For a second summer, Nestle is offering Girl Scout Candy Bars based on cookie flavors sold by Girl Scouts. The bars, in Thin Mints, Caramel & Coconut and Peanut Butter Creme varieties, will be sold in stores June through September.
Nestle announced 30 social and environmental responsibility goals it plans to meet by 2020, including a switch to sustainable palm oil and cuts to emissions and water use. "We fundamentally believe our company can only be successful over time if we also create value for society," said CEO Paul Bulcke.
Scientists say they have developed a new method for aerating chocolate, using "the foaming ability of phospholipids." The team of Chinese researchers found that concentrated phospholipids of soybean were best at creating bubbles in the chocolate.
SunOpta International Foods said it will build a cocoa processing facility in the Netherlands, for organic and specialty processing of 9,000 tons of cocoa per year. "This dedicated organic and specialty cocoa facility adds to our value-added processing capabilities in our International Foods Group and increases our capacity to service this fast growing market segment," said CEO Steve Bromley.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture may buy 400,000 tons of sugar to prevent prices from falling and assist sugar processors who have borrowed more than $860 million as part of the current sugar program. "If the USDA has to intervene ... we're going to be unfairly leaving consumers and businesses on the hook to foot the bill and that is unacceptable," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who co-sponsored a bill to grant the agency more freedom in handling the sugar program. The agency might opt not to act if sugar prices rebound on their own, according to USDA economist Barbara Fecso.