New Cocoa Fruit Drink To Make Hot Chocolate A Has Bean

New Cocoa Fruit Drink To Make Hot Chocolate A Has Bean

Raghavan Mayur

The "Elix" drink unveiled Thursday by Swiss firm Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocolate maker, is part of a growing trend to use 100 percent of fruits in processed foods to reduce waste and pressure on the environment.

Typically, 70 percent of the cacao fruit, including the peel, pulp, and juice, are discarded, with just the beans used to make chocolate.

The drink launches first in Europe, where the E.U.'s food safety agency has backed claims that a substance in cacao called flavanols is beneficial to blood circulation.

Approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pending in spring 2022."

Elix is the latest bid by the firm -- which supplies food giants like Nestle, Unilever, and Mondelez -- to develop new products as chocolate consumption in developed markets declines.

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