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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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