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Wolfgang Candy plans multi-million-dollar factory amid ‘substantial’ growth

Fourth generation family confectionery business Wolfgang Candy has purchased property in Loganville PA, with a view to establishing a candy manufacturing plant by November this year.

Michelsen Chocolate sources 100% Fairtrade cocoa

Danish firm Sv. Michelsen Chocolate says it has become the first chocolate company in the country to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa.

Energy Bombs aims to create coffee alternative for US gum consumer

Energy Bombs chewing gum has rolled out its products at convenience stores across the US with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 10-piece pack.

Mars adds Boo-tterscotch M&M's to Halloween lineup

Mars is to launch an M&M's butterscotch flavor exclusively at Target stores across the US this Halloween.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Inside scoop: Nestlé doubles its largest quality assurance center to fight for confectionery safety

Nestlé’s gives ConfectioneryNews a look inside its $31m expanded quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, where it is battling the emerging threat of foreign bodies in confections.

Confectionery faces voluntary sugar targets and calorie caps in the UK

Voluntary sugar targets and calorie caps on confectionery and eight other categories are planned by the UK government in March 2017

Higher cocoa chocolate may not mean more flavanols, say researchers

The most familiar quality parameter of chocolate – the cocoa solids percentage – has no correlation with flavanol levels, according to a study by the University of Reading.

EU Commission raises concerns over Dow DuPont merger

The European Commission says it has opened an investigation to see if the proposed merger of Dow and DuPont is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.

Kroger hooks Mondelēz’s new Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos

Mondelēz has launched Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, which combine Oreo chocolate wafers and Swedish Fish-flavored crème, exclusively at Kroger stores across the US.

Cocoa premiums perpetuate poverty and should be 30 times higher, says Cacao for Change

Social venture Cacao for Change has written to Barack Obama and Ban Ki Moon calling for cocoa prices to triple.

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Gelita taps clean label trend through promoting collagen protein

Gelita, one of the world’s largest animal-based protein companies, has showcased how neutral-tasting collagen peptides can be used for protein enrichment.

Crowdfunding push to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand

A $10,000 crowdfunding push has been started in a bid to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand.

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CCN-51: Cocoa’s shining light or a risky monocrop?

Cocoa and chocolate stakeholders highlight the advantages and potential pitfalls of high-yielding cocoa variety CCN-51. What part should it play in the industry’s drive for sustainability?

India may allow vegetable fats in chocolate

Vegetable fats such as palm oil may be permitted in chocolate up to 5% under draft regulation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Barry Callebaut gears up for India ‘premiumization’ with chocolate academy

Barry Callebaut has opened a chocolate academy in Mumbai as it anticipates growth in India’s premium and gourmet chocolate segment.

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Light up candy floss, thirst globes & 3D chocolate diamonds – 2020 confectionery trends

The future of sweets disconnects with the past of sugar dependency, artificial colors, and flavors, according to food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.

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Stomping out diabesity: Steviva touts natural sweetener for sugar-free chocolate

Steviva Ingredients has introduced a sugar replacer, Erysweet + Ultra stevia and erythritol blend, that it claims can solve sugar-free chocolate's tempering issues and deliver up to 99% sugar reduction.

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Natural-positioned snacks driving growth in specialty channel, says Spins

Snack sales are growing more than twice as fast in the US ‘speciality gourmet’ retail channel than through mainstream stores, according to retail analysts Spins.

High protein chocolate coatings moving to trail mixes & clusters: Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says protein chocolate is poised to expand beyond traditional granola and energy bars to clusters and trail mixes.

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