Dark intense red cocoa powder – the latest innovation in the Gerkens® range from Cargill
Gerkens® cocoa powder broadens consumer choice in chocolate flavored products
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - 22 November, 2016 – The latest addition to the Gerkens® cocoa powder range from Cargill is an intense dark red cocoa powder – with unique color attributes that make it the only powder of its kind on the market.
Produced as a result of a Research & Development (R&D) breakthrough by Gerkens® technical specialists at the Gresik cocoa processing facility in Indonesia, and exemplifying Gerkens® end-to-end innovation capabilities, this new cocoa powder is the latest Gerkens® development driving innovation in food ingredients and applications.
Dick Brinkman, manager Technical Service, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, explains: “This next-generation cocoa powder has an exceptional red color. Looking at the market and consumer insights we have gathered, we note that across all categories there are clear consumer needs regarding further sophistication and choice in chocolate flavored products. This new powder is an example of effective innovation which will broaden the offering across dessert, ice cream and chocolate milk products and invite consumers to try new products.”
Gerkens® dark intense red cocoa powder is ideally positioned for chocolate ice cream, drink and dessert applications which reflect the premium trend towards intense rich colors and flavors, as well as the use of contrasting colours and multiple chocolate shades.
Gerkens® cocoa powder innovation is backed by a dedicated R&D centre for cocoa at Wormer in The Netherlands, with over 100 varieties of cocoa powder produced as a result of its work.
Linked to this R&D centre are a wider global network of application centres and development facilities across five continents, home to scientists and technologists, undertaking research on emerging trends, supported by the knowledge and expertise of food scientists, nutritional experts, and technicians from different sectors.
Emiel van Dijk, Strategy & Innovation Leader at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate concludes: “All this research comes together to create ‘joined-up expertise’ via our T-model approach. This combines knowledge across multiple food-related industries matched with our deep cocoa and chocolate expertise, allowing customers to develop the latest and greatest innovations. Gerkens® dark intense red powder is the perfect example of how innovative R&D can result in a unique ingredient which creates the potential for a broadened range of chocolate-flavored products new range of products.”
Gerkens® has been delivering world-class powders made from the best beans for more than 50 years. Following its acquisition by Cargill in 1987, Gerkens®’ Dutch technology has travelled the globe. We have processing facilities in Holland, France, Germany, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Indonesia – bringing our spectrum of powders closer to you and your consumers. For more information, visit Cargill.com/gerkens.
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries/regions who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.
About Cargill’s global cocoa and chocolate business
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business offers the food industry a wide range of both standard and customized cocoa and chocolate ingredients for use in delicious bakery, confectionery and dairy applications all over the world. The company’s product range includes high quality Gerkens® cocoa powders, chocolate, coatings, fillings, cocoa liquors and cocoa butters. With years of experience in technical food expertise Cargill supports its customers in new recipes and new product development.
Cargill’s processing plants in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, the Netherlands, UK and the USA are in full compliance with the highest food safety standards.
To secure a good quality and sustainable supply of cocoa beans, Cargill has its own cocoa bean sourcing operations for buying, handling and exporting of cocoa beans in Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. Presence in all the leading producing countries allows Cargill to oversee the supply chain from beans at origin to cocoa and chocolate products on its customers’ doorsteps. In addition, extensive market research and analysis proves to be a source of valuable information to customers.
More information is available at www.cargillcocoachocolate.com/