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									              COPAL COCOA Info
              A Weekly Newsletter of Cocoa Producers' Alliance
                Issue No. 345
In-House Cocoa Newsletter                                                             20th - 24th July 2009
 Cocoa Producers' Alliance




                                  UP-COMING EVENTS                                            IN THIS ISSUE
                                                                                              INSIDE THIS ISSE:
                   The 2nd Victor Iyama Cocoa Lecture, September 3, 2009 in
                    Akure, Southwest Nigeria. Special presentation By Her                LONDON (LIFFE) FUTURES
                    Excellency, Erelu Olusola Obada, Deputy Governor of Osun              MARKET UPDATE
                    State. "Making Poverty Reduction Work: The Role of Cocoa in
                    Sustainable Development"                                             NEW YORK (ICE) FUTURES
                                                                                          MARKET UPDATE
                   72nd General Assembly and Council of Ministers Meetings,
                    Lomé, Togo, 7 – 11 September 2009                                    FROM THE NEWS MEDIA

                   16th International Cocoa Research Conference, Hyatt Hotel, Nusa      TIT BITS
                    Dua, Denpasar, Bali – Indonesia , 16 - 21 November 2009




                                  Do your health a favour, drink Cocoa everyday
                                            ‘It’s nature’s miracle food’
In the News (from Newspapers worldwide)
 Health and Nutrition                                   Environmental Issues
 A chocolate that can render acne history               Fair Trade Chocolate Hits the Mainstream
 Health tip of the day: Heart-Health Benefits of        Chocolate lovers can feel less guilty after Dairy
   Chocolate                                                Milk goes Fairtrade
                                                         Ghana: Cadbury's Fairtrade Certification to
Production and Quality                                      Boost Cocoa Farming
 Cameroon cocoa exports up 9.6 pct after 11 months
 Ivory Coast cocoa rains ease, concern remains         Labour Issues

The Market                                              Research & Development
 SOFTS-Cocoa rallies to 5-mth peak as funds buy         Wanted: Women to eat chocolate for a year
 Liberian Farmers Sell Cocoa to Ivorian Counterparts    Chocolate heaven – low fat and it doesn‘t melt
    on Prices
 Sweet! Swiss Invent a No-Melt, Low-Cal Chocolate      Promotion
 Foods and Softs Outlook - July 24, 2009                Free chocolate from Mars on Friday
                                                         Mars Chocolate to Use Only Certified Cocoa
Processing & Manufacturing                                 by 2020
 Now, camel milk chocolate set to hit world markets!
 Askinosie Chocolate Store Opens in Singapore This     Otherst
    Week--Askinosie Chocolate Satay Anyone?                Ode to chocolates

Business & Economy
 Stanbic Bank To Support Cocoa Purchasing Firms
 Starbucks and Hershey's end partnership to offer
    premium chocolate
 Malaysia Agribusiness Report Q3 2009


ICCO Daily Cocoa Prices
                       ICCO daily price     ICCO daily price      London futures        New York futures
                         (SDR/tonne)          ($US/tonne)            (£/tonne)            ($US/tonne)




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          International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE)
                  London Futures Market – Summary of Trading Activities
                                     (£ per tonne)

Monday         20th July                2009
Month               Opening Trans           Settle       Change     Daily High   Daily Low   Volume
Sep-09                  1778                1808           35         1831         1774      6,836
Dec-09                  1785                1818           36         1840         1784      5,563
Mar-10                  1783                1817           34         1841S        1783       914
May-10                  1792                1811           33         1827         1792       59
Jul-10                  1775                1803           30         1775         1775       30
Sep-10                  1806                1800           28         1806         1801       31
Dec-10                                      1806           28                                  0
Mar-11                                      1803           35                                  0
May-11                                      1813           35                                  0
Jul-11                                      1811           35                                  0
Totals                                      1809                                             13,433




Tuesday        21st July                2009
Month               Opening Trans           Settle       Change        High        Low       Volume
Sep-09                  1802                1824           16         1828         1800      2,962
Dec-09                  1810                1836           18         1838         1810      2,666
Mar-10                  1811                1833           16         1834S        1811       690
May-10                  1810                1826           15         1825         1810       121
Jul-10                  1801                1823           20         1819         1801        0
Sep-10                                      1819           19                                  81
Dec-10                  1806                1822           16         1817         1806        35
Mar-11                                      1818           15                                  0
May-11                                      1829           16                                  0
Jul-11                                      1827           16                                  0
Totals                                      1826                                             6,555




Wednesday      22nd July                2009
Month               Opening Trans           Settle       Change        High        Low       Volume
Sep-09                  1823                1748           -76         1823        1740      7,231
Dec-09                  1834                1768           -68         1836        1763      7,004
Mar-10                  1832                1768           -65         1832        1765      3,160
May-10                  1820                1763           -63         1822        1764S      526
Jul-10                                      1755           -68                                 0
Sep-10                  1810                1754           -65         1810        1809S       10
Dec-10                                      1759           -63                                 0
Mar-11                                      1749           -69                                 0
May-11                                      1754           -75                                 0
Jul-11                                      1752           -75                                 0
Totals                                      1757                                             17,931




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Thursday             23rd July               2009
Month                    Opening Trans           Settle       Change        High        Low       Volume
Sep-09                       1763                1819           71          1832        1753      3,711
Dec-09                       1784                1835           67          1852        1773S     2,033
Mar-10                       1772                1828           60          1845        1772S      891
May-10                       1776                1821           58         1832S        1772       586
Jul-10                       1776                1818           63         1820         1776        0
Sep-10                                           1810           56                                  57
Dec-10                       1791                1811           52         1791S        1791S       2
Mar-11                                           1806           57                                  0
May-11                                           1815           61                                  0
Jul-11                                           1815           63                                  0
Totals                                           1818                                             7,280




Friday               24th July               2009
Month                    Opening Trans           Settle       Change        High        Low       Volume
Sep-09                       1812                1841           22          1845        1800      2,532
Dec-09                       1829                1857           22          1861        1815      2,397
Mar-10                       1816                1854           26         1856S        1810       593
May-10                       1807                1847           26         1847S        1803        79
Jul-10                       1830                1845           27          1845        1830        74
Sep-10                       1800                1843           33          1845        1799       152
Dec-10                                           1843           32                                  0
Mar-11                                           1838           32                                  0
May-11                                           1847           32                                  0
Jul-11                                           1847           32                                  0
Totals                                           1776                                             3,295



Average for the
week                                             8986                                              9699
Total for the week                                                                                48,494




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                               New York Board of Trade
                (New York Futures Market – Summary of Trading Activities)
                                    (US$ per tonne)

Monday         20th July               2009
Month                   Open              Price       Change        High        Low          Volume
Sep-09                  2773              2868         106         2889         2773         9,367
Dec-09                  2797              2889         106         2905         2795         2,486
Mar-10                  2825              2900         102         2917         2825          559
May-10                  2882              2903         102         2920         2882          144
Jul-10                    0               2910         102           0            0            0
Sep-10                    0               2911         102           0            0            0
Dec-10                    0               2916         102           0            0           200
Mar-11                    0               2918         102           0            0            0
May-11                    0               2918         102           0            0            0
Jul-11

Totals                                     2904                                                13,433




