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Hershey defends Reese’s and York in trademark war

Hershey has filed a lawsuit against LBB Imports accusing it of infringing multiple trademarks on products such as Reese’s and York by importing similar brands into the US such as Toffee Crisp and Yorkie.

UK chocolate sales rocked as consumers balk at price hikes

Chocolate confectionery sales are falling in the UK as consumers move to lower priced products and take advantage of promotions following price hikes, says an analyst at IRI.

Natra takes out $33m loan after cocoa prices hit chocolate business

Natra has secured credit to mitigate the effect of rising cocoa prices, which have harmed its chocolate business.

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China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite discussion on the country’s new draft food safety law. 

Food manufacturers divulge chemical use; shouldn’t be the last word, CSPI says from FoodNavigator-USA.com

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has decided to share its database on how food manufacturers use chemicals that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) with the US Food and Drug Administration, an initiative the trade group claims will “improve the process and increase transparency for making GRAS determinations of ingredients added...

From the Vitafoods Live! vault

Can the rise of medical foods tackle ‘unsustainable’ public healthcare costs? from NutraIngredients.com

Pharmaceutical-reliant public healthcare systems are unsustainably expensive and governments around the world know it, but can medical foods go part way to breaching the gap and delivering real savings? Panellists at a recent NutraIngredients-hosted debate concluded that yes they can…

Junk food could reduce appetite for healthier balanced diet from FoodNavigator.com

A diet of ‘junk food’ not only increases weight gain, but could also lead to changes in food preference that include a loss of appetite for a balanced diet, according to new research in rats.

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Added sugar on Nutrition Facts Panel riles confectioners

Added sugar labeling could compromise trade secrets, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association is concerned that added sugar declarations on the Nutrition Facts Panel would force...

Aldi bans confectionery at UK checkouts

Candy prohibition: Aldi bans confectionery at UK checkouts

Aldi has become the latest UK supermarket to ditch checkout confectionery in favor of healthier items.

Orkla acquires NP Foods Group and Laima Chocolate

Orkla ups chocolate game in the Baltics with Laima buy

Norwegian group Orkla has acquired Latvian company NP Foods Group and its Laima chocolate brand.

Certified cocoa not always sold as certified
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Over half of certified cocoa may be sold as conventional cocoa

Over half of cocoa grown on certified farms may be sold as conventional cocoa rather than commanding...

Cargill appoints chocolate managing director for EMEA & Asia
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Cargill appoints chocolate managing director for EMEA & Asia

Cargill has appointed Inge Demeyere as its new managing director for the firm’s Europe, Middle East, Africa...

Reduced sugar corn syrup soft gums and caramels: Tate & Lyle
Patent Watch

Tate & Lyle seeks patent for reduced sugar corn syrup soft gums and caramels

Ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has filed a patent for a method to produce low sugar content...

Financial Briefs: Tootsie Roll, Petra Foods and Meiji
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Financial Briefs: Tootsie Roll, Petra Foods and Meiji

Increased interest in cocoa polyphenols helped Japanese confectioner Meiji grows sales in its latest financial results, while...

Ghirardelli settles Miller white chocolate case

Ghirardelli shells out $5m to settle ‘fake’ white chocolate suit

Lindt & Sprüngli's US subsidiary Ghirardelli Chocolate has settled a class action lawsuit over allegations its Premium...

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