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Hershey maps cocoa-farm acreage in Ghana | Pearson Candy chief rolls out growth plans | Norman Love supports charities with Lil' Love boxes
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April 30, 2012
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Hershey maps cocoa-farm acreage in Ghana
As part of the Hershey Learn to Grow program in Ghana, Hershey is using GPS to map the exact acreage of cocoa farms in the West African nation. The company chose Ghana's Assin Foso District for the program, which is expected to help more than 1,000 farm families improve production and reduce child labor.
Progressive Grocer (4/27),  GhanaBusinessNews.com (4/27) 
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Pearson Candy chief rolls out growth plans
Michael Keller, president and CEO of 103-year-old Pearson Candy since August, plans to expand distribution, update packaging and perhaps offer tours of the St. Paul factory where Nut Goodie, Salted Nut Roll and other candies are made. "Whether you're an adult or a child, you're blown away by watching this factory work," he said. "There's magic there,"
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (4/29) 
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Study: Caffeine won't worsen moderate incontinence
A study refutes popular wisdom that women with moderate urinary incontinence should avoid caffeine. "If a woman feels she wants to abstain from caffeine that's completely fine, but based on our results, women with moderate incontinence shouldn't be concerned," said lead author Mary Townsend.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (4/27) 
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Senate Agriculture Committee misses opportunity on sugar reform
The Senate Agriculture Committee approved out of a committee a 2012 Farm Bill on Thursday, April 26, that would extend the current sugar policy. While a setback for NCA sugar reform efforts, it is still early in the Farm Bill process. If you have not personally engaged your members of Congress, now is the time to do so. Contact Liz Clark.
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Grocery store dietitians sweet on candy
As part of NCA's nutrition affairs strategy, Susan Smith and Jenn Ellek mingled with grocery store dietitians and consumer affairs advisors representing major grocery chains across the country at the second annual Shopping for Health conference last week in Miami. NCA sponsored a focus group to learn more about the needs of dietitians when it comes to giving their stores' consumers advice and ideas about candy consumption. During this three-day event, grocery store representatives had the opportunity to hear updates about nutrition and Americans' favorite foods from food industry representatives and researchers. Contact Susan Smith.
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Emulsion combinations seen as path to sodium reduction
Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry indicates sodium levels could be reduced in food and drinks while still maintaining flavor by combining less-stable emulsions with ones that are more stable. "Our hypothesis was that 'less stable' emulsions would be perceived as saltier than 'more stable' emulsions, given that 'less stable' droplets would rupture and release their saline cargo upon oral processing when compared to 'more stable' droplets," the report stated.
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European cocoa purchases slow
With the NYSE Liffe exchange in what is known as backwardation, with July futures now more expensive than later-dated contracts, cocoa purchases in Europe slowed last week. "In principle, the backwardation in London should encourage the selling, but if the demand is not there, buying up the supply chain should slow," said Rabobank analyst Keith Flury. "It seems to me no one would want to stockpile anything in the European market."
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