Daily Archives: July 20, 2019

Emerging Technologies Put to the Proof

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The principles of proofing, as an essential step in bread making, have largely remained unchanged for thousands of years. But while the processes and chemical reactions remain the same, the technology behind them has constantly evolved. R&D efforts have continually been driven by the quest to streamline the process, to adapt it to unusual ingredients and innovative formulations, and to cut… Read more »

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Nestle to Track Food Via Blockchain

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It seems like every day another major corporation is finding new use cases for blockchain technology. And investors, intrigued by the industry’s tremendous growth potential, are pouring capital into blockchain start-ups. The following developments help to illuminate both of these global trends. Nestle wants you to know where your food comes from Food titan Nestle (NASDAQOTH: NSRGY) announced a partnership… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut continues to benefit from outsourcing chocolate production trend

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Manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, the Barry Callebaut Group, has posted an acceleration in sales volumes for the first nine months of fiscal year 2018/19 (ended May 31, 2019). The Swiss giant grew its overall sales volume by 5 percent (+10.6 percent in Q3) to 1,589,181 tons. Sales volume in the chocolate business grew by 5.9 percent, well… Read more »

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Nestle creates new chocolate with no added sugar

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Nestle SA has found a way to create chocolate without adding any sugar, relying on leftover material from cocoa plants for sweetening as consumers look for natural and healthier fare. The food company is using a patented technique to turn the white pulp that covers cocoa beans into a powder that naturally contains sugar. This fall in Japan, Nestle will… Read more »

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Manipulating plant mitochondrial DNA could boost crop diversity, promote food security

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Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply. Nuclear DNA was first edited in the early 1970s, chloroplast DNA was first edited in 1988, and animal mitochondrial DNA was edited in 2008. However, no tool previously successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA. Researchers used their technique to create… Read more »

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Industry doubts remain over Ivory Coast, Ghana cocoa floor price

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Ivory Coast and Ghana – the world’s leading cocoa producers – failed on Wednesday to come to an agreement with the chocolate industry over how to introduce a new floor price for their exports. The West African neighbors said last month they would fix a minimum price of $2,600 per tonne (free-on-board) that chocolate companies must pay from the 2020/21… Read more »

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Pizza trends to watch

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Middle Eastern cuisines are on the rise on restaurant menus, and emerging foods and flavors include za’atar and zhoug, according to foodservice trend experts Nancy Kruse, president of The Kruse Co., and Lizzy Freier, managing editor at Technomic, Inc., who presented trends and insights on May 19 at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. Toum, a Lebanese… Read more »

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America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavor

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According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), in a report on ice cream sales and trends in the U.S., America’s favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla, followed (in this order) by chocolate, cookies n’ cream, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, buttered pecan, cookie dough, strawberry, Moose Tracks, and neapolitan. (Moose Tracks is a branded flavor made by… Read more »

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FAO Sustainable Development Goal

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The world is “off track” in meeting hunger, food security and nutrition targets that are part of the Sustainable Development Goal, the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report released on July 18. “Being off track when it comes to reaching core pillars of the S.D.G.s unquestionably puts at risk the achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda, and makes… Read more »

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