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Clarkson University study demonstrates coffee and cocoa improve focus

POTSDAM, NY, U.S. – Coffee and chocolate are two widely beloved, delicious delicacies. Often thought to be unhealthy, these two flavor powerhouses may in fact have benefits to attention, motivation and energy. Researchers at Clarkson University and the University of Georgia recently completed a year long study about the effects of caffeine and ...

The Mocha Frappe Index shows wobbly prospects for soft commodities

SINGAPORE – The Mocha Frappe Index, made up of prices of what goes into your everyday mocha frappe — cocoa, sugar and coffee, does not look rosy. New York May cocoa futures, which traded above US$3,000 (S$4,205) per tonne in August last year, skimmed the low of US$1,869 early this month.

Ferrero International to acquire U.S. company Fannie May Confections

LUXEMBOURG — Ferrero International has entered into an agreement to acquire Fannie May Confections from 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc., Carle Place, N.Y. The company has one manufacturing plant, two distribution centers and employs 750. Once the transaction is complete, Ferrero said Fannie May will operate as a standalone entity and brand ...

Cocoa industry announces cooperative initiative to end deforestation

LONDON, UK – Twelve of the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

In the face of Colombia’s coca boom, coffee & cocoa farming offer a remedy

WASHINGTON, U.S. – Colombia, still in a delicate phase of its history as it struggles to revive from five decades of war, is seeing a dramatic rise in coca cultivation. According to an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America, this coca boom could be the largest ever.

Want your coffee and hot cocoa, too? This Italian drink combines them

NEW YORK, U.S. – I suffer the occasional crisis triggered by an inability to make a decision...about hot drinks. This can happen anywhere, but ice-skating rinks and ski slopes are particularly likely scenes. It starts with my daily need for caffeine, specifically in the form of a steaming cup of black coffee.

Nigerian government, group move to give a boost to cocoa production

ABUJA, Nigeria – The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is to join the Federation of Agriculture Commodity Association of Nigeria (FACAN) to raise cocoa production to 1.2 metric tonnes yearly. FACAN President, Dr Victor Iyama told The Nation that the Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at a meeting with ...

Study shows cocoa helps temper the anxiety-producing effects of caffeine

NEW YORK, U.S. – Deep down, we always knew it, but science is proving that cocoa and caffeine are indeed the best marriage ever. Clarkson University researcher Ali Boolani recently completed a study that explores the powers of these two dark delights. The assistant professor of physical therapy and physician assistant studies teamed up ...

German Minister launches initiatives for cocoa and coffee with Côte d’Ivoire

BERLIN, Germany – Côte d’Ivoire is the world's largest cocoa producer. In addition, the government is investing massively ...

ICCO releases its first crop forecasts for the 2016/2017 cocoa year

LONDON, UK – The International Cocoa Organization today releases its first forecasts for the 2016/2017 cocoa year and revised estimates of world production, grindings and stocks of cocoa beans for 2015/2016, as summarized below. The data published in Issue No. 1 - Volume XLIII - Cocoa year 2016/2017 of the Quarterly Bulletin ...