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Ukrainian sweet makers confident of growth

Confectionery producers in Ukraine are confident that they will be able to increase output by 10 per cent this year, mainly as a result of...

German confectionery strike looms

The German NGG union, which represents many chocolate industry workers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has agreed to meet employer representatives for talks next...

CAOBISCO calls for reform

CAOBISCO, the European association of chocolate, biscuits and confectionery industries, has called for major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU sugar regime....

Latvia achieves sweet deal

Latvia's food producers will be able to export a number of products to the European Union free of import duty as of 1 July 2003,...

Groundbreaking expo launched

The date for Confectionery Manufacturing Expo (CM-expo), Europe's first show dedicated to the suppliers and buyers of the chocolate and confectionery manufacturing industry, has been...

Cocoa driving Russian drinks market

Earlier this week we reported on the state of play in the Russian cocoa market and the likely knock-on effect on the confectionery sector, according...

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...

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