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Analysis: Where is confectionery production moving?

We’ve delved into the ConfectioneryNews archives to chart newly built factories and major investments on existing plants by the industry’s major players over the past five years to discover where...

Barry Callebaut opens Côte d'Ivoire center to teach sustainable cocoa practices

Barry Callebaut has opened its first Cocoa Center of Excellence to teach best practices for sustainable cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire, the world’s number one cocoa-producing country.

Emerging markets and outsourcing deals spur Barry Callebaut volume growth

Cocoa and chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reported 8.2% volume growth in the nine months to May, on the back of outsourcing deals and strong interest from bakeries, restaurants and...

Barry Callebaut opens $48m factory in Mexico

Barry Callebaut has opened its second factory in Mexico to supply chocolate to Grupo Bimbo, the domestic market and Central America.

Weighing up the possibilities: Cutting calories in chocolate through fat reduction

The global reduced fat chocolate category is set for 13.4% sales growth this year.  We ask how chocolate makers can formulate to get a piece of the action.


Healthy chocolate? The growing evidence for cocoa flavanols

The meteoric emergence of cocoa flavanols as the new 'super ingredient' continues, with many new scientific publications focused on the potential health effects of these special compounds. As part of...

Commission clears Barry Callebaut Petra Foods buy

The European Commission has said there is enough competition from ADM and Cargill to make Barry Callebaut’s $950m acquisition of Petra Foods’ Ingredients division free from competition concerns.

Recruitment habits of the top confectioners

Which firms do the leading confectioners look to to poach talent and what skills are they looking for?

Petra Foods buoyed by ‘vibrant’ Asian consumption in Q1

Singapore-based Petra Foods has reported first quarter profit gains in its branded consumer division driven by rising chocolate consumption in markets such as Indonesia and the Philippines and improved margins...

Barry Callebaut-funded study

Dark chocolate enhances mood but not cognition, say researchers

Cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate may keep you calmer and content but no link has been established with enhanced cognitive performance, according to a study funded by Barry Callebaut.


Cocoa flavanol content varies depending on origin, says Callebaut

Barry Callebaut’s innovation department has revealed that the level of cocoa flavanols, which are associated with a string of positive health effects, vary depending on where beans are sourced....

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Pepsico exec and ex-Chiquita head join Callebaut board

Barry Callebaut has elected a Pepsico executive and the former CEO of Chiquita Brands to its Board of Directors.

Lower cocoa prices dent Callebaut profits

Barry Callebaut has reported a slight dip in half-year profits as lower cocoa prices meant customers were paying less for the company’s range of cocoa ingredients compared to last year....

Large fertilizer shipment to Ivory Coast expected to double cocoa yields

A 10,000 ton shipment of fertilizer arrived in the principal cocoa growing nation Ivory Coast today as part of an industry-backed initiative to double productivity on cocoa farms.

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Barry Callebaut downgraded after Petra buy

Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has downgraded Barry Callebaut following its $950m buy of Singapore-based Petra Foods's cocoa ingredients division.

Cocoa child labor: Story so far

Industry pledges reach $10m on cocoa child labor but ‘job is not done’

The industry has pledged $10m in new funds since 2010 to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, but a newly released report says the job is far from over.

Dark chocolate bitterness can be reduced with green coffee, finds Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has developed a formula to reduce the bitterness of high cocoa chocolate using green coffee that doesn’t give a coffee taste and ups antioxidant content.

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Barry Callebaut talks customization, certification and Petra Foods

Barry Callebaut speaks to about a growing trend for customization, rising demand for certified cocoa and its $950m bid to acquire Petra Foods’ cocoa ingredients division.

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Petra Foods restructures ahead of disposal to Callebaut

Petra Foods has restructured its business ahead of a proposed $950m deal to sell its cocoa processing operations to Barry Callebaut.

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Callebaut to use RSPO-certified palm oil for compounds and fillings

Barry Callebaut has announced that it is switching to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil for compounds and filling at most plants.

Callebaut ups Scandinavian capacity with $36m Carletti acquisitions

Barry Callebaut has acquired Sweden’s ASM Foods from Carletti and has taken over additional operations from Carletti in Demark to up its production capacity in Scandinavia.

Cocoa ingredient price drop keeps Barry Callebaut sales flat

Barry Callebaut has recorded flat revenues in its first quarter results released today as cocoa ingredient prices fell year-on-year.

European cocoa grind set for recovery after 2012 slump – Rabobank

An analyst from Rabobank expects the European cocoa grind to pick up this year after data released today showed 2012 figures were the lowest in seven years.

Callebaut cocoa health claim gets EC 'elasticity' makeover

Barry Callebaut’s Article 13.5 blood flow health claim on cocoa flavanols has been simplified by the European Commission.

Expensive taste? Barry Callebaut defends hefty $950m Petra Foods deal

Market analysts have branded Barry Callebaut’s $950 million takeover of Petra Foods' cocoa division ‘pricey’, but the Swiss chocolate giant has defended the move despite admitting it will hurt its...

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