Tuesday        21st July               2009
Month                   Open              Price       Change        High        Low           Volume
Sep-09                  2857              2875          7          2885         2837         6,471
Dec-09                  2880              2897          8          2906         2859         1,582
Mar-10                  2881              2903          3          2911         2873          597
May-10                  2885              2905          2          2914         2885          201
Jul-10                  2901              2912          2          2901         2900           7
Sep-10                  2900              2913          2          2921         2899          76
Dec-10                  2897              2919          3          2924         2897          94
Mar-11                    0               2919          1            0            0            0
May-11                    0               2919          1            0            0            0
Jul-11

Totals                                     2907                                              9,028




Wednesday          22nd July             2009
Month                   Open              Price       Change        High        Low          Volume
Sep-09                  2857              2752         -123        2857         2729         10,065
Dec-09                  2870              2779         -118        2881         2758         4,097
Mar-10                  2886              2788         -115        2890         2773         1,020
May-10                  2876              2790         -115        2885         2774          484
Jul-10                  2808              2798         -114        2808         2808           9
Sep-10                  2802              2800         -113        2813         2802          21
Dec-10                  2908              2807         -112        2908         2908           4
Mar-11                    0               2807         -112          0            0            2
May-11                    0               2807         -112          0            0            0
Jul-11

Totals                                     2792                                              15,702




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Thursday                23rd July             2009
Month                        Open              Price       Change        High        Low          Volume
Sep-09                       2792              2883         131         2922         2771         9,206
Dec-09                       2809              2912         133         2950         2808         3,193
Mar-10                       2820              2919         131         2949         2820          493
May-10                       2823              2920         130         2946         2823          85
Jul-10                       2875              2930         132         2951         2875          15
Sep-10                       2864              2933         133         2955         2864          48
Dec-10                         0               2939         132           0            0            0
Mar-11                         0               2939         132           0            0            0
May-11                         0               2939         132           0            0            0
Jul-11

Totals                                          2924                                              13,040




Friday                  24th July             2009
Month                        Open              Price       Change        High        Low          Volume
Sep-09                       2868              2907          24         2920         2833         7,758
Dec-09                       2896              2936          24         2950         2864         3,173
Mar-10                       2891              2940          21         2950         2875         1,221
May-10                       2903              2941          21         2951         2903          77
Jul-10                       2943              2948          18         2954         2941          37
Sep-10                       2901              2950          17         2960         2893          164
Dec-10                         0               2956          17           0            0            0
Mar-11                         0               2956          17           0            0            0
May-11                         0               2956          17           0            0            0
Jul-11

Totals                                          2943                                              12,430



Average for the
week                                            2894                                                12,727
Total for the week                                                                                  76,360




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                                                 News

Health and Nutrition
A chocolate that can render acne history
 I E - Helena achmann - Jul             9
ANI24 July 2009, 12:00am IST
 hey say it‘s the worst enemy of clear skin but eating chocolate could actually prove to be a lifesaver for people
who abandon their social lives A chocolate that can render acne history (Getty Images)

just because of acne.

Acne Care chocolate bars are said to deliver antioxidants and micro-nutrients that help clear the skin.

Makers of the revolutionary new chocolate, which is set to hit Australian shelves, claim that pimple-plagued
sufferers will experience dramatic results within just two weeks of eating the chocolate.

Developed by US-based Frutels, the chocolate-coated treatment is believed to be the first of its kind and
supports the body's defences and clarifies the skin from within.

Frutels recommend consumers eat between two and five chocolates a day for the fastest results, reports
News.com.au.

A company spokesman said: "This product takes beauty foods to another level by not only tackling acne care in
an ingestible form, but by using a food that has been associated with causing acne to make these claims.

"Chocolate has long been taboo for acne sufferers."

Health tip of the day: Heart-Health Benefits of Chocolate
            - Jul          9
It is no secret that fruits, vegetables and grains convey health benefits - we've been told that for years. But did
you know that chocolate could result in health benefits, more specifically heart-health benefits ?

Have you had your flavonoids today?

While not a question normally asked at a social gathering, flavonoids have become quite a hot topic in the media
and in scientific journals.

Flavonoids provide important protective benefits to plants, such as in repairing damage and shielding from
environmental toxins. When we consume plant-based foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit
from this ―antioxidant‖ power. Antioxidants are believed to help the body's cells resist damage caused by free
radicals, formed by normal bodily processes such as breathing or environmental contaminants like cigarette
smoke. When the body lacks adequate levels of antioxidants, free radical damage ensues, leading to increases in
LDL-cholesterol oxidation and plaque formation on arterial walls.

In addition to their antioxidant capabilities, flavonoids also:
 Are thought to help reduce platelet activation
 May affect the relaxation capabilities of blood vessels
 May positively affect the balance of certain hormone-like compounds called eicosanoids, which are thought
     to play a role in cardiovascular health.

Forms of Chocolate
  efore you grab a chocolate candy bar or slice of chocolate cake let‘s look at what forms of chocolate would be
ideal over others:



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-   When cocoa is processed into your favourite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce its
    naturally pungent taste. Flavonoids (polyphenols) provide this pungent taste. The more chocolate is
    processed (such as fermentation, alkalizing, roasting), the more flavonoids are lost. Most commercial
    chocolates fit this category.
-   Dark chocolate appears to retain the highest level of flavonoids. So your best bet is to choose dark
    chocolate over milk chocolate.
-   Some chocolate manufacturers are studying ways to retain the highest level of flavonoids while still
    providing acceptable taste.

What about all of the fat in chocolate?
You may be surprised to find out that chocolate isn‘t as bad as once perceived. he fat in chocolate from cocoa
butter, is comprised of equal amounts of oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil),
stearic and palmitic acids. Stearic and palmitic acids are forms of saturated fat. Saturated fats are linked to
increases in LDL-cholesterol and risk for heart disease.

Research indicates that stearic acid appears to have a neutral effect on cholesterol, neither raising nor lowering
it. Palmitic acid on the other hand, does affect cholesterol levels but only comprises one-third of the fat calories
in chocolate.

This great news does not give us a license to consume as much dark chocolate as we‘d like.

First, be cautious as to the type of dark chocolate you choose: chewy caramel-marshmallow-nut-covered dark
chocolate is by no means a heart-healthy food option. What wreaks havoc on most chocolate products are the fat
and calories that accompany other ingredients.

Second, there is currently no established serving size of chocolate to reap these cardiovascular benefits.
However, what we do know is you no longer need to feel guilty if you enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate
once in a while.

More research in this area is needed to determine just how much chocolate we chocolate-lovers can eat in order
to acquire cardioprotective benefits. Until that time, enjoy chocolate in moderate portions a few times per week.
Don‘t forget to eat other flavonoid-rich foods like apples, red wine, tea, onions and cranberries.

keep reading this section for more health tips, in the meantime grab a dark chocolate bar and enjoy it guilt-free!


Production & Quality

Cameroon cocoa exports up 9.6 pct after 11 months
Fri Jul 24, 2009
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Cameroon exported 173,992 tonnes of cocoa beans in the first 11 months of the 2008/09
season, up 9.6 percent on the same period last year, National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB) figures showed
on Friday.

The data, which was confirmed by the Cocoa and Coffee Interprofessional Board (CCIB), showed that
Cameroon exported 4,635 tonnes of beans in June compared to 3,681 tonnes in May.

Last month's figures were revised slightly up from 3,627 tonnes but complaints that disease was hurting the tail
end of the crop in the world's No. 5 producer continued.

