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Olam Cocoa launches innovative new cocoa powder at FIE 2017

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LONDON, UK – Olam Cocoa, the world’s foremost focused supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa products (cocoa powder, cocoa mass and cocoa butter), showcased the innovative, premium cocoa powder deZaan D11BK, the new deZaan Flavour Friends pairing tool, and the latest iteration of the historic deZaan Cocoa Manual at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) Stand D100, Hall 11.

New, dark cocoa powder without added sodium

deZaan D11BK cocoa powder is the first ever nib alkalised, black cocoa powder that provides both intense cocoa flavour and very dark colour, without added sodium. Excessive salt intake remains a serious health concern globally, with the majority of it consumed unknowingly in processed foods. Unlike other dark cocoa powders, which are typically processed using sodium alkalising agents, D11BK uses potassium instead, reducing the sodium in the formulation while maintaining the flavour and colour impact benefits of a typical dark cocoa powder.

Rinus Heemskerk, Global Head of Product Development & Innovation for Olam Cocoa comments:

“We are committed to helping our customers find ideal ingredient combinations that deliver rich flavour and colour impact but that also meet growing consumer demand for healthier products which offer ‘permissible indulgence’ experiences. deZaan D11BK is well suited to deliver against this, while our new Flavour Friends tool will support our customers as they explore new flavour combinations in applications, ensuring that they don’t need to compromise on the sensory experiences that their products provide.”

Working alongside Dutch master Chef Angelique Schmeinck, Olam Cocoa has created Flavour Friends, a tool that enables the discovery of new or unexpected flavour and ingredient relationships. It provides interesting options for the combination of deZaan cocoa powders with various fruits, beverages, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, teas and vegetables, and it launches at FIE 2017. Customers can explore and enjoy examples of these flavour pairings in dairy applications, as part of a new instant cocoa beverage sample collection.

A legacy of leadership looks to the future

At FIE, Olam Cocoa is also unveiling the latest edition of the famous deZaan Cocoa Manual, one of the most respected and coveted cocoa reference resources in the industry. Starting from the first manual edition published in 1969, the manual’s content has been unmatched in depth and scope of information. To help customers keep abreast of global trends, the new 2017 version includes a chapter dedicated to the health aspects of cocoa. Alongside the launch of D11BK and Flavour Friends, the manual exemplifies Olam Cocoa’s ability to provide expertise, value-added benefits and unique opportunities to its customers.

Olam Cocoa’s CEO, Gerard A. Manley, says:

“We are incredibly proud of the heritage and legacy of cocoa innovation excellence that the deZaan Cocoa Manual represents. We are pleased to now present this newest edition, the latest in a long line of important references resources for the cocoa and chocolate confectionery industries.”

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Food Ingredients Europe 2017 brought together the world’s leading food and beverage suppliers, research and development, production and marketing specialists and showcases the most diverse range of new and innovative ingredients and services. It took place between 28 – 30 November in Messe Frankfurt, Germany.

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