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Cocoa grind up but will chocolate prices grind consumers down?

The rising North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the chocolate industry, but many consumers are not prepared to pay higher prices planned by some leading confectioners, according to an analyst.

Abraaj Group plans Middle East & North Africa expansion for Kool Food

Private equity firm Abraaj Group has acquired a stake in Moroccan chocolate company Kool Food and plans to expand distribution in the Middle East and Africa.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day is an annual global celebration highlighting the importance of sustainability, recycling, water conservation, and other ways to save the planet. Here are some examples of food packaging that pitches in on the eco effort with compostable materials, natural paper, and other features.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett of MMR Research.

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Can industry-backed academic inventions spur increased innovation? from FoodNavigator.com

Industry-sponsored academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, and may not skew science towards inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others, according to a new analysis.

ABF: Sugar slump offset by Primark and grocery from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A starring performance by clothes retailer Primark and strong growth in grocery helped Associated British Foods (ABF) lift its half-year group profits by £7M to £463M, despite a slump in its sugar business due to lower prices.

Facebook campaign to choose 100 people for gluten-free product

How to get your face on a pack of sausages from FoodProductionDaily.com

A former BBC director who owns The Black Farmer, a gluten free brand known for its pork sausages, has launched a special edition Pork, Bramley Apple & Cider pack dedicated to its fan-base this month.  

UK chocolate sweet success abroad and at home from FoodManufacture.co.uk

British chocolate is proving a sweet success abroad and at home, as Easter eggs were named as one of the nation’s top food and drink exports, while new research revealed 8M Britons eat chocolate every day.

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Chocolatiers back project for world’s first certified sustainable hazelnuts

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...

Easter bunny boils over rising chocolate prices

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...

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...

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...

Emulsifiers in chocolate: Is an e-number a 'show stopper'?
Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

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...

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...

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