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2010-09-14 23:01:00

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mars, Incorporated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and IBM released the preliminary findings of their breakthrough cacao genome sequence and made it available in the public domain. This is the result of a joint research endeavor to improve the cocoa growing process and represents a successful private/public partnership for the benefit of the world's cocoa farmers, and a more sustainable world cocoa...

2010-06-02 09:49:00

CARSON CITY, Nev., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Fruitology, Inc., a leading developer of high quality, distinctive, wholesome beverages and supplements, is pleased to announce Cacao Dark Chocolate -- a weight management liquid supplement with a rich, decadent chocolate taste designed to satisfy one's sweet tooth while making you feel fuller faster and resulting in weight loss. The twice-daily supplement, which is free of preservatives, corn syrup and other fillers, will soon be available in the...

2010-05-04 04:00:00

Five-Year Program to Reach Nearly 30,000 Smallholder Farmers in Cameroon YAOUNDE, Cameroon, May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a ceremony held in Yaounde, the World Cocoa Foundation launched the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) in Cameroon. The ceremony was timed to coincide with Cameroon's celebration of 50 years of independence. The program is managed by the World Cocoa Foundation and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 15 chocolate industry companies. CLP is expected...

2010-04-21 08:01:00

New USDA-Funded Project to Build Skills, Resources of 25,000 Farmers to Grow High-Value Crops DAVAO CITY, Philippines, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new $5.4 million project aims to increase the incomes and food security of 25,000 farmers in the Philippines by harnessing local value chains to increase opportunities and sustainability in growing high-value crops like cocoa, coconuts and rice. "The current cacao industry is a great opportunity for smallholder farmers to increase...

2010-03-08 07:00:00

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- At a ceremony held in Osogbo, Osun State, the World Cocoa Foundation today launched the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) in Nigeria. The program initially announced in February 2009, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 14 chocolate industry companies, is expected to significantly improve the livelihoods of nearly 30,000 cocoa farmers in Nigeria by 2014. The work in Nigeria is part of a larger five-country program targeting 200,000...

2010-02-15 10:30:00

MCLEAN, Va. and ZURICH, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The unique and good-for-you cocoa flavanols - the natural compounds found in the cocoa fruit linked to important circulatory and other health benefits - will soon be easier to identify and obtain when making nutrition choices. Mars, Incorporated and Barry Callebaut AG recently signed a cross-licensing and cooperation agreement that is expected to increase the availability and uniformity of cocoa flavanol-rich chocolate products worldwide. The...

2009-11-24 17:51:15

A recent study confirms that the antioxidants and other plant-based nutrients in chocolate and cocoa products are highly associated with the amount of non-fat cocoa-derived ingredients in the product. The study expands on previously published results. The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, was conducted by a scientific team from The Hershey Company, Brunswick Laboratories, and Cornell University, compared the detailed cocoa antioxidant contents of commercially...

2009-10-19 04:00:00

ACCRA, Ghana, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- At a ceremony held in Accra, the World Cocoa Foundation today announced the launch of the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) in Ghana. The program, first announced in February 2009, is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 12 chocolate industry companies and is expected to significantly improve the livelihoods of nearly 60,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana over the next five years. "We welcome this opportunity to improve the lives of so many...

2009-02-18 23:00:00

SEATTLE, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced two significant partnerships and $48 million in grants to help hundreds of thousands of small cocoa and cashew farmers in sub-Saharan Africa significantly increase their incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The two grants -- $23 million to the World Cocoa Foundation and $25 million to the German development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit...

2009-02-10 20:22:54

A U.S. health educator advises giving the gift of cancer prevention -- dark chocolate on Valentine's Day. Sally Scroggs of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention Center in Houston also advises adding a special message in the card noting dark chocolate may aid in cancer prevention. Dark chocolate has a higher percentage of healthy antioxidants, without the increased sugar and saturated fats added to milk chocolate, Scroggs said in a statement. Choose dark...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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