The companies increased their commitments to addressing child labor and deforestation.
June 9, 2020
As part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability, Osaka, Japan-based Fuji Oil Holdings and its Chicago-based subsidiary Blommer Chocolate Co. said they launched two global initiatives that address the most significant social issues faced by the cocoa industry.
It's hard to imagine a world without chocolate milk, rocky road ice cream or double-fudge sundaes. But if present trends continue, cacao trees (Theobroma cacao), the source of cocoa and, ultimately, chocolate, could become extinct by midcentury.
Consumers want greater visibility into the supply chains of the foods and beverages they consume. But tracing the complicated route cacao takes to become chocolate or cocoa is complex even for the pros.
According to the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), roughly 72% of the world’s cocoa production occurs in West Africa, with Latin America accounting for another 18% and Asia and Oceana shoring up the remaining 10%. So for North American chocoholics, there really is no such thing as locally sourced chocolate.
The clean label trend crosses all food categories. Cocoa and chocolate suppliers discuss how they help dairy processors achieve clean ingredient statements and navigate the rocky shoals of ‘all natural’ claims.
Chocolate and cocoa are long-time associates of dairy. These days, everything from frozen yogurt to blended coffee beverages is angling for a chocolaty profile. A panel of experts explains how to formulate with the ingredients.
We Americans have notoriously restless palates. This is especially so in today’s food-forward world, as chefs vie for celebrity status and the more adventuresome among us approach dining as an extreme sport. It’s now commonplace to find even familiar flavor favorites forced into some pretty unusual pairings, as the current practice with chocolate demonstrates.
International laboratories collaborate to validate a method developed by Mars Inc. to quantify the much-studied cocoa flavanols. Research that could help scientists and the industry in standardized reporting.
During this webinar trends information, specifically produced for Cargill by Innova Market Insights, will be revealed. You will discover along with the main food trends for 2012, how these trends can be translated into new and exciting chocolate applications. Read More