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Bookmark this section to see what the big names in ingredients supply are up to from Cargill and ADM to Barry Callebaut, AAK and Palsgaard. Stay up to speed with developments in cocoa butter and powder, fat reduction, milk powder and gelatin.

Mars defends artificial dyes and says natural switch 'won't happen overnight'

Mars says it is exploring natural alternatives but sees no safety concerns with artificial colors and flavors.

Probe launched

Commission fears Cargill’s ADM chocolate buy could lead to price hikes

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Cargill’s proposed acquisition of ADM’s industrial chocolate business amid concerns it could lead to price increases.

Clear label pledge

Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Kisses to go non-GM

Hershey intends to remove genetically-modified ingredients from Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Kisses by the end of the year.

Nestlé USA to ditch artificial colors and flavors

Nestlé intends replace all artificial colors and flavors in confectionery sold in the US with ingredients from natural sources by the end of the year.

Chocozero aims to counter ‘tasteless’ lactose-free chocolate segment

A Swiss company has introduced lactose-free chocolate Chocozero, which it claims will help manufacturers offer a better tasting option for a rising global population of lactose intolerants.

Barry Callebaut adds US plant in World's Finest Chocolate outsourcing deal

Barry Callebaut has entered a long-term agreement to supply industrial chocolate to World's Finest Chocolate and has leased the latter’s Chicago plant.

The tropical fruit with a vibrant red colour and anti-oxidant credentials

Breathing fire into confectionery: Dragon fruit a ‘promising’ ingredient for functional confections

Red pitaya fruit puree could prove a ‘promising and safe functional ingredient’ for gummy confections, according to a new Malaysian study.

Certification to assure soy-free sunflower lecithin

Cert ID Europe has introduced a certification programme to confirm that sunflower lecithin does not contain traces of soy.

The fourth degree: Our heat tolerant chocolate doesn’t skimp on taste, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says it has developed a thermo-tolerant chocolate that can withstand four degrees more heat than a standard chocolate recipe without compromising on taste.

Barry Callebaut grows above chocolate confectionery market in Q1

Leading cocoa processor Barry Callebaut has reported volume growth ahead of the global chocolate confectionery market in its first quarter.

Intense sweeteners have no proven nutritional value, says French authority

Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)...

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

Cocoa processing still a ‘three horse race’ after Olam’s ADM Cocoa buy: Analyst

Olam’s $1.3bn deal to acquire ADM Cocoa is likely to have little impact on the price of cocoa ingredients for chocolate makers because grinding capacity is still concentrated with three...

News in brief

Olam International strikes 'transformational' deal to acquire ADM's global cocoa business for $1.3bn

ADM has struck a deal to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International Limited for $1.3bn.

Dietitians ‘ambivalent’ about recommending low-calorie sweeteners

Not all dietitians recommend the use of low-calorie sweeteners in weight management, a study published in The European Journal of Public Health has found.

Cargill opens $100m Indonesian cocoa plant

Cargill has opened its first cocoa processing facility in Asia in the East Java region of Indonesia.

The Easter egg of 2015: ‘Like a Picasso, it will be more an art piece’

Confectionery manufacturers are expected to put twists on classic Easter eggs in 2015 as consumers start to display Easter treats at home like works of art, according to Barry Callebaut.

Trendspotter

Crunch, acidity and shimmer in vogue, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut is receiving a growing number of requests for confections with sparkling colors that combine crunch and bitterness at its decorations lab in the Netherlands.

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Significant changes required for ‘light in calories’ chocolate

Chocolate makers must completely replace sugar and reduce fat content to a legal minimum to be able to make a ‘light in calories’ claim in the EU, according to Barry...

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

Special edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reduced or no sugar SKUs help confectioners cut calories without risk

Manufacturers can create reduced or no sugar hard and soft candy product extensions without the risk of changing the taste of a proven seller through reformulation, according to Cargill.

Barry Callebaut to invest $28m on Polish plant expansion

Barry Callebaut plans to expand its chocolate plant in Lodz, Poland to help supply Central and Western Euro

Chocolate gloom inspires compound coating boom in Asia and Eastern Europe, says Cargill

Cocoa powder demand for use in compound confectionery coatings is rising rapidly in Asia and Eastern Europe as rising cocoa butter prices up the cost of chocolate manufacturing.

Barry Callebaut boss to step down after bumper 2014

Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann will resign next year after his company posted revenue and net profit growth in fiscal 2014.

Henry's Humdingers wants to spread word about spicy honey and the problems afflicting bees

CEO Henry Miller had a vision for his company, Henry’s Humdingers, when he founded it. He wanted to give consumers a new take on honey and at the same time...

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