"The June exports should have been much higher except for the black pod disease that affected output in the
Centre and South regions," said NCCB director of statistics Gerard Ngubi.

The spread of black pod disease in the Centre region has forced farmers there to cut forecasts for the mid crop
by 10-20 percent.




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Andre Marie Lema, chief of operations at the CCIB, also blamed the lower than expected export volumes last
month on frequent landslides on the Kumba-Mamfe road that hampered trucks from ferrying cocoa from some
parts of the South-West.

Sole local grinder SIC-CACAOS, a subsidiary of Swiss firm Barry Callebaut, didn't buy any beans in June but
its purchases since the beginning of the season stood at 25,117 tonnes at end- April, according to the NCCB.

Combined bean exports and grinding volumes bring production for the current campaign to 199,109 tonnes,
11,576 tonnes more than the record production in 2007/2008 and nearing the target of 200,000 tonnes set for
this year.

Cameroon's cocoa season runs from August 1 through to July 31 every year, with the mid-crop harvest from late
April/early May to late June/early July.

Ivory Coast cocoa rains ease, concern remains
Mon Jul 20, 2009
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Rains eased in some of Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions last week, reversing a
recent trend which has encouraged the spread of disease and damaged bean quality, farmers said on Monday.
In the centre-western region of Daloa, which produces a quarter of national output in the world's biggest grower,
farmers reported two light rains which they said would be good for the growth of small pods.

"A lot of small pods are growing nicely, and will be harvested towards mid-August," said farmer Magloire
Gnankan.

In the western region of Soubre, at the heart of the cocoa belt, farmers said rains eased up, but they were still
concerned about cloudy weather and low levels of sunshine, both of which have contributed to the spread of
disease.

"We are worried ... the weather favours black pod disease because the moisture doesn't evaporate very quickly,"
said Salem Kone, who farms near Soubre.

In the western region of Gagnoa, farmers said several small pods had turned black as a result of high humidity
during June and July, while in the eastern region of Abengourou, farmers said more spells of sunshine would be
welcome.

The Market
SOFTS-Cocoa rallies to 5-mth peak as funds buy
By David Brough and Sharon Lindores
LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - ICE cocoa futures rallied to a 5-month peak on Monday on likely system fund
buying on the back of better-than-expected North American Q2 grind data, with a weak dollar and stronger oil
providing support, dealers said.

September jumped to the high of $2,889 and later pulled back to stand at $2,880 per tonne, up $118 or 4.3
percent, at 1138 GMT.

"There was follow-through buying on stronger-than-anticipated (North American) grinds," one London-based
cocoa dealer said. "It's more likely to be the system funds."

He added: "Cocoa has a pretty good story behind it."

North American cocoa grindings in the second quarter dropped 6.75 percent from 2008 to 105,123 tonnes, data
from the National Confectioners Association showed on Thursday. Dealers had expected a fall of roughly 10
percent.

The soft dollar and firmer oil supported the cocoa futures complex, as well as sugar and coffee, dealers said.




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Oil rose a dollar to above $64 a barrel on Monday, reaching the highest in almost two weeks, as equities firmed
and the dollar fell on expectations of a global economic recovery.

London December cocoa futures surged 50 pounds or 2.8 percent to stand at 1,832 pounds per tonne in
reasonable volume of 4,429 lots.

One trader said the next resistance level for December was 1,850 pounds per tonne.

Sugar futures rose, supported by a weak dollar and firmer oil prices, dealers said.

The sugar market is closely watching the progress of the weak monsoon in net importer India, as well as the
impact of recent rains on harvesting in the centre-south of top grower Brazil.

TRADING RANGE
"The market had a poor performance on Friday. It closed lower, the only strong point was that it held the 40-day
and 50-day moving averages," one London-based trader said.

"From a technical point of view the 10 to 20-day moving averages have crossed to the downside so that's not
particularly encouraging for the bulls," he said.

In a daily market report, broker Sucden Financial said: "For now we would expect the current trading range to
remain, with scale down end user buying still in place between Friday's low and the 16.75 (cents per lb) level."

It added: "On the upside we would expect further producer pricing around the 17.70/18.00 area."

October raw sugar futures on ICE were up 0.31 cent at 17.61 cents per lb.

London October white sugar rose $5.50 or 1.2 percent to $463.70 per tonne.

Floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains over the past week have killed at least 36 people in the eastern Indian
state of Orissa and inundated half a million homes, officials and witnesses said on Monday.

Coffee futures also benefited from the macroeconomic picture. "The dollar weakness has helped commodities in
general," a coffee futures trader said.

September robusta futures rose $52 or 3.6 percent to $1,508 per tonne, while ICE September arabicas rose 1.65
cent to $1.2035 per lb.

Liberian Farmers Sell Cocoa to Ivorian Counterparts on Prices
By Ansu Konneh
July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Liberian farmers have stepped up sales of cocoa to their counterparts in Ivory Coast, the
world‘s largest producer of the ingredient for chocolate after Ivorian rebels reopened their side of the border in
June.

Farmers in the neighboring West African nation offer $2.50 per kilogram (2.2 pounds), more than double the $1
per kilogram paid by Liberian government agents, Anthony Saye, a cocoa farmer in Butuo near the Ivorian
border, said on July 21.

―Hundreds of cocoa tons have been bought and the Ivorian market has now become the new point of buying for
Liberian farmers ‖ he said.

Liberia, which is rebuilding its economy after a 14-year civil war, relies on exports of cocoa, rubber, gold and
diamonds. On the other side of the border Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo struck a deal with rebels in 2007 to
reunify the nation after a 2002 war that split the country in two.

Liberian exports to Ivory Coast are not included in official data, depressing the export figures, John Caranda,
deputy managing director of the state-controlled Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation, responsible for
monitoring cocoa and coffee said by phone on July . ―What we can do is set up customs and commerce
ministry teams along the border to fully monitor the exports ‖ he said.


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Liberian security officers assigned at the border said the cocoa trade between the two countries is on the rise.

―Everyday we see trucks and pick-ups filled with bags of cocoa heading into Ivory Coast and we have no
authority to stop the trade‖ the Liberian Immigration ureau‘s Aaron Wesseh said in an interview in utuo.

Cocoa is Liberia‘s second-largest agricultural export after rubber. Cocoa production rose 55 percent to 3,285
metric tons last year, the Ministry of Commerce said in February.

Cocoa for September delivery traded at     76 pounds ($ 9 8) a metric ton on London‘s Liffe exchange today
bring its gain this year to 22 percent.

Sweet! Swiss Invent a No-Melt, Low-Cal Chocolate
  I E - Helena achmann - Jul              9
By Helena Bachmann / Geneva Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2009
Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut's non-melting, low-calorie chocolate
Barry Callebaut
When it comes to keeping trade secrets, Switzerland's chocolate makers can be as tight-lipped as its bankers.
But while chocolatier Barry Callebaut refuses to reveal what goes into its latest invention, it's happy to share the
result: a chocolate bar that won't melt in your hands or pack on the pounds.

The Zurich-based manufacturer, one of the world's leading producers of industrial chocolate and cocoa, which it
distributes to global giants such as Nestlé and Cadbury, claims its new product, called Vulcano, is the world's
first — and so far only — melt-resistant, low-calorie chocolate. "No more stains or sticky fingers," company
spokeswoman Gaby Tschofen tells TIME. "The only place where Vulcano will melt is in the mouth, because of
the enzymes present in the saliva."
(See pictures of what the world eats.)

