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Nutella maker rumoured to be targeting Nestlé’s sweet confectionery

MILAN – Ferrero SpA, the maker of Nutella spread, and the third biggest chocolate producer and confectionery company in the world, has the sweet snack division of Nestlé U.S. in its sights, according to reports. For Ferrero, this would be an unprecedented attack on the lucrative U.S. market as well as its biggest takeover in its history ...

WCF President speaks at ICCO Meeting on Cocoa Market Developments

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Richard Scobey (PICTURE), President of the World Cocoa Foundation, represented WCF at a Meeting of Mul...

Israeli company launches dissolvable, meringue-like stevia sweetener

CAESAREA, Israel – A company called Lampados International Ltd. (Caesarea, Israel) has launched a new stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) sweetener, called Liteez, which has a meringue-like appearance and is designed to dissolve into a foam in hot beverages. Formulating the company’s meringue-like “kiss” sweetener with stevia was a challenge due to ...

Coco Loko: You can now buy chocolate powder to snort. But is it safe?

WASHINGTON, U.S. – If news reports are to be believed, health-conscious club-goers have a new drug of choice—instead of cocaine, they’re snorting chocolate. Chocolate snuff, designed in 2007 for the birthday party of two members of the Rolling Stones, has made its way through Europe’s club scene in recent years.

The countdown is officially under way on the run-up to Sigep 2018

RIMINI, Italy – The countdown is officially under way on the run-up to SIGEP, the International Trade Show of artisan gelato, pastry, bakery and the coffee world, organized by Italian Exhibition Group, which maintains and renews its undisputed leadership at international level.

Swiss government assists Ghana to increase cocoa production, add value

ACCRA, Ghana – Ghana and Switzerland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at increasing cocoa production and adding value to raw cocoa beans. The two countries have also agreed to increase their volume of trade in the areas of gold and cocoa from Ghana and chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other products from Switzerland.

Häagen-Dazs rolls out four decadent vegan ice cream flavors

NORFOLK, Virginia, U.S. – Each of the four new Häagen-Dazs flavors begins with a core ingredient, like real Belgian chocolate, peanut butter, coffee, or coconut cream. Exclusively available at Target stores, in the following flavors ...

Cocoa and chocolate are not just treats – they are good for your cognition

L'AQUILA, Italy – A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands - a phrase commonly used to justify ones chocolate snacking behavior. A phrase now shown to actually harbor some truth, as the cocoa bean is a rich source of flavanols: a class of natural compounds that has neuroprotective effects.

Chocolate may improve cognitive function within hours, says review

MILAN – Need an excuse to raid that chocolate stash? A new review may provide just that. Researchers have found that cocoa flavanols could boost cognitive function within just a few hours of consumption. Additionally, researchers found that regular, long-term intake of cocoa flavanols may protect against cognitive decline.

Van Houtte recognized as an Iconic Canadian brand by Interbrand Canada

MONTREAL, Canada – Keurig Canada Inc. (Keurig Canada) announced yesterday that Van Houtte has been recognized as an iconic Canadian brand by global brand consultancy Interbrand Canada. Van Houtte was recognized as one of the 150 companies, organizations and institutions that 'make us authentically Canadian' in ...