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Nestlé develops natural method to cut sugar in chocolate by 40%

Nestlé plans to introduce a faster-dissolving sugar across some of its confectionery range from 2018.

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Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Cisse Cocoa brings single-origin cocoa beans to its snacking chocolate products

Cisse Cocoa to expand fair trade chocolate snacks in key retailers

Cisse Cocoa has brought fair trade, single-origin cocoa beans to its chocolate bark products, as the company believes the 'snackfection' trend is no longer a secret to the consumer

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

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Barry Callebaut sets 2025 target for sustainable cocoa

Barry Callebaut has pledged to bring 500,000 cocoa farmers out of extreme poverty and eradicate child labor in its supply chain under an initiative to source fully sustainable cocoa by 2025.

Thew Arnott launches zein-based food glaze for confectionery products

The UK-based specialty ingredients developer, Thew Arnott, is now offering a vegan alternative to shellac in its range of AraTAs coatings for confectionery products. Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac beetle, and is often used a food glaze.

Americanna spearheads edibles market by launching first Cannabis puffs

The cannabis industry just welcomed a new edibles format, puffs, thanks to one of the major edibles brands in the US market, Americanna. 

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Yummex Middle East

Leaf Brands on making candy ‘fun again’

Leaf Brands says it is making candy ‘fun again’ by inventing products with names such as Farts candy, which won Most Innovative Product award at Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago two year’s ago.

Eight-minute podcast: Fairtrade’s new cocoa director

Fairtrade to review cocoa premium against farmer income study

Fairtrade International plans next year to review its minimum price and premium for certified cocoa against a study measuring the drivers of income for farmers.

Peppersmith repositions as dental health brand, targeting $3.8m sales

UK mint and gum maker Peppersmith is to reposition itself as a dental health brand and has secured a listing in supermarket Waitrose's dental section.

Yummex Middle East

Katjes to launch ‘Cola the Cat’ in the Middle East

Katjes plans to launch ‘Cola the Cat’ jellies in 2017 after a successful year entering the Middle East market.

Behind the curtain: Calls for accountability in cocoa chain grow louder

Chocolate companies are coming under increasing scrutiny to publish third-party verified impacts on cocoa sustainability efforts, including taxes paid in origin countries.

Barry Callebaut invests $20m in US West Coast factory

Barry Callebaut plans to up capacity at its American Canyon facility in California as it anticpates growing demand for chocolate and compound products on the US West Coast.

Annual results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut outstrips chocolate volume growth as chairman steps down

Barry Callebaut has outpaced the overall global chocolate market in its full-year results as long-serving chairman Andreas Jacobs announces plans to step down.

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in confectionery, finds Czech study

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in finished confectionery products as previously assumed, a Czech study suggests.

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Mars debuts caramel-filled M&M's produced by new technology

Mars has launched M&M’s Caramel at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia, which will join Peanut, Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter as the largest four variants for the brand.

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Gummies overtake chocolate in Colorado cannabis edibles space

Gummies are now the most popular cannabis edibles in Colorado with a share of 22% share of sales in the sector, says a newly released report from BDS Analytics’ GreenEdge database.

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO, Caroline McArdle.

SIAL, Paris 2016

Shelf-appeal chocolate wrappers feature pets that look like famous people

Chocolate and Love has found an award-winning formula with its added-value wrappers that feature pets that look like famous people, from Audrey Hepburn to Lady Gaga. 

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