Regular chocolate starts to soften at 30°C (85°F), but Barry Callebaut says Vulcano can withstand temperatures
of up to 55°C (130°F). The manufacturer also claims that its new creation has 90% fewer calories than standard
chocolate because it contains less of the treat's fatty ingredients like cocoa butter.
(Watch a TIME video on a bacon chocolate bar.)

Given its unique no-melt, low-fat combination, Barry Callebaut is keeping the tasty details of Vulcano's
ingredients and manufacturing method under wraps. The company will only reveal that the chocolate was
invented accidentally, while food engineers were working on another hush-hush project. "When we realized
what we had stumbled upon, it was a real 'Eureka!' moment," Tschofen says. "We knew immediately that a
chocolate that doesn't melt, is low in calories, but is still 100% natural would have a great market potential,
especially in warmer climates or places with no adequate cooling systems."

By coming up with a chocolate that doesn't liquefy between your fingers (or in your pocket), Barry Callebaut
has managed to create something that many chocolate makers have tried before but never accomplished. Former
attempts at melt-free chocolate — including one by U.S. manufacturer Hershey — resulted in rock-hard bars
that were a struggle to break, let alone eat. And the quest for a low-calorie bar has long been stymied by the
tricky issues of flavor and texture. According to Tschofen, Vulcano — which gets its name from the little air
bubbles it contains that conjure up images of volcanic lava — has a crispy, crunchy texture rather than creamy
but tastes as good as regular chocolate.
(Read "Chocolate Sales: A Sweet Spot in the Recession.")

Tschofen says consumers will most likely see Vulcano — currently available in dark, milk, white and fruit
varieties — in the form of a filling for chocolate bars, biscuits, pastries and other confectionaries. Since Barry
Callebaut has only recently started presenting its invention to chocolate manufacturers, food companies,
bakeries and pastry chefs, it will likely be two years before it hits the mass market.

But whether Vulcano can melt the hearts of chocoholics around the world remains to be seen. "Generally
speaking, low-calorie products, particularly those in more indulgent parts of the market, like chocolate, have
become increasingly popular in recent years — and that popularity will only grow, especially as the global
economy moves out of recession and into recovery," says Dean Best, executive director of Just-Food, a U.K.-
based news and information website for the global food industry. "Consequently, Barry Callebaut's industrial


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customers will be intrigued by this latest piece of innovation. But Vulcano's success will ultimately depend on
whether these customers really believe this no-melt chocolate will tantalize the taste buds of chocolate lovers."

Foods and Softs Outlook - July 24, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
by
CRB Research Team of Commodity Research Bureau

Foods and Softs Outlook - An Excerpt from CRB'S Futures Market Service
COFFEE—Sep Nybot Arabica coffee prices rebounded up to a 1-month high from their recent 3-month low.
Bullish factors include (1) the Brazilian government buying 2 mln bags of coffee from local farmers to boost
prices which may reduce the amount of coffee available for export and ( ) ICO‘s cut in its global coffee output
estimate for the year ending Sep 30 to 128.8 mln bags from a prior forecast of 133.4 mln bags. Bearish factors
include ( ) speculation razil‘s      9-10 coffee harvest may reach 43.5 mln bags, the highest off-year output
since 1987-88, and (2) the +27% y/y rise in Jun Brazil coffee exports to 2.34 mln bags. Large specs as of Jul 14
sharply cut their moderate to a small long position of 6,576. USDA coffee summary: 2009-10 world coffee
production 127.4 mln bags (-5.5% vs 2008- 9‘s record 34.8 mln bags);          9-10 world ending stocks at 35.3
mln bags (-12% vs 2008- 9‘s 4 . mln bags).




COCOA—Sep cocoa prices surged to a 10-3/4 month high. Bullish factors include (1) improved demand after
Q2 North American cocoa bean grindings fell -6.8%, better than the -13% decline in Q1, and (2) a weaker dollar
that benefits most commodity prices. earish factors include ( ) ICO‘s hike in its forecast for a 5
global cocoa surplus for       up from an Apr estimate of              ( ) ICO‘s prediction that global cocoa-
bean grindings may drop -6.5% in the yr ending Sep, the biggest fall since records began in 1960-61, and (3)
slack demand after Q2 European cocoa bean grindings fell -11% y/y, to near a 5-yr low. Large specs as of Jul 14
held a moderate long position of 17,176.




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 Processing & Manufacturing

Now, camel milk chocolate set to hit world markets!
Hindu - Jul          9
Dubai (PTI): Forget cow's or goat's milk -- the world's first chocolate made out of camel milk from Dubai is all
set to go on sale around the world.

The company behind the chocolate, called Al Nassma -- after the Arabic word for a cool desert breeze, said it
wanted to be "the Godiva of the Middle East" and is also in talks to expand into Arab markets, Japan, Europe
and the United States.

Founded and owned by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Al Nassma company was
formally established in October last year and in partnership with Austria's Manner, it manufactures the end
product at its Dubai facility.

"Although camel milk is produced in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, only Dubai has a
facility which enables chocolate makers to produce a quality product.

"We aim to be the Godiva of the Middle East. It's a luxury product, so we will never be in supermarkets. The
plan is to be in one mall in each UAE city," Martin Van Almsick, the General Manager, was quoted by the
media as saying.

Although a traditional staple for the Bedouin, camel milk is not produced on a large scale. There are currently
two camel farms in the country and fresh camel milk is still very much a niche product.

All chocolates are produced without preservatives or chemical additives with a range of locally popular spices,
nuts, honey -- which comes from Yemen -- and vanilla from Madagascar, according to the company.

"Camels' milk is seen as healthier than cows' milk, containing five times more vitamin C, less fat, less lactose
and more insulin, making it a good option for diabetics and the lactose intolerant," Van Almsick said.

Askinosie Chocolate Store Opens in Singapore This Week--Askinosie Chocolate Satay Anyone?
An Askinosie Chocolate branded store will open in the Great World City shopping center in Singapore this
week. This is the first Askinosie Chocolate store to open outside of the original retail store at the factory
location in Springfield, MO.

Springfield, MO (PRWEB) July 25, 2009 -- Askinosie Chocolate's distributor in Singapore, Trendspot, is
opening an exclusive Askinosie Chocolate boutique in the Great World City shopping center in Singapore this
week. The boutique carries all of the Askinosie Chocolate products and even displays some authentic items from
the original Askinosie Chocolate store in Springfield, Missouri. The boutique is not a franchise but will be using
the Askinosie Chocolate brand; this new store will be the Singaporean flagship. This is the first Askinosie
Chocolate store other than the retail storefront at the factory location in Springfield, Missouri.

Trendspot had been distributing Askinosie Chocolate products in Singapore for over a year when owner, Benny
Low, approached Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, with the idea of opening an Askinosie
Chocolate boutique. Low is most excited about being able to share "real dark chocolate" with the people of
Singapore:

"Opening the Askinosie Chocolate boutique was just an 'I have to do it' sort of thing. In Singapore, we are
pampered… very few people know the difference between traceable single origin and cocoa mass; very few
people know there are poor cocoa farmers out there who are being exploited. But this chocolate is different-- it's
the way dark chocolate should be. This is what I hope to share with chocolate lovers here: something of value
and something meaningful."

Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of
their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker (and frequent guest on



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Fox Business Network), travels to regions of Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines to work directly with the
farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and
labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers,
giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. he Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers their
neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate experience by leaving the world
a better place than they found it.


 Business and Economy

  Business and Economy
Stanbic Bank To Support Cocoa Purchasing Firms
Ghanaian imes - Jul          9
By Times Reporter
International Finance Corpora-tion (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will provide a $30 million
guarantee facility to Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited to help it increase financing to companies that pur-chase
cocoa from small farmers in Ghana.

Stanbic Ghana has been identified as the country‘s fastest-growing bank.

It is the only bank that moved to tier one bank category in the latest Price Waterhouse Cooper Banking Survey
commissioned by Ghana Association of Bankers.

Among other clients, it finances Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs) that procure cocoa from farmers on behalf
of the Ghana Cocoa Board.

Stanbic said in a statement yesterday that the increased financing will enable the LBCs and other purchasing
firms to improve their financial management, reduce the overall cost of financing the procurement of cocoa
beans, and result in an increased volume of cocoa purchased from farmers.

―IFC‘s guarantee facility will help Stanbic Ghana meet the growing funding needs of the ank‘s clients in the
cocoa subsector and enable them to adequately prepare for the coming crop season ‖ said Alhassan Andani
Stanbic Ghana‘s anaging Director.

― his facility is a vote of confidence in Stanbic Ghana‘s cocoa sector lending programme.‖

―Supporting the cocoa sector in Ghana and other West African countries is a priority for IFC.

 he sector has the potential to create significant rural employment and generate income ‖ said Oscar
Chemerinski, IFC Director for Global Agribusiness Department.

The IFC creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.

It fosters sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development,
mobilising private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments.

Its new investments totalled $16.2 billion in fiscal 2008, a 34 per cent increase over the previous year.

Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited is a member of the Standard Bank Group, a large banking group rooted in Africa
and reaching out to all corners of the world.

The bank offers a wide range of financial products and services in personal, business, corporate, and investment
banking.

It proactively provides solutions for its clients through creative people and effective technology and comes up
with a solution for every banking need.

In Ghana, the bank operates 21 branches located in Accra and other regional capitals.



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Starbucks and Hershey's end partnership to offer premium chocolate
Examiner.com - Jul 3        9
Starbucks premium Mocha Dark ChocolateHershey said Thursday that will no longer market the Starbucks
brand of premium chocolate reported CNNMoney.com. Not only are consumers spending less on specialty
coffee during this recession but it appears they‘re spending less on high-end chocolate as well.

Starbucks and Hershey announced their partnership to offer a premium chocolate back in 2007. The goal was to
have expert chocolatiers develop ―products that translate Starbucks coffee-house flavors into delicious and
distinct chocolate products‖ according to a July press release. ut the timing was bad because the economy
started to turn soon after.

During a Thursday conference call, Hershey Chief Executive David West stated,

The timing of the launch of the Starbucks proposition, frankly, we just missed the window. Our partner
obviously had some other business challenges and the consumer at that price point wasn't sustainable."

The one positive coming out of the Hershey / Starbucks relationship was the further development of Starbucks
Cocoa Practices. The Cocoa Practices were developed based on the foundation of Starbucks C.A.F.E. (Coffee
and Farmer Equity) Practices, the Company's ethical coffee sourcing guidelines. The program is designed to
evaluate and recognize producers of high-quality, sustainably grown cocoa. To become a Cocoa Practices
supplier, farmers, processors and exporters must meet minimum requirements and demonstrate best practices
which are subject to independent verification under the guidelines. Hershey and Starbucks worked together to
pilot a two-year program and implement these practices.

Even with the end of the Starbucks partnership, hopefully, Hershey will continue its commitment to promoting
sustainable cocoa farming.

Malaysia Agribusiness Report Q3 2009
Malaysia Agribusiness Report Q3 2009 - new market report just published
2009-07-23 17:57:02 - Malaysia Agribusiness Report Q3 2009 - a new market research report on
companiesandmarkets.com
www.companiesandmarkets.com/Summary-Market-Report/malaysia-agrib ..
While the agricultural sector will not be as hard hit as other sectors, such as manufacturing, in the current
downturn, falling demand for some of Malaysia´s key agricultural exports like rubber and palm oil will see the
value of the sector fall.

As Malaysia´s economy contracts this year and jobs are lost in the cities, the agricultural sector will see an
influx of new workers this year as laid-off employees return to their villages. The agriculture ministry has
launched a programme offering low-interest loans to new entrants into the sector to begin small-scale
production.

Despite the myriad distractions posed by the economic downturn and political difficulties currently being faced
by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)-led coalition, support for the agricultural sector will
remain strong under the new Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Government interest in improving productivity in the sector was boosted by the ´food crisis´ of 2008 as the cost
of Malaysia´s key food imports of rice and corn soared. The crisis also moved the focus more onto food
production and away from Malaysia´s stronger sectors of rubber and palm oil.

While the food self-sufficiency worries of last year could easily be overshadowed by the current woes of the
important export sector, the government´s need to sure up its support should see interest in the sector continue.
The UNMO´s Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition is seeing the toughest challenge yet to its monopoly
on power and Prime Minister Najib knows that he needs to keep his base among ethnic Malays on side.

It seems likely that more funding will be given to agriculture this year following the allocation of an extra
MYR5.6bn to improving food security in February by the previous prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi. The 10th Malaysia Plan, beginning in 2011, will also provide more funds to agriculture.



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Though food security has been the main issue for the agriculture ministry of late, the Malaysian International
Cocoa Fair held in May brought focus onto Malaysia´s cocoa sector. Malaysian cocoa bean production has
plummeted over the past couple of decades, falling from almost 250,000 tonnes at the start of the 1990s to under
30,000 tonnes last year. This has been driven mainly by producers, particularly large estates, switching to oil
palms which are hardier and have offered better returns.

While primary production has been plummeting, Malaysia´s cocoa grinders have been growing from strength to
strength and in 2008 the country imported 523,926 tonnes of cocoa beans. The imbalance between Malaysia´s
valuable grinding industry and its increasingly insignificant domestic cocoa bean production is causing worries
within the industry. Indonesia, Malaysia´s chief supplier of cocoa beans, was last year hit by a devastating
disease outbreak, increasing concern about security of the imports needed to fuel Malaysia´s cocoa processing.

While the grindings sector will suffer in 2009 as the worldwide recession causes demand for chocolate to fall,
we expect cocoa bean production to begin to see a turnaround. There is little chance of the large cocoa estates
being re-established, but the government, through the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB), has been encouraging
smallholders to move into cocoa growing. Subsidies are on offer for new or rejuvenated cocoa plantations and
the MCB has been implementing programmes to improve productivity through training and the distribution of
high-yielding plants.

While any recovery will undoubtedly be slow, and production is unlikely to see again the heights of 20 years
ago, it looks like Malaysian cocoa production will be saved from dwindling down to nothing.


 Labour Issues


 Environmental Issues
. Fair Trade Chocolate Hits the Mainstream
Green iz - Sarah erry-Cobo - Jul            9
By Sarah Terry-Cobo
OAKLAND, Calif. -- An announcement from a major chocolatier is giving social justice advocates something to
smile about. Cadbury proclaimed its popular Dairy Milk chocolate bar sold in the U.K. will now contain 100
percent Fair Trade certified cocoa, harvested sustainably from farms in Ghana.

