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Aug
2012
First validated method for analyzing flavanols and procyanidins in cocoa products could help scientists and the industry in standardized reporting
International laboratories collaborate to validate a method developed by Mars, Incorporated to quantify the much-studied cocoa flavanols Germantown, MD (August 30, 2012) --- Mars, Incorporated, working in partnership with AOAC International, has successfully completed a multi-laboratory, first-of-its-kind validation of a method for analyzing flavanols and procyanidins in cocoa-based products. The study, just published in the latest edition of the Journal of AOAC International, details the results of a comprehensive evaluation of this method by 12 international laboratories, which included academic, industrial and commercial institutions. As it has been proved to be reproducible, robust, and readily transferable, this method could have far-reaching implications for researchers and consumers. “This multi-laboratory collaborative study represents a critical breakthrough in the field by demonstrating that a method to measure these complex phytonutrients in cocoa can be reliable, robust, and easy-to-use,”...
 
13
Aug
2012
Daily Cocoa Flavanol Consumption Shown To Improve Cognitive Function In Older Adults
First-of-its-kind research demonstrates improved recall, retention and executive function in a group of older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment after eight weeks of consuming cocoa flavanols as part of their regular diets Germantown, MD (August 13, 2012) --- A study conducted by researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy and Mars, Incorporated provides compelling new evidence that the regular consumption of dietary cocoa flavanols may improve cognitive function in elderly subjects with early memory decline. Just published online in the journal Hypertension, this current study significantly advances understanding of the benefits of flavanols by specifically exploring the impact of regular cocoa flavanol consumption on cognitive function in a population with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Previous research has suggested that the benefits of cocoa flavanols could extend to the brain. However, these studies were either only short-term or did not demonstrate a consistent cognitive benefit....
 
24
Apr
2012
Scientists advance field of research with publication of newly validated method for analyzing flavanols in cocoa
Validated method enables accurate analysis of the chemical structures of flavanols in cocoa and provides an important tool to further research related to their cardiovascular health benefits Germantown, MD. (April 24, 2012) --- A method for the analysis of flavanols in cocoa has been developed by a team of researchers from Mars Botanical, a scientific division of Mars, Incorporated, and recently published in the Journal of AOAC International. Drawing on the research team’s expertise in flavanol chemistry and analytics, the method identifies and quantifies the distinct stereochemical forms of flavanols found in cocoa and chocolate products. Foods rich in flavanols are increasingly recognized for their ability to exert positive effects on the cardiovascular system, but investigations have shown that the distinct chemical structure (stereochemistry) of a flavanol influences its absorption, metabolism, and consequently its ability to exert beneficial effects. This validated method could therefore have...
 
02
Feb
2012
Research on flavanols and procyanidins provides new insights into how these phytonutrients may positively impact human health
Findings demonstrate distinct roles of flavanols and procyanidins in the body, and provide direction for improved future research MCLEAN, VA. (Feb. 02, 2012) --- Collaborative research by Mars, Incorporated and the University of California, Davis has provided important new insights into the distinct roles of flavanols and procyanidins in the human body. Recently published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the findings significantly advance understanding of how these phytonutrients may work in the body to exert cardiovascular benefits. In ways not previously possible, the researchers were able to use specially-developed food to gain novel insights that further our understanding of the metabolic fate of procyanidins in the context of human nutrition. Taken together, the results highlight the need for a more careful consideration of the distinct roles of flavanols and procyanidins when examining the health benefits of foods, and prompt a reconsideration of current research approaches,...
 
30
Sep
2010
Mars Defense of Flavanol Patent Portfolio Successful
Mars, Incorporated has successfully defended its cocoa flavanol patent portfolio in a recent lawsuit against flavanol extract supplier Naturex, maker of the CocoActiv product, and against flavanol supplement manufacturers Nutraceutical Corp., seller of Solaray™ products, and Life Extension Foundation, seller of Cocoa Gold™ products. A suit was filed in the US District Court in Alexandria, VA against these companies earlier this year for infringement of nine cocoa flavanol related US patents owned by Mars. These companies have agreed that these patents are valid and enforceable and they each will stop further sales and uses of the products that were accused of infringement in the lawsuit. Mars uses the patented Cocoapro® process to make Cirku™ cocoa flavanol supplement products. For nearly two decades, Mars has been studying the process of measuring and maximizing the retention of cocoa flavanols and uncovering their related health benefits, resulting in over 100 scientific publications and a broad patent...
 
