Inside Coffee & Cocoa International, November 2014...
- Kenco hopes coffee – not crime – will pay off in Honduras
- Ritter Sport secures supply chain by buying cocoa farm
- World Coffee Research uses new varieties to test climate compatibility
- Ebola outbreak shuts down cocoa farming in Sierra Leone
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|COCOA FLAVANOLS REVERSE MEMORY DECLINE|
Cocoa flavanols reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center scientists.
|GEOTRACEABILITY COLLABORATES WITH CARANA|
GeoTraceability says it is acting as a technical partner in a new CARANA Corporation-managed Global Development Alliance project in Uganda.
|FIRE STRIKES GERMAN COCOA PLANT|
Cocoa roasting at the Schokinag processing plant in Germany owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has been "temporarily suspended" after a fire at the factory.
|ICCO ISSUES STATEMENT ON EBOLA AND COCOA SECTOR|
At this difficult time the ICCO is firmly supportive of all ongoing efforts in the prevention and eradication of this disease in the region.
|WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES VARIETY MAKE?|
Can a coffee variety bred for performance match a natural variety in aroma, fragrance, and taste? WCR and CRS are partnering to find out in a sensory trial conducted in Colombia.
|CQI LAUNCHES GENDER INITIATIVE|
The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) in the US is spearheading a collaborative research initiative to better understand the effects of gender inequality on coffee production.
|FORTIFIED COFFEE COULD IMPROVE HEALTH|
Scientists at Rio de Janeiro University say they believe that coffee could be fortified with minerals and 'micronutrients' in order to improve health.
|STUDY SAYS ACRYLAMIDE IN COFFEE NOT A HEALTH RISK|
Researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany have concluded that acrylamide formed in coffee when it is roasted is not a risk to human health.
|NO SLOWDOWN IN RATE OF DEFORESTATION DUE TO COFFEE|
Global coffee production is growing by about 2 per cent annually, but it is not clear where this extra coffee is coming from.
|CLIMATE CHANGE COULD AFFECT BOTH ARABICA AND ROBUSTA|
Scientists at CIAT in Colombia say climate change will adversely affect production of Arabica and Robusta in coming years, to the detriment of current dominant producers.
|CQI AND WORLD COFFEE RESEARCH JOIN FORCES|
WCR and CQI have announced the formation of a coalition. The two organizations, whose missions are closely aligned, have agreed to work together towards a common goal of quality improvement and research.
|CLIMATE CHANGE COULD HAVE BIG IMPACT ON BRAZIL|
A paper presented at the 2014 ASIC conference in Colombia in September suggests that climate change could one day make much of Brazil unsuitable for coffee farming.
|KEY ROLE FOR ICO RESPONDING TO CLIMATE CHANGE|
The International Coffee Organization to play a leading role in alerting the world to the challenge posed to coffee from climate change and in helping stakeholders to meet it.
|UK MAINTAINS LOW PROFILE IN COMMODITY SECTOR|
The British government is having to face up to the prospect that two of the world's most prestigious international commodity organizations may shut up shop in London.
|WORLD COFFEE RESEARCH SHIPS FIRST PLANTLETS|
The first shipment of coffee plantlets from WCR to test farms in 19 countries is being distributed, marking a major milestone for the International Multi-Location Variety Trial.
|EBOLA FORCES AGITERRA TO CURTAIL COCOA ACTIVITY|
As a result of the Ebola outbreak and the associated precautionary restrictions on travelling in Sierra Leone, the company has curtailed its activities in the region.
|IMPACT OF EBOLA COULD BE "CATASTROPHIC"|
The economic impact of the Ebola epidemic could grow eight-fold, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to the already fragile states, says World Bank.
|REGULATORS INCREASING FOCUS ON CAFFEINE|
The NCA in the US says there is a growing focus by regulators on caffeine, which recently led it to file comments with the Food and Drug Administration.
|DIVERSITY GENERATES HIGHER RETURNS|
The World Agroforestry Centre says diversifying production could help cocoa farmers in West and Central Africa increase the value of their agroforestry systems.
|HERSHEY EXPANDS LEARN TO GROW PROGRAMME|
The Hershey Company has unveiled a three-year programme expanding its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in Cote d'Ivoire.
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