weight! Or so the chocolate science hype machine will tell you. Several months ago, we got to wondering how chocolate candy had earned such… Read more »

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FAO Food Price Index edges down in October

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» The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged 176.4 points in October 2017, down 2.2 points (1.3 percent) from September. Although at this level the FFPI was up 4 points (2.5 percent) from its value in October 2016, it remained 27 percent below its all-time high (in nominal terms) of 240 points registered in February 2011. With the exception of… Read more »

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Cocoa Of Excellence: Celebrating The Farmers Behind Chocolate

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“Without cocoa, there is no chocolate,” says Brigitte Laliberté, the coordinator of the Global Network for Cacao Genetic Resources and the Cocoa of Excellence Programme (CoEx). “It’s as simple as this. Everything starts from there.” She’s right, yet every award honoring chocolate focuses on the end maker, not farmers. The celebrated outlier is the International Cocoa Awards (ICA), an event… Read more »

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What’s the real cost of chocolate?

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Chocolate is the “food of the gods,” a sweet treat for many across the world, and a booming industry worth an estimated $110 billion a year. But as we unwrap a favorite bar or tuck into a truffle, how many of us take the time to think about where it came from, and who helped in its transformation from the… Read more »

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Lallemand introduces Instaferm VitaD premixes

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Lallemand is introducing a new range of Instaferm VitaD premixes, which are simple blends composed of dried VitaD yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and wheat flour for inclusion in bread, rolls and fine bakery products. There are new nutrition labelling regulations in Canada and the U.S. With the increase in the daily value for vitamin D to 800 IU (20 mcg) and… Read more »

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Fillings for Baked Goods Are Getting Creative

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In the age of the health-conscious consumer who also seeks the complete experience of innovative flavors, ingredients for filling and topping baked goods are getting creative. We have investigated the science, trends and processes related to the development and use of fillings in baking, with help from experts at Zeelandia, a company with a large portfolio of fillings for viennoisserie,… Read more »

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From cocoa to chocolate in an entertaining and didactic way

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The children’s vacations are over and the school year has already started. Now, time to study! But before returning to school, many have had the privilege of learning about cocoa and Venezuelan chocolate in an entertaining and didactic way, as it took place at the vacation plan offered by the Chacaomarket in Miranda state. There, about 18 children in the… Read more »

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