Natra and Barry Callebaut sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the combination of their European consumer chocolate businesses

Mar 03, 2009
NATRA, European reference private label chocolate player, and BARRY CALLEBAUT, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, have signed a memorandum of understanding  regarding the possible integration of Barry Callebaut’s European consumer chocolate business (Stollwerck) into Natra.

Barry Callebaut hires Chicago pastry chef to join team of technical advisors at its U.S. Chocolate Academy

Mar 02, 2009
Barry Callebaut today announced that it has hired executive pastry chef Richard Cusick to join its team of technical advisors at the company’s newest Chocolate Academy, the first in the United States, which recently opened in Chicago.

World Cocoa Foundation and Leading Chocolate Industry Companies Partner with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Significantly Improve Cocoa Farmer Livelihoods in West Africa

Feb 19, 2009
The World Cocoa Foundation today announced a new, $40 million program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chocolate industry companies to significantly improve the livelihoods of approximately 200,000 cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Liberia. The innovative, five-year West Africa Cocoa Livelihoods Program will focus on enhancing farmer knowledge and competitiveness, improving productivity and quality, promoting crop diversification and improving supply chain efficiency.   These initiatives will help increase farmers’ incomes and significantly improve cocoa community well-being.

New study shows antidepressant properties of cocoa flavanols: Barry Callebaut reveals new study on mood lifting effects of cocoa

Feb 19, 2009
Barry Callebaut announces the results of a recent study, revealing the mood-elevating effect of cocoa polyphenols. The independent research, conducted by the French ETAP-Applied Ethology, Centre de Recherche en Pharmacologie, Cancérologie & Pathologies Humaines et Nutrition-Santé’ in Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy and published in the international scientific journal Nutritional Neuroscience indicates that cocoa polyphenols help to reduce the symptoms of depression. ACTICOATM chocolate is one of the richest natural sources of cocoa polyphenols, more specifically flavanols. Flavanols have, among other health benefits, a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Brussels in Love

Feb 12, 2009

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