Work is set to begin in early 2014 on a plan to convert the former Cadbury factory at Somerdale in the U.K. to a mixed-use development with 700 homes, shops, a sports facility, a healthcare center, community facilities and a school. "There were multiple challenges to overcome, particularly meeting sustainability criteria at the same time as providing solutions that would meet the development’s needs," said Neil Brant, project manager with consulting engineer WSP.
Reclosable Easy-Lock pouches from Aplix are better than zip-locks for confectionery because crumbs won't impede the closing mechanism, said Quresh Sachee, vice president, global sales and marketing. "When particulates get caught in the tract, some of the other zip closure systems have a hard time resealing. Ours does not have that problem."
Dry sweeteners from ADM Milling are easier to use than liquid sweeteners in many applications, said Brook Carson, director of research and development. "Dry sweeteners have been converted into a free-flowing powder that has similar granulation to sugar," she said. "It can be easily scaled when using in food applications."
Cargill announced it will continue its Rural Development Program, which provides training for cocoa farmers in seven developing countries. The program, which also addresses hunger and child labor, originally was five years and a $10 million investment; Cargill is adding three years and $7.5 million.
A study from the Nestle Research Centre concludes the shape of chocolate influences the perception of taste and mouthfeel. The study pointed toward future shapes for the company, with researchers noting "wing" and "sail" shapes are best for flavor, while round and rectangular shapes provide optimal texture.