06 Feb 2013 --- ADM Cocoa has completed the expansion of its production capabilities at its cocoa processing facility in Singapore. The expansion, which involved the upgrading of existing equipment as well as the installation of new machinery, will increase the total output of cocoa products by about 17 percent.
6 Feb 2013 --- The new processing capacity will help ADM Cocoa to meet growing customer demand for its premium quality deZaan cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa mass (liquor) across Asia. The Singapore site is also home to one of ADM Cocoa’s Advantage Centres, an R&D resource centre where customers work directly with ADM’s cocoa experts on innovative product developments. The facility also serves as a training centre, where customers can learn more about product applications, formulations and cocoa sustainability efforts undertaken by ADM Cocoa and other stakeholders.
“Consumer interest in cocoa and chocolate products is growing across Asia, with particularly strong demand in emerging markets such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines,” explains Yeong Chye, Managing Director, ADM Cocoa Asia. “We continue to enhance our deZaan range of cocoa ingredients to meet customer demand for innovative cocoa product solutions.
“The past year has seen a number of upgrades to our processing equipment and we are delighted to announce that the work is now complete. The increased processing capacity, paired with the technical support in our new Advantage Centre, will help us to better serve our customers in supporting their growth.”
Hershey-Sponsored CocoaLink Program Hits 40,000 Mark For Registered Farmers in Ghana
04 Dec 2013 --- The Hershey Company has announced that more than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have now registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information that benefits families and the entire farming community.
Mondelez International to Invest $190 Million in Largest Plant in Asia Pacific
03 Dec 2013 --- Mondelez International announced plans to invest $190 million in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to establish the company's largest manufacturing plant in Asia Pacific. The 134-acre multicategory food campus in Sri City will have annual capacity of 250,000 tons in the end state and will be the largest chocolate manufacturing plant in India. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2015.
Food Ingredients News
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GrainCorp CEO Transition
02 Dec 2013 --- GrainCorp announced that Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Alison Watkins had advised the Board of her intention to resign to pursue a new opportunity in the corporate sector.