15
Sep
2010
Mars, USDA-ARS, And IBM Publicly Release Preliminary Cacao Genome Sequence Three Years Ahead Of Schedule
Landmark Research Effort Will Make Findings Publicly Available in Perpetuity Results to Benefit 6.5 Million Farmers Worldwide and Sustain World’s Cocoa Supply McLean, VA, September 15, 2010 –Today, Mars, Incorporated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and IBM released the preliminary 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 common good, the benefit of the world’s cocoa farmers, and a more sustainable world cocoa supply. The preliminary sequencing of the cacao genome is a promising first step in advancing farmers’ ability to plant more robust, higher yielding and drought and disease-resistant trees. The results of the research will be made available to the public with permanent access via the Cacao Genome Database (www.cacaogenomedb.org) to ensure that the data remains perpetually open...
 
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May
2010
First-ever Indonesian Nat'l Indicators & Criteria for Sustainable Cocoa Farm Certification Announced
PT. Mars Symbioscience Indonesia, along with Business Watch Indonesia (BWI), the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, proudly announce the launch of the national indicators for the certification criteria of sustainable cocoa production. The certification criteria and the national indicators for sustainable cocoa were presented today at a stakeholders meeting by the Indonesian Director General of Processing and Marketing of Agriculture Product, Professor Dr. Ir. Zaenal Bachrudin M.Sc, representing the Ministry of Agriculture. “Today is an important day for the cocoa industry as the official launch of these standards represents an opportunity for a strong future for this crop,” said Noel Janetski, the President-Director of PT. Mars Symbioscience Indonesia. The formulation of indicators, which is important for the sustainability of cocoa, was started in January 2010 in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Research Center for Indonesian Cocoa and Coffee, universities, international certification...
 
05
Mar
2010
UC Davis Profs' Chocolate Book Up for Prestigious Award
A rich book on chocolate co-authored by two local professors is among finalists for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award. "Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage" by UC Davis Professor Emeritus Louis Grivetti and Howard-Yana Shapiro, global director of plant science and external research at Mars, Inc. and an adjunct professor at UC Davis, is a scholarly work that considers the history of chocolate by theme and topic throughout the centuries. Chapters explore topic such as chocolate and religion, medicinal chocolate and chocolate preparation in early North America. The book is one of three finalists in the IACP's "culinary history" category, the group announced Thursday. The cookbook awards are "considered the gold standard for culinary publishing," according to an IACP news release. More than 500 entries were submitted this year, making it one of the most competitive ever. "...Given the number of entrees and the rigor of the selection process, we are honored to be...
 
01
Feb
2010
Chocolate Industry Leaders Sign Agreement, Align on Path Towards Increasing Consumer Availability
MCLEAN, VA/ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (February 15, 2010) – 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 agreement between these global chocolate leaders is seen as the beginning of a path leading to consistent standards for beneficial cocoa flavanol products. Decades of research suggest cocoa flavanols can have a positive impact on circulatory health and related conditions, but manufacturers have struggled with consistency, reliable measurement methods and communication of the flavanol benefits and content of foods. Mars, the world's largest retail chocolate manufacturer, selling seven of the world’s 20 best selling...
 
01
Jun
2009
Mars Botanical Unveils Innovative New Cocoa Extract and Supplement
ANAHEIM, California (June, 2009) – As the food industry strives to create the next “new” ingredient, Mars Botanical is turning to nature and an “old” staple – cocoa, nature’s unexpected super fruit. After nearly two decades of research, the company is unveiling Cirku™ – a natural cocoa extract containing flavanols, which help maintain healthy circulation.* While some of the oldest civilizations of the Americas were likely the first cocoa lovers, only recently have we truly begun to understand the power of this unique plant. Most are surprised to learn that cocoa is actually a fruit. In fact, it’s a “super fruit,” packed with unique active plant compounds called flavanols, linked to healthy circulation. And, healthy circulation gives your body the oxygen and nutrients where it needs them, when it needs them, so that you feel your best. In fact, top nutrition experts will gather at this year’s Institute of Food Technology (IFT) annual meeting and food expo to discuss the latest science, clinical...
 

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