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    Olam Cocoa launches innovative new cocoa powder and customer support tools at Food Ingredients Europe 2017


    London, November 28, 2017Olam Cocoa, the world’s foremost focused supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa products (cocoa powder, cocoa mass and cocoa butter), showcases the innovative, premium cocoa powder deZaan D11BK, the new deZaan Flavour Friends pairing tool, and the latest iteration of the historic deZaan Cocoa Manual at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) Stand D100, Hall 11.

    New, dark cocoa powder without added sodium

    deZaan D11BK cocoa powder is the first ever nib alkalised, black cocoa powder that provides both intense cocoa flavour and very dark colour, without added sodium. Excessive salt intake remains a serious health concern globally, with the majority of it consumed unknowingly in processed foods. Unlike other dark cocoa powders, which are typically processed using sodium alkalising agents, D11BK uses potassium instead, reducing the sodium in the formulation while maintaining the flavour and colour impact benefits of a typical dark cocoa powder.

    Rinus Heemskerk, Global Head of Product Development & Innovation for Olam Cocoa comments:

    “We are committed to helping our customers find ideal ingredient combinations that deliver rich flavour and colour impact but that also meet growing consumer demand for healthier products which offer ‘permissible indulgence’ experiences. deZaan D11BK is well suited to deliver against this, while our new Flavour Friends tool will support our customers as they explore new flavour combinations in applications, ensuring that they don’t need to compromise on the sensory experiences that their products provide.”

    Working alongside Dutch master Chef Angelique Schmeinck, Olam Cocoa has created Flavour Friends, a tool that enables the discovery of new or unexpected flavour and ingredient relationships. It provides interesting options for the combination of deZaan cocoa powders with various fruits, beverages, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, teas and vegetables, and it launches at FIE 2017. Customers can explore and enjoy examples of these flavour pairings in dairy applications, as part of a new instant cocoa beverage sample collection.

    A legacy of leadership looks to the future

    At FIE, Olam Cocoa is also unveiling the latest edition of the famous deZaan Cocoa Manual, one of the most respected and coveted cocoa reference resources in the industry. Starting from the first manual edition published in 1969, the manual’s content has been unmatched in depth and scope of information. To help customers keep abreast of global trends, the new 2017 version includes a chapter dedicated to the health aspects of cocoa. Alongside the launch of D11BK and Flavour Friends, the manual exemplifies Olam Cocoa’s ability to provide expertise, value-added benefits and unique opportunities to its customers.

    Olam Cocoa’s CEO, Gerard A. Manley, says:

    We are incredibly proud of the heritage and legacy of cocoa innovation excellence that the deZaan Cocoa Manual represents. We are pleased to now present this newest edition, the latest in a long line of important references resources for the cocoa and chocolate confectionery industries.”

    Food Ingredients Europe 2017 brings together the world’s leading food and beverage suppliers, research and development, production and marketing specialists and showcases the most diverse range of new and innovative ingredients and services. It takes place between 28 – 30 November in Messe Frankfurt, Germany. Olam Cocoa will be at the Olam International stand D100, Hall 11 along with representatives from the Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients and Olam Dairy businesses.

    Issued on behalf of Olam International Limited by: Gong Communications, 1 Blandford Street, London, W1U 3DA

    For further information, please contact:

    Olam Cocoa
    Levi Hensel, Head of Cocoa Communications, +44(0)20 7389 6464,

    Gong Communications
    Libby Wyman, Account Director, +44 207 935 4800,

    Notes to Editors

    About Olam Cocoa

    Olam Cocoa is an integrated cocoa business that supplies cocoa beans and cocoa products. Olam Cocoa a leading originator of cocoa beans, a globally leading cocoa processor, and the world’s foremost focused supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa products.

    Cocoa beans are sourced from all major origins across Africa, Asia and South America, and Olam Cocoa’s portfolio of respected brands is spearheaded by the iconic deZaan, with its heritage of more than 100 years of excellence, as well as African origin brand Unicao, South American origin brand Joanes, the well-established Macao cocoa powders and Britannia confectionery and speciality fats brands, and the recently launched Huysman cocoa powder brand. Olam Cocoa has processing, refining and milling presence in the main cocoa producing countries, as well as in, or adjacent to, primary consumption markets in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia.

    Alongside a substantial operational infrastructure, Olam Cocoa recognises the clear responsibility to operate sustainably and Grow Responsibly. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of sustainable cocoa, Olam Cocoa is accelerating progress towards the goal of 100% traceable and sustainable cocoa volumes from its direct supply chain by 2020.

    About Olam International Limited

    Olam International is a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 70 countries, supplying various products across 18 platforms to 23,000 customers worldwide. From a direct sourcing and processing presence in most major producing countries, Olam has built a global leadership position in many of its businesses. Headquartered in Singapore and listed on the SGX-ST on February 11, 2005, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalisation. In 2016, Fortune magazine recognised Olam at #23 in its ‘Change the World’ list

    More information on Olam can be found at

    Olam is located at 9 Temasek Boulevard #11-02 Suntec Tower Two Singapore 038989 

    Telephone: +65 63394100, Facsimile: +65 63399755.

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