Sixteen European cocoa industry participants have sent a letter of complaint to NYSE Liffe, the global derivatives business that runs futures and options markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London and Paris, saying the extent of speculation on the London cocoa market could drive them towards using the US-based Intercontinental Exchange.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced a new method for simple and accurate analysis of cadmium in chocolate. The Thermo Scientific iCE 3500 atomic absorption spectrometer allows simple analysis of this trace element, while Thermo Scientific SOLAAR software enables easy method development.
Divine introduces its first 85% dark chocolate bar to its range. To clash with national Chocolate Week (11th – 17th October), the farmer-owned chocolate company Divine Chocolate has announced a new addition to its 100g bar range. Divine’s newsest product is a 100g pure chocolate bar made with 85% cocoa solids, using Ghanaian cocoa beans from the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative… Read more »
Confectionary giant Hershey is inviting people to visit its Create Your Own Candy Bar experience.
China’s fast-growing chocolate market is attracting a raft of international brands but local players may do better in the country’s smaller cities, notes Dominique Patton from Beijing
With the trend towards dark chocolate gaining momentum, cocoa bean prices are rising, as are calls for certification. Michelle Knott reports
Barry Callebaut expects cocoa prices to gain further this year on supply concerns in top cocoa regions in West Africa and a recovery in global demand. The Swiss-based firm says prospects of weaker output from top grower Ivory Coast have shifted some of the company’s focus to Asia.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, research out this week suggests eating chocolate may have a positive impact on stroke. Don’t go buying too many heart boxes just yet, though, say the study authors.
Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate will now sport a “Fairtrade” logo on its redesigned packaging, while retaining the smaller block size it switched to last year. The confectionary maker would also increase the amount of cocoa solids in its product, from 21% to 26%. All of the ingredients in the company’s nine Cadbury Dairy Milk products that could be certified “Fairtrade”… Read more »
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for chocolate, and it’s never too early to plan for the sweet stuff. These recipes are all quick and easy to prepare. The first two make a single serving, so they’ll work well whether you celebrate with someone else or alone. Simply double the recipe for two. One of the following desserts is made… Read more »