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Chocolatiers back project for world’s first certified sustainable hazelnuts

UTZ Certified has begun a three-year initiative to develop a certified sustainable hazelnut supply in Turkey, which accounts for 70% of global production.

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Easter bunny boils over rising chocolate prices

Near record-high cocoa butter prices have driven up the cost of chocolate production by as much as 20%; a price hike that will likely be seen on shelf, according to commodity analysts Mintec.

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Emulsifiers in chocolate: Is an e-number a 'show stopper'?

Previously reluctant chocolate manufacturers are more attracted to partly replacing cocoa butter with emulsifiers to obtain cost-savings and to improve molding processes, according to supplier Palsgaard.

Burton’s Biscuit Company invests £14.75M in snack tech

Burton’s Biscuit Company, maker of brands such as Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has announced a £14.75M investment in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

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Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet from FoodNavigator.com

From the benefits of gluten-free to those of Mediterranean and Palaeolithic diets, many claims that one dietary strategy are better than another for health and weight loss are simply 'unjustified' and 'sometimes utter nonsense', according to a new review.

Dystopian drinks? ‘Beverages that beep, bleep, yell and waft scents at shoppers’ from BeverageDaily.com

Manufacturers will spend more on designing packages that ‘blink, beep, yell and waft scents at shoppers', according to food packaging expert Joe Kerry from University College Cork.

Milk Market Observatory will aid shift to post-quota Europe from DairyReporter.com

A European Milk Market Observatory has been launched by the European Commission this week, offering a ‘one-stop shop’ for market data.  

Coatings protect from mineral oil residues in recycled fibres from FoodProductionDaily.com

Recycled fibres in paper packaging can contain mineral oil residues but coatings can protect foods from these substances, according to BASF.

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Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch
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Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and...

ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale

ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will retain the majority of its cocoa processing operations...

Scientists discover novel sources for cocoa butter alternatives
Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Scientists discover novel sources for cocoa butter alternatives

Shea and palm oil derivatives may lead the way as the most common sources of cocoa butter...

Price pressures: Will chocolate makers bite the bullet on cocoa butter alternatives?
Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Price pressures: Will chocolate makers bite the bullet on cocoa butter alternatives?

Chocolate purists may turn to alternative vegetable fats amid escalating cocoa butter prices, but taste and regulatory...

Vitafoods Live! debate: Cocoa flavanol science and the potential for better-for-you chocolate
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Vitafoods Live! debate: Cocoa flavanol science and the potential for better-for-you chocolate

ConfectioneryNews will be chairing a debate on the latest developments in cocoa flavanol science and the potential...

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

German confectioner Halloren believes its best growth prospects lie in the fast growing markets in Thailand and...

Lindt Teddy has its picnic but Haribo trademark row will rumble on

Lindt Teddy has its picnic but Haribo trademark row will rumble on

Lindt has won its appeal against Haribo for alleged infringement of Haribo’s golden bear trademark, but the...

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