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Mars stabilizes natural blue for confections

Mars has filed a patent to make natural blue colors derived from anthocyanins resistant to color changes in hard panned confections.

Denmark

Toms finds commercial success with cocoa tray fermentation

Danish confectioner Toms says its Ekstra chocolate brand that only uses tray fermented cocoa has proved that an initiative to support farmers and improve bean quality can also turn a profit.

Sugar free gum may inhibit gingivitis, say researchers

Xylitol and maltitol-sweetened chewing gum may inhibit gingivitis, but consumers won't get additional benefits if they already brush their teeth regularly, according to a study.

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Cocktail Candy: We're not marketing to kids

Cocktail Candy: We're not marketing to kids

Belgian firm Candy Pack says it understands why some people might be "touchy" about the idea of alcohol-themed confectionery,...

WCF partnership meeting: The buzz on cocoa sustainability

WCF partnership meeting: The buzz on cocoa sustainability

What are the chocolate industry and NGOs saying about cocoa sustainability? Catch up with the social media...

How does Ebola impact the chocolate industry?

Industry 'deeply concerned' by Ebola but no impact on big choc companies yet

Ebola is a huge humanitarian concern for the cocoa and chocolate industry, but contrary to some reports...

Stevia chocolate firm Coco Polo eyes mainstream retail

Can stevia chocolate ever be a mainstream retail fixture?

Stevia chocolate is beginning to gain momentum in the US but could take at least a decade...

Nestlé confectionery sales slump 7%

Nestlé confectionery sales slump 7%

Nestlé confectionery sales fell 7% in its nine-month results due to rising cocoa costs and declines in...

Brazil’s ANIB and ABIMA associations to merge

Brazilian biscuit and bread associations merge in ‘basic basket’ tax hope

Brazil’s National Biscuit Industry Association (ANIB) is merging with the country’s Association of Pasta Manufacturers (ABIMA), which...

Probiotic levels in chocolate

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic...

Turrón firms investigated market rigging Spain

Six turrón ‘nougat’ firms investigated for market rigging in Spain

Spanish authorities have opened disciplinary proceedings against possible anti-competitive practices of half a dozen manufacturers of the...

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