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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.

Cocoa to bubble over?

Cocoa traders have predicted that cocoa prices are set to increase. This estimate follows an incredible period during which the price of the commodity has...

Russia: a sweet-toothed nation

Consultancy firm Market Advice believes that the Russian confectionery industry is in good shape. The agency has drawn up a detailed impression of the current...

Slimming costs with cheaper fats

European Union chocolate makers have an opportunity to make significant cost savings through the use of cheaper fats. European legislation, which could come into effect...

A waffle revolution in Russia?

A survey of waffle consumption in Russia reveals that traditional non-packaged snacks remain very popular. The survey, conducted last month by consulting agency Market Advice,...

US to aid Vietnam cocoa

Vietnam's burgeoning cocoa industry received a significant boost last week after the US government confirmed it would provide $4 million (€3.4m) in development aid. The...

Mixed year for UK confectionery exports

The latest export figures from marketing agency Food from Britain reveal that UK confectionery exports were relatively stable last year. Total exports within this lucrative...

ASA: WTO the only way

The goal of genuine global free trade in sugar is only possible through the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said a US sugar industry expert before...

Germans cautious over cocoa

London cocoa prices hit a new 15-month low last week, encouraging many German buyers to pull out of the market in the hope that prices...

Vietnam increases cocoa production

Vietnam is halfway through its 2003 programme of cocoa plantation. Hoang Thanh Tiem, the director of the Agro-Forestry Scientific and Technical Institute in Daklak, told...

Cadbury tactics questioned

Cadbury Schweppes, the UK soft drinks and confectionery group, has hit out at critics of its Get Active scheme which allows schools to swap chocolate...

Sweetworks acquires Sixlets brand

Hershey Foods Corporation has agreed terms for the sale of its Sixlets confectionery candy brand to New York-based firm Sweetworks. Included in the transaction is...

Cadbury schools scheme criticised

On the surface, it seems quite innocuous - a scheme allowing children to exchange their chocolate bar wrappers for points which can be redeemed against...

Innovate and invest, UK biscuit makers told

Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and biscuit, cake and confectionery manufacturers in the UK are no exception. Speaking at the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate...

Kerry adds to ingredients business

Kerry, the Irish ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group, has expanded its business in the US with the acquisition of two food ingredients businesses -...

Swiss biscuit sector hit by German decline

After five consecutive years of strong growth, the Swiss biscuit sector showed a marked downturn in 2002 as a result of increased imports and the...

Cheap imports hit Swiss confectionery market

Last month we reported that Swiss chocolate manufacturers had seen domestic sales fall as a result of lower tourist numbers and hot summer weather, but...

Europe concerned about GM biscuits

Confirming reports from the European Commission this week that the European consumer is sceptical about food-related biotechnologies, are the findings of a joint UK-US study...

UK tops the sweet tooth stakes

Brits may have the sweetest tooth in Europe but new evidence suggests that health and diet concerns are pushing the UK consumer towards healthier sugar...

Bio direction for minty-tasting coatings

The food industry could shortly be using a new, bio-based approach to manufacturing mannitol - the minty-tasting sugar alcohol used as a powdery coating on...

'Green' chocolate group gains ground

The US market for natural and organic chocolate increased rapidly last year, with two brands in particular driving growth - Newman's Own Organics and Endangered...

Exports boost Swiss chocolate sales

Switzerland is well known for many things - cuckoo clocks, cheese, banks - but one of its products above all others had a tough year...

Chocolate makers cashing in on love?

Valentine's Day is traditionally a day of love and romance, but it is also one of the prime times of the year (along with Easter...

Europe bans konjac in jelly sweets

The European Parliament yesterday voted with an overwhelming majority for a permanent ban on the use of the food additive E425, otherwise known as konjac,...

Valentine chocs good for the heart, in more ways than one

Results from research carried out at the University of California reinforce the recent revelations concerning chocolate's potential cardiovascular benefits. The review, published this month in...

Kids take on adults in international confectionery stakes

The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) held last month in Cologne, Germany, clearly illustrated the key confectionery trends, write market analysts Euromonitor. Particularly evident...

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