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EFKO grows confectionery fat sales as multinationals make gains in Russia

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has reported sales growth for its confectionery fats division in H1 as multinational confectioners post sales gains in Russia.

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Nestlé develops inkjet printing using only ‘kitchen cupboard’ ingredients

Nestlé’s R&D arm Nestec has filed a patent for inkjet printing on panned confections such as Smarties chocolate and biscuits using only ingredients it claims consumers would be familiar with....

Whole new ball game: Double-ball lollipops to be a hit in Asia, says Baker Perkins

A novel lollipop shape featuring two hard candy balls allows confectioners to combine colors and flavors in a single product and could prove popular in Asia, says equipment supplier Baker...

Norwegians loyal to domestic confectionery brands: Leatherhead

The Norwegian confectionery market is unusual by Western European standards since its domestic brands stand tall with the multinationals, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Wine not? Grape-skin powder ups candy flavonol and fiber count, say researchers

Adding grape-skin powder to fruit candies may increase antioxidant content, open fiber claim doors and shorten dehydration time, according to a study.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Researchers call for ‘radical rethink’ of free sugars targets

Intakes of free dietary sugars should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake in order to battle the ‘significant’ financial and social burdens of tooth decay, warn researchers.

Follow the light: LED-lit displays boost candy sales, claims Mars

Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley have introduced cash counter racks illuminated with LED lighting that they claim can increase front end confectionery sales by 10-12%.

Wild taps spirulina for natural colors range

Wild Flavors has developed a natural color series that includes a blue derived from microalgae spirulina, giving confectioners a natural option for fruit flavors like blueberry.

Russia bans Ukraine confectionery imports

Russian authorities have imposed an import ban on confectionery produced in Ukraine.

News in brief

Prescription tablet found on Nestlé UK Jelly Tots line

Nestlé UK has said there is no cause for alarm after a prescription drug was found on jelly tot line at Nestlé its plant in Fawdon, Newcastle.

Added sugar labeling could compromise trade secrets, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association is concerned that added sugar declarations on the Nutrition Facts Panel would force confectioners to give away recipe “trade secrets”.

Candy prohibition: Aldi bans confectionery at UK checkouts

Aldi has become the latest UK supermarket to ditch checkout confectionery in favor of healthier items.

Patent Watch

Tate & Lyle seeks patent for reduced sugar corn syrup soft gums and caramels

Ingredients supplier Tate & Lyle has filed a patent for a method to produce low sugar content soft gums and caramel using reduced sugar corn syrup.

News in brief

Jelly Belly consolidates branded manufacturing in California

Jelly Belly has announced plans to cut 66 jobs at its North Chicago plant and move branded manufacturing to its Californian headquarters.

Innovate or die: Top confectioners unveil recent and upcoming launches

ConfectioneryNews sifts through recent and future launches from the world’s biggest confectionery firms including Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Haribo.

Cocoa costs rip into Nestlé confectionery operating profits

Nestlé has taken a 24% hit in first half confectionery operating profits due to spiraling cocoa costs and intense competition.

Contamination detection needs to improve to appease retailers, says Mettler-Toledo

Inspection system features like reject confirmation systems and locked reject bins can help confectionery manufacturers stay abreast of the exacting safety demands of big retailers, says Mettler-Toledo.

Candy barons: Top 9 richest candymen and women

Where does the distribution of wealth lie in the $196bn global confectionery industry?

Move over! Asia Pacific to top North America in 2014 confectionery sales

Asia Pacific will leapfrog North America in 2014 retail value confectionery sales to become the world’s second largest market, according to Euromonitor International.

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

Wood you? Novel pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies

Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to...

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

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