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Indian chocolate demand fuels domestic cocoa increases

In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in...

Sugar-free confectionery moves to mainstream

More than half of consumers say they are willing to switch to sugar-free versions of traditional confectionery lines, which suggests that sweeteners are no longer considered a 'niche' ingredient in...

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The ethical cocoa confusion

While most consumers agree that ethically-sourced cocoa is no bad thing, an ever increasing number of different schemes risks muddying the issue and puzzling chocolate fans.

Danisco sugar production tops 1m tonnes

Record yields from sugar beet fields in several countries have resulted in a bumper sugar harvest for Denmark's Danisco group.

Mars, Nestle promise ethical cocoa supply

Global confectioners Mars and Nestle have joined a sustainable cocoa programme, which aims to establish a traceability system for all farmers in the Ivory Coast.

Lawsuit filed over Monsantos GM sugar beet

A lawsuit has been filed against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the approval of a herbicide resistant genetically engineered sugar beet.

News briefs: Cocoa, Thorntons and Dunkin Donuts

The price of cocoa is still on the up; Thorntons reports strong sales over the winter season; and Dunkin' Donuts teams up with Mars for a new 'chocolaty' product range.

ABF revenues increase despite sugar losses

Associated British Foods today reported 13 per cent revenue growth for the 13 weeks ending 5 January 08, however the overall results were marred by a poor performance from the sugar sector.

Sudzucker struggles with sugar, but special products deliver

The Sudzucker group has reported a 18.3 per cent increase in sales for the first nine months of its year thanks to special products and fruit preparations, while sugar was...

Harvest report shows slump for sugar, soybean

Harvests for sugarcane, flaxseed and soybean were all down last year but canola and corn production was up, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Global cocoa deficit increases, says report

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) estimates that the world's current cocoa shortfall is now 55 per cent larger than previously thought, after adverse weather conditions led to crop reductions over...

Tate & Lyle completes Mexican sugar sale

Tate & Lyle has completed its sale of its Mexican sugar business, removing itself from volatile commodity markets and allowing it to refocus on value-added ingredients.

Vietnam aims for cocoa crop of 45,000 tonnes

The Vietnamese government estimates its overall cocoa crop will reach 45,000 tonnes by 2015, aiming to make the catch the attention of chocolate manufacturers around the world, according to Reuters.

Sugar, sweetener sales slide, reveals Mintel

Sales of sugar and sweeteners have slowed in recent years and are expected to decline slightly going ahead, according to a new report by Mintel.

Further sugar production difficulties ahead, says ABF chairman

The chairman of Associated British Foods (ABF), a major European-sugar producer, says that the industry will have to weather the storm over the coming year before producers can reap the...

News briefs: Healthy cocoa and confectionery games

Cocoa made with Chinese herbs is launched in the US; and two new games bring an extra layer of fun to chocolate and snacks.

ABF invests millions in Mali sugar plant

Associated British Foods today announced the £100m (€139m) expansion of subsidiary Illovo Sugar's facilities in Mali, as EU reforms force the company to move operations out of the bloc.

Hungary discusses renouncing half its sugar quota

Talks are under way in Hungary aimed at returning 50 per cent of the country's sugar quota to the restructuring fund, in light of the latest sugar reforms announced by...

Blommer expands cocoa trading programme

US-based Blommer Chocolate this week said it will establish a sustainable cocoa farming programme in the Ivory Coast, after a similar strategy increased crop yields and worker incomes in Indonesia.

Danisco consolidates Lithuanian sugar production

Danisco has announced that it will close its sugar production plant in Panevezys, Lithuania, as part of a plan to give up a slice of its quota.

News briefs: Chewing gum, cocoa and Nestle

A new report claims chewing gum helps weight loss, Nestle job cuts are imminent in the UK, and cocoa price jumped up the last two weeks of September.

Cocoa companies pledge sustainability

World Food Day is galvanising global food companies to help support cocoa labourers, some of the poorest workers in the world, as more and more businesses are signing up to...

Suedzucker expects benefits from sugar reform concessions

Suedzucker has adjusted its profit and revenue expectations for full year 2007/8 following EU moves to make sugar reform more attractive to growers, indicating that the industry efforts to lessen...

Tate & Lyle says adios to Mexican sugar

Tate & Lyle has taken new measures to remove itself from volatile commodity markets and refocus on value-added ingredients, with a plan to sell its Mexican sugar business, Grupo Industrial...

Sugary chocolate gets good for gums go-ahead

A new chocolate product is the first to be endorsed by Toothfriendly International as being harmless to teeth, despite it containing sugar, the manufacturer claims.

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