Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana’s cocoa regulator, Cocobod, said: “Once we’re able to harmonise, then the two countries can decide when to go to the market. Once that decision is taken and what amount or volumes of cocoa can go to the market, then we can regulate.” The countries will also work on setting a floor price for their farmers and will announce the rate at the same time before each harvest from next season, they said in a statement.
The two nations also agreed to expand and speed up efforts to protect forests. This could have implications for cocoa output as growers in Ivory Coast have significantly expanded illegal plantations in protected forests in recent years.
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business will open the world-class production line in the last quarter of 2018. With an investment of EUR 12 m, the company will be able to further enhance and expand its chocolate capabilities. The investment is a response to growing customer demand for high quality chocolates tailor-made to individual customer specifications, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to providing its customers with a secure and broad supply of bespoke cocoa and chocolate products.
The range consists of protein chocolate in various shapes. In each case there is a choice between white chocolate enriched with milk protein and milk or dark chocolate with extra vegetable protein. The protein content for all chocolate and shapes is between 20 and 25 %. The chocolate pieces are also available as low-sugar variants. Small crispies, fruit pieces or fruit powder permit an additional taste experience; they can be worked into the chocolate according to customer wishes.
The shapes of Herza’s protein chocolate pieces depend on the application and particular customer requirements. Cereal manufacturers, for example, may enrich their protein muesli with high-protein chocolate leaves to specifically address athletes and health-conscious consumers who will not want to miss their chocolate muesli. Chunks, on the other hand, can be worked into bakery products or ice cream with no trouble at all because of special formulations. Also, they are very easy to melt and to be used as a coating for bars, wafers or other protein-enriched confectionery.
Herza also offers a new quark compound coating especially for ice cream varieties such as quark or skyr ice. These chopped pieces contain between 20 and 25 % protein, too. Integrated lime crispies give the high-protein pieces a fresh taste.
Treofan America Inc., the sales company based in Winston-Salem/NC, as well as the production company in Zacapu/Mexico, which is held via Trespaphan Mexico Holdings GmbH, will transfer into CCL Industries’ ownership on closing date 2 July 2018. Both companies will henceforth trade under the brand name Innovia. A total of approximately 300 people are employed at the two sites.
Comments Treofan Group’s CEO, Dr Walter Bickel: „We are delighted by the successful completion of this transaction. From now on we can fully concentrate on further developing our European production sites, and on continuing to grow our business particularly in the specialty films market.”
Worldwide, the group has over 1,300 employees, 920 of them in Germany. This, too, represents a significant increase. The group is made up of twelve independent specialist firms in Germany that develop, manufacture and distribute functional ingredients for the production of food and animal feed. They include internationally well-known companies such as Hydrosol, Mühlenchemie, SternMaid, SternVitamin, SternChemie, SternEnzym, Herza Schokolade and Berg + Schmidt.
Clarke replaces Martin Radvan, who is retiring after a 32-year career with Mars that extended across multiple functions, business segments and countries. Radvan has led the integration of the Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments into Mars Wrigley Confectionery, the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints, and fruity confections.
“Andrew is the right person to lead Mars Wrigley Confectionery into its next chapter. His track record for driving ambitious change while delivering results is the fuel our business needs to thrive in an ever changing consumer and retail landscape,” said Grant F. Reid, CEO of Mars, Incorporated. “Andrew brings great global perspective, combined with a principled approach to leadership and passion for engaging and inspiring teams.”
Firmenich from Geneva/Switzerland, the largest privately held flavour and fragrance company in the world, has launched its Natural and Clean Label platform to create “great tasting, natural and traceable food and beverage experiences.”
“With our new Natural and Clean Label platform, we are putting our world-class science to work to create high-intensity taste profiles drawn from nature in a sustainable and traceable way,” says Jerome Barra, VP Innovation & Design. “We use a range of techniques, from soft, solvent-free and CO2 extractions, all the way to ‘kitchen techniques’ leveraging culinary arts, as well as innovative bio-based approaches like fermentation to offer the best of nature sustainably.”
Analyses showed that wild mango butter has a light-coloured fat with a similar fatty acid profile (palmitic, stearic and oleic acid) and triglyceride profile (POP, SOS and POS) to cocoa butter. Its thermal and physical properties are also similar to cocoa butter. Wild mango butter comprises 65 % SOS (1, 3-distearoyl-2-oleoyl-glycerol) which indicates potential to become a cocoa butter improver (an enhancement of CBA). It is concluded that these attractive properties of wild mango could be prompted by a coalition of policy makers, foresters, food industries and horticulturists to promote more widespread cultivation of this wild fruit species to realise the market opportunity.
Commerzbank Research said it seems that the market had long regarded the ICCO’s predictions as “overly optimistic.” Significantly more pessimistic assessments for Ghana and for the Ivorian mid-crop were often made. However, according to agency reports, farmers in Ivory Coast fear that insufficient rainfall could hamper the remaining mid-crop. If this is reflected in the shipment data, the price could rise quickly again.