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Five global packaging trends for 2018

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Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste worldwide in 2018, new research suggests, as the throwaway culture of today will evolve. According to Mintel, packaged planet is among the major trends set to influence the global packaging industry over the company year. Consumers have long considered packaging as often unnecessary, and ultimately as just… Read more »

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Italy fines Unilever over €60 million over ice cream market abuse

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In the conclusion of an investigation from back in 2013, Italy’s antitrust agency AGCM has fined Unilever over €60mn for ice cream market abuse. Italy’s antitrust agency AGCM has imposed a fine of over €60mn on the Italian arm of the world’s biggest ice cream maker, Unilever, for ‘abuse of its dominant position in Italy’s ice cream market’. Amongst the… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut answers reduced-sugar trend

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Barry Callebaut has developed five types of chocolate and several sugar-substituting technologies aimed at reducing sugar while retaining taste in confectionery products. With about half of the world’s consumers are trying to limit their sugar intake, healthy alternatives for snacks and meals are a worldwide growing trend, Barry Callebaut said in a news release. The company is addressing this trend… Read more »

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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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