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Ivorian cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day, finds Barry Callebaut-backed study

Cocoa farmers in the top producing country Côte D’Ivoire earn around 91 US cents (CFA 568) per day, according to a study by Barry Callebaut and the French Development Agency (AFD).

Carmit launches private label vegan chocolate with rice flour

Private label maker Carmit Candy has developed a dairy-free vegan chocolate, which it will debut at Expo West in Anaheim, California, next month.

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Whole Foods executive-created OCHO Candy fills Easter's organic chocolate void

Organic confectionery brand OCHO Candy has developed its first Easter egg after spotting an unmet need for natural alternatives during the holiday season.

Hershey and Mars lose China market share to Nestlé and Ferrero

Hershey and Mars have lost market share in China's declining confectionery category to Nestlé and Ferrero, according to Euromonitor Shanghai.

Sacrificing taste for sugar reduction will ‘kill our category’: Barry Callebaut innovation chief

Barry Callebaut’s head of innovation expects the chocolate industry will opt for natural fibers to gradually cut sugar and calories, but says uptake for sugar reduction remains low.

Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Confectionery giant Mars plans to launch its CocoaVia line of cocoa flavanol-based food supplements in the UK and Ireland later this month.

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Dave’s Sweet Tooth may break $1m revenue after e-commerce scale-up

Michigan family-run toffee brand Dave’s Sweet Tooth has reported a 300% sales growth along with a 2,500% e-commerce business increase in 2016 after launching a new website through the Shopify platform last year. 

Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Functional, organic and reduced-sugar chocolate are set for higher volume and value growth than regular chocolate up to 2021, says Euromonitor.

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

Cargill has begun trialing the International Cocoa Initiative’s (ICI) child labor monitoring and remediation system in cocoa growing communities in Côte D’Ivoire.

Wrigley launches first soft chews under Orbit brand

Wrigley has added a soft chew format for Orbit White in the US as the country's chewing gum market returns to growth after a challenging few years.

Hershey's chocolate Valentine’s NPD: KitKat Red Velvet, Reese’s hearts and more

Hershey has  launched a string of Valentine’s Day products this year under its core brands across the US, including KitKat, Reese’s, and Cadbury, as IRI estimates the season generated nearly $2.8bn worth of candy sales in 2015.

Van den Bosch ensures hearts are not broken on Valentine’s Day

In the US alone, 58 million pounds of chocolate and 36 million heart-shaped boxes are sold during Valentines’ Day – worth $448m.

Nestlé targets Millennial travelers with KitKat Mini Moments

Nestlé International Travel Retail (NITR) has started rolling out KitKat Mini Moments across major international airports following an initial launch at Dubai International Airport in December, 2016. 

ISM 2017

Bon Bon Buddies extends Disney partnership with new fruit candies

UK licensing confectioner Bon Bon Buddies has unveiled its latest “100% fruit-made” candies, Fruitickles, at ISM 2017 in Cologne, Germany, but will not roll out the brand across the EMEA region until May.

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

Chinese police recently seized 300,000 counterfeit chocolate pieces during the 2017 Lunar New Year worth around 700 RMB ($102) per box, after a wedding candy store owner received complaints from local consumers.

Mondelēz’s Milka brand enters brownies segment, ready to roll out across Europe

Mondelēz-owned Milka has launched its first brownie products in France, and plans to introduce the range across other key EU markets in 2017, according to the company’s Twitter.

ProSweets 2017

Döhler Cactus Pear-Kiwi functional gummie equivalent to one-and-a-half cups of espresso

Döhler has launched a range of gummies and jellies based on 100% ingredients from fruit such as pectin from apple, juice concentrate, and fruit sugars instead of sucrose or glucose syrup.

Q4 and full-year results

Hershey bets on multi-textural snacking and Chinese e-commerce for growth

Reese’s and Cookie Layer Crunch will be major investment focuses when Hershey’s next CEO Michele Buck takes office in March, 2017, according to the company’s Q4 earnings conference call.

Mars invests $900m in US supply chain with sustainability its priority

M&Ms maker Mars has announced it will invest $900m in its US supply chain in addition to the recent $1bn investment aimed at boosting its domestic manufacturing capabilities. 

ProSweets 2017

Norevo launches a process for chewy candy with vitamins

Norevo, which supplies natural ingredients for the confectionery, food and cosmetic industry, has launched Quick Mix, to produce chewy candy without a cooking step. 

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