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Confectioners should set a deadline for 100% certified cocoa, sugar and palm oil: Caobisco

EU confectionery trade body Caobisco is encouraging its members to set a date by which they will source all cocoa, palm oil and sugar from a certified sustainable source.

Sugar free and indulgent are not mutually exclusive, says Lily’s Sweets

Lily’s Sweets says it has no intention to launch any sugar-added chocolate products in the near future. 

Barry Callebaut-owned American Almond’s new facility opened in New Jersey

American Almond has opened its new facility that it moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Pennsauken, New Jersey, to expand its nut-based products portfolio. 

More child labor prevention needed as cocoa prices fall, warn UTZ and ICI

 A sharp decline in cocoa prices could put children at increased risk of child labor unless more is done, say the heads of UTZ and ICI.

Mondelēz signs deal with Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana deal to reduce cocoa deforestation

Mondelēz’s sustainability program, Cocoa Life, will collaborate with governments in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana to reduce deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

Ferrero opens first Asian innovation centre in Singapore

Ferrero has opened its first Asian Innovation Center in Singapore to develop and test new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.

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Goupie: ‘Salted confectionery still has a huge pull on the consumer’

Artisan confectionery brand Goupie has won a silver award for its Salted Sticky Toffee, in the Free-From category at the Food Talk Awards 2017.

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Bazooka Candy launches sharable Baby Bottle Pop Popping Powder

Bazooka Candy unveiled its four-pack Baby Bottle Pop Popping Powder at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

Nestlé comes out top in report assessing chocolate companies for their progress tackling child labor

Nestlé Cocoa Plan has come out top in a report by Stop the Traffik and Baptist World Aid Australia assessing the progress made by chocolate companies and certification organizations in tackling child labor in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. 

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UTZ and Rainforest Alliance merger to set cocoa sustainability standards

Sustainability certification organizations, UTZ and the Rainforest Alliance, are expected to merge in the fall of 2017. 

Oreo and Milka among products developed at Mondelēz Polish technical center

Mondelēz has started operating its latest technical center in Poland, where around 130 specialists will develop the company’s key European biscuits and chocolate products, such as Milka, Oreo, Alpen Gold and Prince Polo. 

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Russell Stover launches first sugar-free chocolate line sweetened with stevia extract

Russell Stover has unveiled a sugar-free chocolate line at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

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Lampados International launches 3D stevia sweetner

Lampados International’s 3D sweetener for hot drinks, Liteez, has now been launched with stevia instead of sucralose.

Global confectionery sector to grow CAGR 4.6% from 2016–2021

Manufacturers to develop confectionery with vegetables for a healthier halo

An improving global economy, stronger than expected economy in developed countries and rising disposable incomes in developing countries are the main reasons why demand is growing for confectionery products, according to Global Data.

Divine Chocolate expands UK and global listings

Divine Chocolate is expanding its export portfolio announcing new listings with existing customers Waitrose and BP Connect in the UK, and Walgreens in the US.

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Mars-owned Ethel M seeking US national distribution with Amazon and mass retailers

Ethel M plans to talk to Amazon and mass retailers to bring its chocolate to consumers across the US, ConfectioneryNews learned at the Sweets and Snacks Expo last month in Chicago.

Ivory Coast and Ghana agree to create Sustainable Cocoa Initiative

The leaders of the Ivory Coast and Ghana have agreed to set up a joint industry body called The Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Sustainable Cocoa Initiative to get better pay for farmers, combat cross-border smuggling and encourage further collaboration between the two countries.

Pecan Deluxe hires Chamber International to improve its export efficiency following Brexit

Pecan Deluxe which exports more than 75% of its bespoke cakes, biscuits, sauces and desserts to the EU, has hired overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, to offset any challenges posed by Brexit.

Ferrero opens world's first Nutella Café in Chicago

Ferrero has invested several millions of dollars in the world's first Nutella Café in the US.

Nestlé increases Milkybar’s milk content to meet sugar reduction goal

Nestlé UK has reformulated Milkybar to boost milk percentage from 26% to 37.5%.

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