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Saturday, April 28, 2007 

Chocolate News...Not All Delicious

FDA received more than 225 comments on a petition to change the standard for chocolate products. The proposal would make it possible to call something chocolate even if it had vegetable oil instead of cacao fat, reported - Full Story

Meanwhile, the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, which co-signed the petition along with several industry group,
emphasized that it "has not endorsed any particular changes to the standards of identity for chocolate products." - Full Story

The Hershey Company
and Barry Callebaut formed a strategic supply and innovation partnership,
a move both firms say will accelerate long-term growth in the global chocolate market . Under the agreement, Barry Callebaut will construct and operate a facility to provide chocolate for Hershey's new plant in Monterrey, Mexico. Barry Callebaut will also lease a portion of Hershey's Robinson, IL, plant and operate chocolate-making equipment at the facility. The partnership includes a long-term global agreement under which Barry Callebaut will supply Hershey with a minimum of 80,000 metric tons per year of chocolate and chocolate products.- Full Story

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