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Barry Callebaut sees profits fall despite sales growth

Barry Callebaut lowers its growth outlook and predicts a challenging year ahead as high cocoa prices and high finance requirements hit 2014/2015 profits - despite solid sales growth.

Inside the ‘black box’: Crowdsourcing platform allows confectioners to gauge in-store impact

US confectioners can measure the effectiveness of in-store merchandising and promotions in real-time and quickly correct any issues by drawing on a network of 800,000 contractors, says the founder of start-up Gigwalk....

The Delisting: Confectionery ranges trimmed by under pressure UK supermarkets, says IRI

Major UK supermarkets are trimming the number of confectionery SKUs as competition from discounters forces them to simplify ranges, according to research by IRI.

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Fine flavor chocolate and kitchen cupboard candy: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2016 features calendar

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Industrial chocolate to enjoy Asia and Latin America lift, says Technavio

The global industrial chocolate market is expected to grow volumes 2.4% a year up to 2019 as Barry Callebaut, Cargill and others make headway in Latin America and Asia, says Technavio.

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The live debates: Call for panellists at ISM and ProSweets sessions

ConfectioneryNews will host three live sessions at ISM and ProSweets 2016 and seeks experts in confectionery packaging, chocolate reformulation and companies with innovative strategies to reach Millennials to join our panels.

Industry Voices – Curtis Vreeland

A dynamic bean-to-bar market creates the ‘New American Chocolate’ – but is it a game for small players only?

Confectionery consultant Curtis Vreeland assesses the growing US bean-to-bar chocolate market and asks several artisanal chocolatiers how and if they can co-exist with multinationals.

AAK acquires major stake in Indian company

Edible oils AAK has acquired a 51% share of Indian specialty oils and fats company, Kamani, to strengthen its foothold in India.

Confectionery marketing a new game in the digital world, says IRI

Shopper insights firm IRI says traditional methods to measure the impact of marketing campaigns on store sales are outmoded in the digital age.

UK candy cull: Confectionery gets the boot at Morrisons checkouts

UK supermarket chain Morrisons will replace confectionery with fruit nuts and bottled water at its principal checkouts by February 2016.

‘Free-from’ may become industry standard in snacking, Mintel analyst says

“Free-from” snack products are closer to becoming an industry standard, according to a report from Mintel.

‘On the go’ eating may mean eventual weight gain, says study

Those who eat food and other snacks on the go may end up heavier and have a greater inclination for obesity, according to a recent study.

US confectionery market: Social media and low-calorie innovation to spur modest growth, says Technavio

Market research firm Technavio expects lower calorie product introductions and a growing social media presence among branded players will help grow confectionery value sales in the US by almost 2%...

Taylors eyes future coffee investment

Taylors of Harrogate will bring the production of its new coffee capsule products in-house as soon as possible, factory manager John Hennighan has said.

Which food and drink companies use social media well – and which don't?

Nearly one third of UK tweets are about food and drink companies - an impressive figure.  But as we reported yesterday , most companies aren't making...

How good are food companies at social listening?

Nearly a third of UK brand mentions on social media are about food and drink – but how good are industry's ‘social listening’ skills?

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Could it be you? BakeryandSnacks seeks new editor

BakeryandSnacks, the leading global trade publication for manufacturers in the bakery, snacks and cereal is seeking a new editor to take it to the next level.

Australia

Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

Around two-thirds of Australians are obese and consume on average a quantity of chocolate each year equivalent to a passenger’s first-class baggage allowance on long-haul flights, Csiro, the country’s government...

Social media warning: Engaging with customers leads to more complaints

Companies that engage with customers on Twitter beware: responding to complaints on social media has the side effect of triggering new complaints, according to new research.

Crunch-down: America’s top 10 best-selling snack bars

BakeryandSnacks has chewed over IRI data to compile a satisfying list of the top 10 best-selling US snack bars.

Global food prices drop to 6-year low

Dairy and vegetable oil price drops have led the FAO Food Price Index to its lowest level in six years.

UK tea sales in hot water: Does a 22% drop signal a crisis for the British cuppa?

Falling biscuit sales may have repercussions for tea consumption, with trouble brewing for a long-upheld British tradition: a cup of tea and a biscuit. 

Night snacking woes: Is food timing is key to weight loss?

There is a lack of top level evidence to support the notion that eating ‘little and often’ is beneficial for metabolism and weight loss, say researchers who warn that more...

‘Emerging middle class’ drive B-brand growth

The emergence of a new middle class in emerging markets can serve as a catalyst to B-brand growth, rather than benefiting established global brands, say researchers.

Market Research

Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.

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