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Cocoa Production and Related Social-Economic and Climate Factors: A Case Study of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, Adeniyi, O. R., and Ogunsola G.O. , Agricultural Science , 06/2014, Volume 2, Issue 4, Nigeria, p.13, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa agroforestry a bridge for sustainable organic cocoa Production, Nunoo, Isaac, and Owusu Victor , 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference, 10/2014, Istanbul, Turkey, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Fertilizer Forum, World Cocoa Foundation, and Initiative IDH - sustaina , 10/2014, Copenhagen, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Improving Productivity and Alleviating Poverty by Acknowledging the Role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Increasing Cocoa Quality by Acknowledging the role of Women - Poster presented at the WCC 2014, , World Cocoa Conference 2014, 06/2014, Amsterdam, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
An Assessment of Investment in Technology in Cocoa Processing Industry in Nigeria, , Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development , 05/2014, Volume 5, Issue 10, Akure, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Improving Cocoa Production Through Lean: A Case Study of the Ghanaian Cocoa Industry, Boateng, Kwasi , The Faculty of the Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences , 05/2014, Volume Master of Science , Bowling Green, p.62, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Cocoa Quality Index Proposal, .R, AraujoQ, and al FernandesC.A.F et , 05/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

Cocoa Quality Index Proposal

TitleCocoa Quality Index Proposal
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
Authors.R, AraujoQ, and al FernandesC.A.F et
Date Published05/2014
InstitutionFood Control
Publication LanguageEnglish
KeywordsCocoa Quality

The definition of food quality has varied over time but has evolved so that current definitions are based on meeting customer demands. However, in order to better define food quality a more comprehensive evaluation based in key variables is required. This study aims to propose a Cocoa Quality Index (CQI). A better understanding of what affects cocoa quality will allow researchers and managers to improve their product, benefiting producers and consumers. The present analysis was based on known desired characteristics of the cocoa bean. Total fat, total acidity, total phenols, phenolic acids, organic acids, heavy metals, amino acids, caffeine, theobromine, pH, sugars and macro and micronutrients were the main variables included in the CQI for the Forastero cocoa beans. The analysis was run on beans from two separate sites in Bahia, an Oxisol and an Alfisol. CQI values from the two sites did not differ statistically, but the adopted qualitative classification identified that the Alfisol had a 'good' CQI (0.703) while the Oxisol was classified as 'regular' one (CQI = 0.652). The difference was due to the better edaphic characterists of the Alfisol. Results suggested that improving the cocoa bean in Bahia will require that total fat, phenolic compounds and glucose be increases and that total phenols, heavy metals, organic acids and caffeine be decreased. The proposed CQI method can be adapted to other agricultural products.



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