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Uncommon Cacao vs. global commodity markets

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A new report from the farmer financier highlights imbalances that disproportionately hurt farmers and create disincentives among manufacturers and retailers to push for change To understand the impact that volatile commodity markets have on the “little guy,” just look at the Ivory Coast. The West African country is the world’s largest producer of cacao?—?the fruit that chocolate is made from. To… Read more »

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What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream & Gelato?

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Get the scoop on your favorite frozen desserts   If you’ve ever found yourself at the ice cream shop or in the freezer section of the supermarket wondering what the difference is between ice cream and gelato, you’re not alone. Though we enjoy all of these treats equally, there are obvious differences between them. Let’s start with the one we are… Read more »

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U.S. CPI for baked foods, cereals rises in August

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The Consumer Price Index for baked foods and cereal products rose 0.2% in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The index for all food at home, meanwhile, decreased 0.1%. Of the 18 items followed by Milling & Baking News, a sister publication of World Grain, 11 posted month-over-month increases and 7 finished… Read more »

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Confectionery Giant Mars Announces $1 Billion Sustainability Plan To Fight Climate Change

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When President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, many were worried that it could spell the end of the accord. The concern was that if as big a player as the US was to leave, other countries would see little point in remaining. But in a strange twist of fate, the reverse has happened. Nations… Read more »

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AMF acquires U.S. patent for oven chain management system

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The U.S. Patent Office awarded AMF Bakery Systems (AMF) a patent for the Guardian Oven Chain Management System. The system monitors several important conditions of the oven chain, extending the life of the chain while reducing lubrication costs for traveling tray, tunnel and continuous ovens. It can be applied to continuous final proofers, product coolers, conveyors or other bakery equipment… Read more »

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Calls for UK sweet academy to salvage confectionery skills

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Britain is in danger of losing the confectionery skills that have satisfied the nation’s sweet tooth for generations, according to one confectionery consultant. Andy Baxendale, who has 23 years of experience in the confectionery industry, is calling on the UK government to set up a national academy of sweets to protect the industry and teach a new generation the art…. Read more »

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Texas wheat industry begins recovery after Hurricane Harvey

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With Hurricane Harvey gone and most of the damage assessed, the Texas wheat industry looks forward to repairing, rebuilding and getting back to work. Hurricane Harvey dropped a record of 50 inches, or 127 centimeters, of rain. Following the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, some Texas ports are still closed, rail embargos remain in effect and virtually no wheat was inspected… Read more »

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Scientists debut first new chocolate in 80 years and it’s pink!

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We’d like to think that chocolate science has become a perfected art over the last century or so. But scientists would disagree, particularly the chocolate scientists over at Swiss company Barry Callebaut, who have recently debuted the first new kind of natural chocolate in over 80 years. Hold on to your hats, millennial pink lovers. Now, along with dark, milk… Read more »

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Bimbo to invest $ 129 million in distribution center in Mexico

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The Bimbo baking company announced today that it will invest 2.3 billion pesos (about 129 million dollars) in the construction of the “largest and most modern” distribution center in the country. Industry in America. The baking company Bimbo announced today that it will invest 2.3 billion pesos (about 129 million dollars) in the construction of the distribution center “more Large… Read more »

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The Magic of Macarons

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From Paris to New York to Seattle, the French macaron continues to make its way into the hearts and minds of American consumers. This trend shows no sign of slowing down. FP Patisserie, for example, is the luxury high-end brand from acclaimed pastry chef François Payard, featuring cakes, pastries, tarts, chocolates and confections made from only the finest ingredients. The… Read more »

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