Cocoa and sugar are commodities right and the heart of the confectionery industry. This section follows the volatile supply and demand situation and price fluctuations for commodities such as cocoa, sugar and palm oil and how these commodities can be sourced sustainably.
Danisco's sugar beet seed business in Denmark is bracing itself for tough new market conditions following the implementation of the EU sugar reform.
Associated British Foods (ABF) yesterday blamed a 21 per cent drop in operating profit on European sugar industry reform and significantly higher energy costs.
Singapore-based cocoa bean supplier Olam has jointly acquired the Cameroon cocoa processor Usicam with ADM, the world's largest cocoa processor, giving both firms greater economy of scale in the African...
The shake-up of Europe's sugar industry is already having an effect on internal EU-25 trade, according to a recent USDA report.
Ingredients giant Tate and Lyle could be set to cease its sugar processing operations in Central Europe, as producers look to lower quotas in light of new EU sugar reforms.
Tate & Lyle has formed a joint enterprise to build and operate a sugar plant in Israel, a move that will partially replace traditional sugar imports from the European Union.
Danish ingredients group Danisco has launched a new cost-cutting sugar product designed to reduce waste in end product presentation.
The UK's food and farming minister has revealed how almost £500 million of additional support for sugar reform will be incorporated within the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) over the next...
Diabetics and weight watchers are set to benefit from the release of a new natural alternative to sugar going on sale in leading UK retailer Tesco this week.
Following the acquisition of sugar supplier Napier Brown Foods, UK bakery firm Real Good Food Company (RGFC) has seen turnover increase more than five-fold - despite the impact of the...
US scientists think they may have found a natural alternative to pesticides used by sugar beet growers to fend off their biggest enemy - the sugar beet root maggot.
Ingredients manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has increased its chocolate production in Europe with the takeover of a plant in England.
Confectioners are wary of price hikes following the decision by major UK sugar processor British Sugar to pay beet growers more than the EU minimum.
Danisco has maintained its expectations for this years sugar output, and claims a one million-tonne oharvest is possible.
Associated British Foods' (ABF's) acquisition of Africa's largest sugar producer underlines the fact that the European industry is thinking globally.
Despite extensive company restructuring and the imminent sale of its sugar division, Netherlands-based ingredients group CSM today announced strong profits in the first half and is optimistic the upward trend...
Singapore-based coffee, nuts and cocoa group Olam reported much improved profits for 2006, thanks to significantly higher volumes across all its segments as well as better product pricing.
Danisco has predicted that sugar production will be in line with EU quotas, despite the exceptionally hot and dry summer.
British sugar growers can breathe a sigh of relief after learning that one of the country's foremost beet producers will not be closing facilities as originally thought.
Up to 10 per cent of sugar cane in China's key sugar growing region may have been damaged by the typhoon that hit southern provinces last week.
European sugar giant Suedzucker expects a revenue increase of 5 per cent in 2006 / 07, underlining the group's confidence in the future of the EU sugar sector.
Suedsucker's remains confident about the EU sugar industry's future, as its first quarter interim report, published today, revealed.
Thailand's food makers could enjoy lower palm oil prices this year, with domestic production expected to increase by around a third.
The chairman of Kraft Foods, the world's second biggest food company, Roger Deromedi, has launched an attack on EU and US trade barriers that are driving up the price of...
Sugar prices on China's futures market fell sharply this week as the government announced that it would auction 552,000 tons, mostly from its reserve stocks, to stabilise prices.