Fair Trade certification is similar to organic certification in that it is verified by a third party and ensures that
environmentally sustainable farming practices are employed. In addition, the Fair Trade system emphasizes a
                        minimum price guarantee and other economic and social benefits, such as ensuring the
                        workers receive a living wage, and a portion of the profits are invested in community
                        development projects including building schools, roads or water wells.

                        The company reports it will increase the amount of Fair Trade certified cocoa purchased
                        from Ghana to 15,000 metric tons (16,534 tons US), a threefold increase from what the
                        country currently sells, Cadbury said in a statement. This growth in fair trade cocoa
                        production is significant because last year global sales were slightly more than 10,000
                        metric tons, according to the annual report by the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations
                        International.

The popular Dairy Milk bars will soon be available in more than 30,000 retail outlets, without an increase in
price and while maintaining the same taste, the company reports.

Trevor Bond, managing director of Cadbury Britain and Ireland said in a prepared statement that research shows
one factor that prevents people from purchasing fair trade products is the perception of higher price.
"This creates a tipping point for Fair Trade with Fair Trade Cadbury Dairy Milk bars available to all, with the
same great taste and at no extra cost," Bond said in a statement.




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According to Cadbury, the company is investing £45 million (about $74 million) over the next 10 years to
secure sustainably harvested cocoa from Ghana. The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership was developed through the
United Nations Development Program.

Cadbury is not the only major chocolatier with sweet news for farmers and fairtrade-hungry shoppers.

Mars, Inc., headquartered in McLean, VA, reports it has contracted its first batch of sustainably harvested cocoa
beans, certified by UTZ. Similar to other sustainable certifications, UTZ "helps coffee growers to be more
professional and competitive in production and selling, and it enables coffee brands to incorporate and credibly
demonstrate responsibility in their entire product range," according to the company's website.

One of the leading chocolate makers in the U.S., Mars announced in April plans to source cocoa for all of its
products from sustainably harvested farms by 2020. In addition to working with UTZ Certified cocoa, Mars
announced it will source some of its cocoa from suppliers that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certification symbol,
which also certifies agricultural crops grown in an environmentally friendly manner.

In a statement timed to the announcement of ars‘ sustainable cocoa commitment
Paul Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer of TransFair USA said Mars' is
proof that consumers want to hold companies accountable for how products are
developed and sourced. The Oakland-based non-profit is the only third-party
certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S

"We applaud what Mars is doing and we hope the company isn't done," said Rice in
a statement.

"While sustainable farm practices are very important, going forward, we hope Mars
will also take a look at ensuring cocoa farmer protection and make a goal of
providing a better future for farmers by ensuring that they receive fair wages," Rice
continued.

Mainstream access to Fair Trade certified products is important, said Katie Barrow, a representative for
TransFair USA, because it allows small producers to access a portion of the market where they are competing
against                                      large-scale                                         plantations.

"The more Fair Trade certified products are available and the bigger the demand there is of fair trade, the more
producers will feel the impact," Barrow said.

According to Rice, retail sales of certified Fair Trade products has grown to $1 billion in the U.S. In addition,
nearly 2,000 metric tons of cocoa were sold in the U.S. last year, almost twice the amount from 2007, according
to an annual report by the organization.


Chocolate lovers can feel less guilty after Dairy Milk goes Fairtrade
  elegraph.co.uk - Louise Gray - Jul        9
More than one in seven chocolate bars sold in Britain will be Fairtrade from now on after Cadbury Dairy Milk
became the latest big name to sign up to the ethical label.
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation, said people can feel better about eating chocolate
Photo: PA
The company decided to source ingredients from producers that pay farmers a fair price some months ago but it
is only this week that the new Fairtrade Dairy Milk bars will be available.

Around 300 million bars of Dairy Milk are sold in Britain every year – around 12 per cent of the British
chocolate market. Fairtrade chocolate currently makes up a further 3 per cent of sales.

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomed the move as a "milestone" in the movement after other major brands such
as PG Tips, Nescafe and McDonald's started using Fairtrade products.



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The value of Dairy Milk sales alone will boost overall Fairtrade sales in Britain by 25 per cent from the current
level of around £700 million. It will boost sales of Fairtrade chocolate from 3per cent to 15 per cent of British
chocolate sales.

In Ghana, where Cadbury sources most of its cocoa, it will effectively triple the amount of cocoa sold under
Fairtrade terms from around 5,000 to 15,000 tonnes a year.

Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation, said people can feel better about eating chocolate.

"This is a real milestone for Fairtrade and for cocoa growers in Ghana.

"Cadbury Dairy Milk will create a step change in awareness of Fairtrade here in the UK, while in Ghana it could
potentially transform the lives and opportunities for thousands of people in cocoa growing communities.

"From today, lovers of Cadbury Dairy Milk will be able to make their purchase in the knowledge that they are
supporting a brighter future for very small-scale cocoa farmers, their families and their villages."

The Cadbury factory in Bournville, Birmingham, has begun churning out 9,000 bars an hour, and should put 300
million on the shelves in a year.

Ghana: Cadbury's Fairtrade Certification to Boost Cocoa Farming
AllAfrica.com - Jul 4     9
Cadbury Dairy Milk launched its new Fairtrade-certified chocolate bars on Tuesday July 21, becoming the first
mass market chocolate to gain certification from the Fairtrade Foundation. The independent FAIRTRADE Mark
appears prominently on the new packaging, and will bring the logo into millions more homes in the UK for the
first time.

The Fairtrade Cadbury Dairy Milk bars demonstrates the ongoing commitment by both Cadbury and the
Fairtrade Foundation to secure the economic, social and environmental sustainability of cocoa farming
communities in Ghana. It builds upon the work of the groundbreaking Cadbury Cocoa Partnership (CCP), which
was launched in 2008.

Cadbury has committed to offering the new Fairtrade bar at no extra cost, and with no change to the taste.
Research carried out by the Fairtrade Foundation1 revealed that the two biggest barriers to increased purchase of
Fairtrade products in the UK are lack of availability or visibility in-store and perceptions of price.

Trevor Bond, MD of Cadbury Britain and Ireland says, "Having announced our intention to achieve Fairtrade
certification for our flagship brand, Cadbury Dairy Milk, only a few months ago, it is exciting that these bars are
now rolling off the production lines in Bournville. This creates a tipping point for Fairtrade with Fairtrade
Cadbury Dairy Milk bars available to all, with the same great taste and at no extra cost. I've seen the new bars
and I feel enormous pride that we are the first mainstream confectionery product in the UK to display the
FAIRTRADE Mark.

Fairtrade Cadbury Dairy Milk is the start of a new dawn for Fairtrade and for Cadbury. We will continue to
work together to explore what else is possible with other brands and in other markets."

Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, says, "This is a real milestone for Fairtrade and
for cocoa growers in Ghana. Cadbury Dairy Milk will create a step change in awareness of Fairtrade here in the
UK, whilst in Ghana, it could potentially transform the lives and opportunities for thousands of people in cocoa
growing communities. From today, lovers of Cadbury Dairy Milk will be able to make their purchase in the
knowledge that they are supporting a brighter future for very small scale cocoa farmers, their families and their
villages."

In a matter of months, Cadbury has moved from announcing its plans for Fairtrade certification, to
manufacturing Fairtrade chocolate. Realising this commitment will accelerate Fairtrade into the mainstream,
whilst tripling the amount of cocoa sold under Fairtrade terms in Ghana from approximately 5,000 to 15,000
tonnes.




