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GUEST ARTICLE: Click for Cupid…Maximizing Valentine’s Day sales online

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), a quarter of Valentine’s shoppers went online to shop and/or buy gifts in 2015, up from 16.3% the prior year. 

Full-year Financial Results

Mondelēz forsees further emerging market challenges in 2016

Mondelēz has reported full-year organic revenue growth in chocolate below the overall market  and expects the macroeconomic environment in emerging markets to remain challenging.

Blendhub Corp to host first international event in Dubai

Blendhub Corp. will host its first international event, the ‘Professional Network’ to coincide with Gulfood 2016, in Dubai, on February 24.

Dutch astronaut opens Royal Duyvis Wiener technology center

Astronaut André Kuipers, has opened a technology centre at Royal Duyvis Wiener’s HQ in Koog aan de Zaan, the Netherlands, claiming he wants to take Dutch cheese and chocolate on...

Interactive Media

The Buzz: ISM 2016 innovations and gossip

Catch up on the social media gossip and candy innovations at ISM 2016 in Cologne, Germany.

Sweet-toothed Aussie youngsters build platform for chocolate spreads

While nowhere near as popular as salty spreads like Vegemite and peanut butter, or as widely consumed as honey or jam, chocolate and hazelnut spreads have gained a definite cult...

UNI Packaging to increase UK market share with £1.5m investment

UNI Packaging has invested £1.5m ($1.4m) in its St. Helens, Lancashire manufacturing site, including a Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret Slitter, to increase its UK market share in the short run,...

ISM & ProSweets 2016

PWR Pack expands its production facilities as it moves into 3D robotic grippers

PWR Pack, which supplies robotic packaging to the food manufacturing industry, is expanding its production facilities as it moves into 3D grippers.

Exclusive interview

McCrea’s Candies expands distrbution to US West Coast, says founder

Boston-based McCrea’s Candies has begun selling its products on the West Coast for the first time after flagship brand Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel bagged the Good Foods Awards’ confectionery...

Financial Results

Hershey sees international glitch driven by China's weak chocolate appetite

Hershey’s international sales plummeted 26.8% to $281.5m in the fourth quarter primarily due to declines in China.

Exclusive CEO interview

Fannie May eyes drug and c-store expansion as it rebrands classic range with Chicago pride

Fannie May hopes to enter new distribution channels after rebranding packs for its premium chocolate range to designs that resonate with Chicago pride, says its CEO.

Patent Watch

No oxygen required: Mars seeks patent for cocoa fermentation using airtight bags

Cocoa off-flavors can be avoided by fermenting beans in sealed vacuumed bags inside an incubator with yeast starter cultures, claims Mars in a patent application

ISM Essentials: Be in the know for Cologne

Discover the supporting program and what to look out for at the world’s largest confectionery fair.

ISM live debate

New age tactics: Barry Callebaut, IRI & KPMG to discuss reaching Millennial consumers

Market analysts IRI and KPMG will join Barry Callebaut’s global marketing director in debating strategies to formulate market and merchandise confections to cater to influential millennial consumers.

ProSweets Live Debate

Reformulating chocolate to reduce sugar and fat key as regulations harden

A free-to-attend ProSweets panel discussion featuring Mondelēz and Nestlé will assess how chocolate makers can develop and reformulate products to comply with self-imposed nutrition guidelines.

Hershey’s launches Chocotubs in IML packaging in Brazil

Hershey’s has launched its Chocotubs crunchy cookies with chocolate dip, in in-mould labelling (IML) packaging with labels from Verstraete IML, in Brazil.

ISM & ProSweets 2016 Preview

‘Winners of the pack’ Processing & Packaging round-up ISM & ProSweets 2016

From Crown’s LED lighting to give seasonal, limited edition, premium biscuits and confectionery a striking on-shelf appeal to Bosch’s WRF 600 Flex roller former for multilayer bars – we round up some...

Reduced sugar chocolate cracked with inulin and isomalt combo, claims Beneo

Beneo claims previously untested varieties of inulin and isomalt come closer to matching the taste and mouthfeel of sugar in chocolate than ever before.

News in brief

Premium chocolatier Montezuma’s gains Sainsbury’s listing

Luxury British chocolate brand Montezuma’s has secured distribution in over 300 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.

Ferrero’s Kinder Surprise toy linked to child’s death in France

Prosecutors are investigating if a three-year old girl in France died after choking on a toy from a Kinder Surprise egg.

Exclusive interview

Nestlé nutrition expert talks ‘difficult’ task of cutting sugar in confectionery

KitKat maker Nestlé reports progress in reducing sugar across its confectionery portfolio but won’t reformulate to a lower threshold until sugar’s link to obesity and type 2 diabetes is substantiated....

Mangosteen rind ups 'cheap chocolate' polyphenols by 50%: Research

Adding a mangosteen fruit by-product to cheaper low cocoa chocolates could improve their nutritional content without compromising flavour, researchers have discovered. 

News in brief

Cult Candy: Hershey refreshes Take5 brand after sales soar without marketing support

Hershey has re-branded and relaunched its candy brand Take5 after sales grew 10% in the last three years without any marketing support.

Dispatches from Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

'What's old is new': BT McElrath brings back handmade toffee after 20-year hiatus

BT McElrath has relaunched its all-natural toasted almond toffee product at the Winter Fancy Food Show this year 20 years later after it was pulled. 

Nestlé KitKat shape trademark fails as Cadbury appeal allowed

A UK high court has ruled Nestlé’s KitKat lacks the distinctiveness to be registered as a 3D shape trademark. Nestlé plans to appeal the judgment.

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