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Barry Callebaut AG /EFSA issues positive Scientific Opinion on Barry Callebaut's health claimoncocoa flavanols. Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
First official validation of positive effect of cocoa flavanols
* Barry Callebaut first in the EU to receive a positive ScientificOpinion ona health claim on cocoa flavanols from the European Food Safety Authority
* Official validation that cocoa flavanols have a positive impact onbloodflow
* Opening up new market potential for Barry Callebaut's cocoa powder andchocolate products made through its ACTICOA® process
Barry Callebaut, the world'sleading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, todayannounced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a positiveopinion on the company's health claim dossier submitted last year. BarryCallebaut received a health claim that "cocoa flavanols help maintainendothelium-dependent vasodilation which contributes to normal blood flow."Thecompany was able to provide evidence that the intake of 200 mg of cocoaflavanols (provided by 2.5g of high-flavanol cocoa powder or 10g ofhigh-flavanol dark chocolate) positively influence blood circulation in thehumanbody. Barry Callebaut is the first company in the EU to obtain a positiveScientific Opinion on a health claim on cocoa flavanols.
Since 2005, Barry Callebaut has carried out more than 20 human clinicalstudiesexamining various impacts of cocoa flavanols on the human body. For thesestudies, the company used cocoa powder and chocolate products made throughitsown developed ACTICOA® process which results in high-flavanol cocoaproducts.Barry Callebaut's specific ACTICOA® process is the outcome of years ofresearch into ways of preserving cocoa flavanols. The company succeeded inmaintaining up to 80% of the cocoa flavanols which would be destroyed forthemost part during the conventional chocolate-making process.
If the EU Commission further approves the health claim, Barry Callebautwillhave the right to use the cocoa flavanols claim for five years within EUcountries. The company's customers using its high-flavanol cocoa productswouldbe able to apply the claim on their products and packaging, enabling themtodifferentiate their offerings from other products on the market and gainusefulcompetitive advantage. Barry Callebaut sees considerable market potentialfor -among others - applications in chocolate drinks, cereal bars and biscuits.
Juergen Steinemann, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said: "It is very valuable forus tonow have an official positive Scientific Opinion from the European FoodSafetyAuthority that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on human blood flow.Asthe first company receiving such a health claim, we see new marketpotentialboth for us and for our customers. The health claim is also a reward forourlong years of extensive research in the benefits of cocoa flavanols on thehumanbody."
Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0billion) forfiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leadingmanufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean tothefinished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries,operatesaround 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicatedworkforce ofabout 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industryfocusing onindustrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate(such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its twoglobalbrands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. Barry Callebaut is the globalleader incocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range ofservicesin the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.Costleadership is another important reason why global as well as local foodmanufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad rangeofsustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works withfarmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure futuresuppliesof cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
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