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Cadbury Dairy Milk Fairtrade is part of Cadbury's broader commitment to develop a sustainable business
strategy to empower farmers to invest in their land and their communities. Through the Cadbury Cocoa
Partnership (CCP), Cadbury is investing 45 million pounds over the next ten years to secure sustainable cocoa
farming in Ghana, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean where the cocoa farming industry is facing increasing
challenges. So far, the CCP's partnership model with charities and NGOs on the ground in Ghana has achieved
the following:

    A Ghana board has been set up with power to make CCP decisions there and includes partners at grass roots
     level who know and understand their communities needs
    Through grass roots partnerships with Care, VSO and World Vision, the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership is now
     active in 100 Ghanaian communities
    Last year alone, Cadbury built a well a day in Ghanaian communities - 365 wells which help families and
     children spend time on education and health programmes instead of digging for water
    Cadbury estimate that by 2018, through today's announcements and the CCP, it will have made a
     demonstrable difference to the lives of around half a million farmers in Cadbury's cocoa markets.

The new packaging for the Fairtrade Cadbury Dairy Milk bars will also contain the London 2012 Olympics
logo, to reflect Cadbury's sponsorship of the Games. (Footnotes)


    Research & Development

Wanted: Women to eat chocolate for a year
(AFP) – Jul 23, 2009
LONDON — Scientists are looking for women willing to eat chocolate every day for a year -- all in the name of
medical science.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and a hospital in Norwich, eastern England are trying to find out
whether chocolate can cut the risk of heart disease and need 40 women to step forward and help.

Most of the women will have to eat two bars of "super-strength chocolate specially formulated by Belgian
chocolatiers" daily for one year and undergo several tests to measure how healthy their hearts are.

The others will have to eat regular chocolate as a placebo.

One possible catch, for chocolate fans spotting an opportunity: volunteers for the research should be menopausal
but aged under 75 and have type two diabetes.

Study coordinator Peter Curtis said: "A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to
improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease."

Chocolate heaven – low fat and it doesn’t melt
 imes Online - Jul 5     9
Chris Gourlay
IT could be the perfect summer chocolate. Swiss scientists say they have stumbled upon the formula for a
chocolate which doesn‘t melt in your hands — while also being ultra low fat.

The Zurich-based firm Barry Callebaut claims its Vulcano chocolate can withstand heat up to 55C, nearly
double the temperature at which normal chocolate melts, while containing 90% fewer calories.

Vulcano will be sold as an ingredient to confectionary giants such as Nestlé and Cadbury‘s meaning anti-melt
and low-calorie versions of household brands such as Kit Kat and Dairy Milk could go on sale within two years.

Although the firm is keeping the formula secret, experts believe its scientists may have substituted some cocoa
butter — which is fatty and melts at about 30C — with starch. Previous attempts at creating melt-proof
chocolates have resulted in unappealing, rock-hard bars.




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―Like many great discoveries our engineers actually stumbled upon the technique by accident ‖ said a
spokeswoman for arry Callebaut the world‘s largest chocolatier. She added that the texture is ―more crispy
than creamy‖.

The firm has dropped clues to the technique by revealing that the chocolate melts as a result of contact with
enzymes in saliva, rather than the warmth of our mouths.

Steve Cadwallader, a British food consultant, said that the reaction with enzymes suggests that starches may
have been added to the chocolate.

― he enzymes in saliva act on starch in the same way that they act on bread and cause the food to dissolve and
release the fats and flavours ‖ said Cadwallader. ―Starches would also lead to the ‗crunchy‘ feel.

―It is interesting that Callebaut claim they have maintained the full flavour even though they have reduced cocoa
butter. It‘s the food technologists‘ holy grail.‖



 Promotion
Free chocolate from Mars on Friday
KATU - Jennifer Meacham - Jul 4    9
By Jennifer Meacham

                                          It's free "real chocolate" Friday for the first 250,000 who sign up with
                                          Mars International's giveaway site.
                                          It's free "real chocolate" Friday for candy-bar maker Mars
                                          International. Until Sept. 25, the first 250,000 people who register at
                                          the Mars' giveaway site every Friday get free candy bar coupons.
                                          Each household can get up to four coupons, though only one per
                                          Friday. Coupons mailed as a postcard and are redeemable for
                                          one regular-size package of any M&M, Milky Way, Snickers, 3
                                          Musketeers, Twix or Dove branded chocolate up to 75 cents. Not a
                                          big prize, but a free treat nonetheless.
Meanwhile, registrants also can vote (up to 5 times per IP address) for one of the eligible metropolitan areas in
the United States, including Bend, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford and Portland in Oregon. (Southwest
Washington cities are apparently not eligible.) The city receiving the most votes between now and Aug. 31 will
have 50,000 chocolate bars delivered to "a central place." The city winner will be announced on the Mars.com
site by Sept. 8.

Mars Chocolate to Use Only Certified Cocoa by 2020
Source: Reuters
New York, July 21 - Mars Inc, a privately held U.S. chocolate maker, said Tuesday it signed a contract this
week to buy its first certified beans from a harvest later this year, a move toward its longer-term goal to use
sustainably grown cocoa for all of its chocolate by 2020. In a press release, the McLean, Virginia-based candy
maker also said it would purchase 100,000 tonnes of UTZ Certified cocoa annually by 2020.

UTZ Certified has become the leading standard for ethically grown coffee and is now developing a certification
and traceability program for sustainable cocoa and tea.

In April, Mars also committed to purchasing another 100,000 tonnes of cocoa from Rainforest Alliance certified
cocoa farms.

Mars said it is working with certifying partners, such as UTZ and Rainforest Alliance, cocoa farming
communities, cocoa sector governments and national institutes to increase sustainable farming practices and
certified cocoa supplies. "We invite the entire cocoa industry to work towards the broad adoption of sustainable
cocoa farming practices," said Grant Reid, Mars Global Chocolate president.




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Mars will continue to work with certifying organizations like UTZ Certified and the Rainforest Alliance to
achieve its 2020 goal of using entirely certified, sustainably grown cocoa, the company said.


    Others
Ode to chocolates
   alaysia Star - Jul 5   9
SINCE it was introduced to Europe in the 16th century, and from there to the rest of the world, chocolate has
become so entrenched in people‘s lives that it is now not just seen as food but also as an important economic
and cultural product. In countries that produce the cacao beans from which chocolate is extracted people‘s
livelihood depends on it.

In some others, the imagery of chocolate has been used in creative works such as books and films. Two that
come to mind are Like Water For Chocolate (a 1989 Laura Esquivel novel that was later turned into a film in
1993), and Chocolat, a 2000 movie starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.

And it has even been taken up as names, like English pop group Hot Chocolate, and India-based hotel group,
Chocolate Hotels.

Some historical facts (from Wikipedia): Archaeological evidence indicates that the earliest use of cacao was as
an alcoholic beverage. The Aztecs of South America associated chocolate with Xochiquetzal, the goddess of
fertility. Chocolate was consumed in a bitter, spicy drink called xocoltl, often seasoned with vanilla, chilli
pepper, and achiote (food colouring).

