ADM Cocoa is focusing its research and development efforts on combining chocolate with savory flavors and adding micronutrients like calcium. "Cocoa continues to be associated with sweet-tasting foods; however, more and more cocoa products are evolving to include a savory touch," said Rinus Heemskerk, global director of innovation. The company also has developed the deZaan Fresco Cacao cocoa powder line for use in yogurts and cheese.
To ensure that the cocoa used in Mars, Snickers and M&M candies is certified as sustainably sourced by 2020, Mars in the U.K. will spend millions of dollars. "Cocoa is a volatile commodity. We want to secure our long-term sourcing," said Fiona Dawson, managing director of Mars UK.
Dolce Bella, based in Saratoga, Calif., won for "most luxurious chocolate experience" at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon. It also snagged runner-up for most gifted chocolatier, top artisan chocolatier and best in salon.
Cadbury's Dairy Milk, the biggest-selling chocolate brand in the U.K., announced its cocoa will now come from fair-trade farmers in Ghana. The move is considered a major victory for the fair-trade movement.