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Cocoa Fermentation I

Lots of people ask about cocoa bean fermentation, what is it and why is it necessary…. In short, fermentation is a very complex process, involving microbial activity acting on the cocoa pulp, changes in the internal cell structure and chemistry of the bean, and changes in the internal colour of the bean. The temperature and acidity generated in fermentation kills the cocoa bean, and the … Read more

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Cocoa Research at the University of Reading

This is a copy of the leaflet handed out at the Chelsea Flower Show, from the University of Reading’s award winning exhibition on cocoa. Its a summary of the research supported by Mars and others at Reading on germplasm movement, climate change effects, physiology and managing pests and diseases.

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Cocoa at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most prestigious and impressive flower shows in the world, and was visited by the Queen and President Obama during his visit to London. This year the University of Reading put on a display highlighting their cocoa research (part supported by Mars), into physiology, breeding, climate change, and pest and disease management. The University manages the only cocoa … Read more

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19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting

Cocoa pest and disease breakout group, World Cocoa Foundation meeting, San Francisco May 18th 2011

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19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting

World Cocoa Foundation meeting, San Francisco, May 18th 2011. Dr Wilbert Philips (CATIE), Belinda Quintanilla (Belinda Chocolatiere), Dr Martin Gilmour (Mars), and Dr Rina Sriwati (Syiah Kuala University) discuss approaches to managing cocoa pests and diseases in a breakout session.

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19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting

 
Participants at the opening of the 19th World Cocoa Foundation meeting in San Francisco, May 18th 2011. Around 200 cocoa stakeholders from industry, research, NGOs, and governments met for 2 days, to hear presentations and hold discussions on the theme of “celebrating the diversity of cocoa origins”. Mars associates Martin Gilmour, Jeff Morgan, Andrew Pedersen and Ed Seguine took part in the meeting.

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World Cocoa Foundation Partners Meeting in San Francisco

The last two days brought together a huge range of government officials, private companies and civil society groups for the biannual partners meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation in San Francisco.  This meeting focused on emerging cocoa origins, and Asia was a focus for many attendees.  Particularly interesting was a presentation by Swisscontact’s Manfred Boer on their 21 month, $7 million dollar PEKA Project in … Read more

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Uncommon collaborations – a view from the Rainforest Alliance conference and Gala

I spent yesterday at the Rainforst Alliance Marketing Sustainability and Certification Workshop in New York and enjoyed their Gala Dinner where Mars was honoured with a Sustainable Standard Setter award by Rainforest Alliance in recognition of commitments and work in sustainability.

Two key themes emerged from the panels and presentations on which our own Global Staff Officer for Plant Science and External Research, Howard Shapiro, … Read more

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Cocoa Development Centers in Vietnam – A Mars Signature Program to Support Farmers

Mars senior managers visit a cocoa farm in Vietnam

Hanoi, March 28th 2011: an innovative Public-Private Partnership Vietnam Networking Dinner was announced to support Vietnam in its’ development as a successful cocoa producing country. During a network dinner in the presence of HRH the Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his spouse Maxima, a Letter of Intent was signed for a partnership between … Read more

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Partnership to Save Cocoa and Help Farmers

Back in 2008, Mars announced plans to “unlock” the cacao genome to better understand the plant, improve its quality, and bolster its production. Mars and its partners – USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and IBM – said it wouldn’t be done until 2012. Well, three years early, help is on the way for 6.5 million cocoa farmers and the 40-50 million people who rely on … Read more

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