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Cémoi CEO to lead CAOBISCO

The Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO) has elected Patrick Poirrier, CEO of French chocolatier Cémoi, as its new president.

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same...

Polish confectionery market weathers falling birth rate

Poland’s confectionery market survived the recessionary storm virtually unscathed and continues to buck the trend despite its shrinking population, according to Leatherhead Foods, principal market analyst, Jonathan Thomas.

Australia

Lindt the clear challenger as Cadbury’s block sales decline

While Cadbury has been enduring a challenging time of late in Malaysia , news from Australia is not likely to sweeten the company’s mood.

European RSPO 2014

Sustainable palm oil pressures worrying to emerging economies

Food businesses and consumers don’t understand the impact emerging economies could face if pressure to source 100% sustainable palm oil builds too quickly, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) sustainable development manager...

World Environment Day - June 5 2014 - Driving action on climate change

Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

Thinking big, getting small: Sizing up Mars product launches

The candy giant is looking to take a bigger bite out of the confectionery market with bite-size bars, giant-size candies, and other fresh takes on existing brands.

Snyderman: People are ‘hard wired’ to love candy

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.

Checkout bans could kick confectionery while it's down: Euromonitor

The recent flurry of retail checkout confectionery bans, joined last month by retail giant Tesco, could hurt impulse-driven sales, but present high margin opportunities to supermarkets, according to Euromonitor analysts.

CKG cashing-in on burgeoning Middle East chocolate market

Ivory Coast-based, CKG Group Holding is to expand its chocolate operations into Oman in a joint venture with the ‘Sultanate’.

Is that a snack or a candy? ‘It’s so blurred now’, says NCA president

Snacks and confectionery have truly blurred from a product perspective and retail slant, says the president of the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Which big player will be first on functional confectionery scene?

The functional confectionery market is awaiting a big player and private label maker Carmit Candy gives its tip on which it’s likely to be.

Irish dairy group beefs up African ingredients presence

The opening last week of a regional development and application centre in Durban, South Africa, signals a clear intent by Kerry Foods to ramp up its focus on the fast...

2014 SWEETS AND SNACKS EXPO

Sweet innovation? Candy makers are sticking to what they know, says Euromonitor

For the most part, confectioners have continued to innovate in known areas like flavor, product size and packaging rather than innovating for health, says Euromonitor International.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Top 8 product launches at Sweets and Snacks

The Sweets and Snacks Expo has wrapped up for 2014, but the scores of notable product launches has left show attendees with a sweet taste in their mouths. If you...

Tesco banishes sweets from all checkouts

Major UK supermarket Tesco has committed to removing sweets and chocolates from all of its checkouts by the end of the year.

2014 sweets and snacks

Candy sales are dandy at $33.6bn in the US

Candy industry experts report confectionery sales are faring better than figures in other retail food markets, with US shoppers snapping up nearly $34bn worth of sweet treats annually.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Emotional brain food for madam, and the caffeine source for you sir

When it comes to cognitive health products, women look for emotional ‘brain food’, while men look for caffeine sources, according to a survey of German students.

UK data shows most people do not meet healthy eating targets

The UK population is still consuming too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre, says a new report.

Health conscious Indians ditch traditional sweets for chocolate - TechSci Research

Indian consumers are swapping traditional, high calorie confectionery in favor of chocolate, according to TechSci Research.

Guest article

European nutrition innovation is dead? Long live fusion innovation!

Consensus was real innovation was difficult to perceive with the naked eye at Vitafoods Europe this year. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist, says Healthy Marketing Team president and...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Nutrition Capital Network takes venture to Vitafoods Geneva

Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) chief Grant Ferrier took his capital-connecting nutrition venture to Vitafoods in Geneva this week.

Vitafoods 2014 Live!

Watch it live: Vitafoods 2014 video stream

Get the latest insights and highlights from the Vitafoods 2014 show right from your web browser with our live video feed from the show. Tune in to watch key interviews...

Vitafoods 2014 Live

Vitafoods tweet by tweet: The key quotes from social media

Our team of journalists and editors will be bringing you the latest news, views, pictures and tweets from the Vitafoods show in Geneva. Stick with us to keep up to date...

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