It wasn‘t until the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs that chocolate could be imported to Europe where it quickly
became a court favourite. The first recorded shipment to Europe for commercial purposes was in a shipment
from Veracruz to Sevilla in 1585. It was still served as a beverage, but the Europeans added sugar and milk to
counteract the natural bitterness and removed the chilli pepper, replacing it with another Mexican indigenous
spice, vanilla.

By the second half of the seventeenth century, chocolate was introduced into England. The first chocolate house
opened in London in 1657. In 1689, noted physician and collector Hans Sloane developed a milk chocolate
drink in Jamaica which was initially used by apothecaries, but later sold to the Cadbury brothers.

And then there are the numerous quotable quotes which almost always bring a smile to anyone who reads them.
Following are a sample:

    Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don‘t need an appointment.
    Eating chocolate can have significant influences on mood, generally leading to an increase in pleasant
     feelings and a reduction in tension. – Peter Rogers, Ph.D., Institute of Food Research

    When no one understands you, chocolate is there.
    The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea
     and coffee in America which it has in Spain. – Thomas Jefferson
       omma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you‘re gonna get. – Forrest
     Gump
    Chocolate makes everyone smile – even bankers. – Ben Strohecker, chocolatier
    If they don‘t have chocolate in heaven I ain‘t going.
    Save the Earth! (It‘s the only planet with chocolate.)




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TIT BITS
(Source: Business Recorder – www.brecorder.com)

Commodity prices rebound
LONDON (July 26, 2009): Commodity markets                US MIDDAY: coffee, sugar and cocoa jump
rebounded last week on expectations that the US          NEW YORK (July 24, 2009): Summaries of the
economy will haul itself out of recession and spur       ICE Futures US cocoa, coffee and sugar markets
demand for raw materials. Upbeat US company              during midday trade on Thursday. September
results and rising home sales fuelled optimism that      arabica coffee contract climbed 3.85 cents to
the world's biggest energy consuming nation may          $1.2395 per lb by 11:00 am EDT (1500 GMT).
soon emerge from the downturn. "Commodity                Session range from $1.1965 to $1.2425. Weaker
index returns have continued their upward march          dollar and short-covering power market rally, said
over the past week," said Deutsche Bank research         traders.
analyst Michael Lewis.
                                                         US MIDDAY: coffee and cocoa slide; sugar up
Cameroon cocoa exports up                                NEW YORK (July 23, 2009): Summaries of the
YAOUNDE (July 26, 2009): Cameroon exported               ICE Futures US cocoa, coffee and sugar markets
173,992 tonnes of cocoa beans in the first 11            early on Wednesday. September arabica coffee
months of the 2008-09 season, up 9.6 percent on          contract dove 3.20 cents to $1.193 per lb at 11:02
the same period last year, National cocoa and            am EDT (1502 GMT). Session range from $1.1635
Coffee Board (NCCB) figures showed on Friday.            to $1.233. Investor liquidation deflates market, said
The data, which was confirmed by the cocoa and           traders.
Coffee Interprofessional Board (CCIB), showed
that Cameroon exported 4,635 tonnes of beans in          London cocoa slides
June compared to 3,681 tonnes in May.                    LONDON (July 23, 2009): London cocoa futures
                                                         plunged over 4 percent on Wednesday as longs
Sugar and cocoa jump in London                           liquidated positions in a technical correction,
LONDON (July 25, 2009): Raw sugar futures hit            traders said. Sugar futures were little changed, with
fresh three-year peaks on Friday on expectations of      raws seen braced for a fresh rally spurred by
larger Indian imports, while cocoa edged up and          expectations of strong Indian import demand, while
arabica coffee eased. October white sugar closed         coffee fell pressured by a firm dollar.
$5 up at $479.90 a tonne, in sympathy with raws
which traded around three-year peaks on                  London coffee dips; sugar and cocoa consolidate
expectations of strong Indian import demand.             LONDON (July 22, 2009): Robusta coffee futures
                                                         fell on origin selling on Tuesday, while sugar and
US MIDDAY: sugar at fresh high, coffee down              cocoa consolidated as traders took stock of a
NEW YORK (July 25, 2009): Summaries of the               Reuters television interview in which two analysts
ICE Futures US cocoa, coffee and sugar markets.          said raw sugar could scale new peaks. Robustas
September arabica coffee contract dropped 0.30           dropped on producer selling and on a chart-led
cent to $1.2425 per lb at 11:02 am EDT (1502             correction to Monday's strong performance, dealers
GMT). Session range from $1.2365 to $1.254.              said.
Profit-taking leads to small losses in the market,
said traders. October raw sugar contract gained          US MIDDAY: coffee, sugar and cocoa up
0.16 cent at 18.42 cents per lb at 11:03 am.             NEW YORK (July 22, 2009): Summaries of the
                                                         ICE Futures US cocoa, coffee and sugar markets
London cocoa rallies sharply; sugar and coffee           early on Tuesday. September arabica coffee
up                                                       contract up 0.85 cent at $1.2315 per lb at 11 am
LONDON (July 24, 2009): December cocoa settled           EDT (1500 GMT). Session range from $1.211 to
67 pounds higher at 1,835 pounds a tonne on index        $1.235. Arabica futures gain on buying by
fund and investor buying and short covering,             speculative accounts, said traders.
dealers said on Thursday. Raw sugar futures
touched three-year peaks on Thursday on prospects        London cocoa, sugar and coffee rally
that India may boost imports, while ICE cocoa            LONDON (July 21, 2009): cocoa, sugar and coffee
rallied 5 percent on short covering and fund             futures rallied on Monday on a weak dollar and
buying, and coffee rose on a soft dollar.                stronger oil prices, with ICE cocoa surging to a 5-
                                                         month peak on likely system fund buying on the


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back of better-than-expected North American grind     Arabica futures push higher on investor short-
data. December cocoa settled 36 pounds higher at      covering, said traders.
1,818 pounds a tonne, having touched a 15-week         Ivory Coast cocoa rigion rains ease, concern
high of 1,840 pounds a tonne earlier, as traders      remains
responded to better-than-expected North American      ABIDJAN (July 21, 2009): Rains eased in some of
grind data.                                           Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions last
                                                      week, reversing a recent trend which has
US MIDDAY: cocoa, coffee and sugar rise               encouraged the spread of disease and damaged
NEW YORK (July 21, 2009): Summaries of the            bean quality, farmers said on Monday. In the
ICE Futures US cocoa, coffee and sugar markets        centre-western region of Daloa, which produces a
early on Monday. September arabica coffee up 1.80     quarter of national output in the world's biggest
cents at $1.205 per lb at 11:01 am EDT (1501          grower, farmers reported two light rains which they
GMT). Session range from $1.188 to $1.208.            said would be good for the growth of small pods.




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      25 reasons to take cocoa products
1. Loaded with more than 300 chemically identifiable compounds
2. Reduces blood pressure
3. Lowers cholesterol
4. Improves insulin levels
5. Contributes to weight loss
6. Loaded with antioxidants
7. Contains fiber
8. Cleanses and detoxifies
9. Strengthens blood vessels
10.Builds cells
11.Supplies crucial minerals
12.Scavenges free radicals
13.Helps fight cancer
14.Fights cellular mutation
15.Restores antioxidant power
16.Strengthens memory
17.Filled with essential oils
18.Strengthens the heart
19.Inhibits platelet formation
20.Boosts sense of well being
21.Rich in fiber and iron
22.Fights dental decay
23.Tastes great
24.Boost sex appetite (Aphrodisiac)
25.Provides energy




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