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Australian confectionery industry rejects claims it is snubbing star labeling

The AI Group has disputed claims from consumer group CHOICE that its confectionery members are ignoring the country’s health star labeling system.

Ulmer Schokoladen turns to Bosch to replace 20-year-old chocolate packaging line

Ulmer Schokoladen has partnered with Bosch Packaging Technology to modernize its Bag-in-Box chocolate line after 20 years.

Steviva receives Safe Quality Food certification

Stevia supplier Steviva has received Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification at its new headquarters based in Portland.

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The future of packaging knows no bounds, says CDP

There are some exciting opportunities ahead as the future of packaging knows no bounds, according to Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP), but how can manufacturers tap into this space while taking...

CEO talk

Free2b Foods pulls off ‘difficult task’ of chocolate without dairy

US allergen-free candy firm Free2b Foods has appointed a General Mills veteran as its CEO as it goes dairy-free and expands into chocolate bars.

NPD

Theo Chocolate introduces heart health quinoa cocoa flavanol clusters

Bean-to-bar maker Theo Chocolate has launched a range of quinoa chocolate clusters containing 50 mg of flavanols per serving.

Startup Tracker

Whaddyaluv: Spruce0132’s experiential artisan chocolate brand set for US entry

Family startup Spruce0132 is to introduce a chocolate brand to boutique channels across the US made entirely from Ecuadorian Sacha Gold cocoa.

'Win the screen': Mondelēz global e-commerce director shares online retail tips

Online impulse purchasing is about knowing your shoppers and making an offer that “would speak to them at exactly the moment that they’re on that webpage," says Mondelēz’s global e-commerce director, Neil...

James Cropper launches luxury food paper packaging

Papermaker James Cropper has launched a food contact-approved range of luxury papers for dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs for the food packaging industry.

Expo East 2016

Expo East 2016 sneak peak: Some of the contenders for Best of East award

Forty-eight natural products are competing to be winner of the Best of East Awards at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland this year.

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Godiva taps single origin chocolate sector with G by Godiva

Pladis-owned Godiva Chocolatier has introduced a Mexican single origin range to its boutiques and select retail partners in North America. 

Safety First Series

Killing at source: How to avoid cadmium and lead in chocolate

ForestFinest Consulting outlines steps chocolate makers can take to comply with incoming regulations on heavy metal traces.

NPD

Birthday Cake Kisses and Reese's wands: Hershey expands seasonal offer

Hershey has introduced birthday-themed items for brands such as Reese's and Kisses at Walmart’s celebrations aisle and at select retailers throughout the US.

Exclusive interview

Baron Chocolatier aims to rengage Millennials with US premium chocolate offer

Premium chocolate brand Baron Chocolatier has launched a line of chocolate bars exclusively at Dollar General across the US, while separately it plans to expand in Mexico and the UK....

Enjoy Life Foods builds $39m ‘free-from' bakery to expand global footprint

Mondelēz-owned snack brand Enjoy Life Foods has doubled its capacity with the opening a new 200,000-square-foot free-from bakery in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Mondelēz ramps up presence in emerging markets with $65m R&D investment

Mondelēz International is to invest $65m in developing a global network of research & development facilities.

Hershey partners with Chef’d to tap $2bn meal kit industry

Online meal kit company Chef’d has struck a deal to produce Hershey branded desserts as the US chocolate leader expands into flourishing US meal kit market.

On the move

Mondelēz names Northern Europe president amid UK innovation push

Mondelēz International has appointed its next president for Northern Europe as it hopes to cement its lead in some of the region’s markets such as the UK.

Mondelēz plans sole US chocolate invasion with Milka Oreo and Green & Black's

Mondelēz plans to take its Milka Oreo brand to US chocolate market after its failed bid for Hershey and will expand its premium chocolate offerings with Green & Black’s....

Vonpar conslidates its candy, Neugebauer and Mu-Mu brands into one factory

Vonpar Alimentos, a beverage distributor for Coca-Cola and Heineken, has consolidated all candy production including its Neugebauer chocolate and Mu-Mu dulce de leche brands into one factory in Southern Brazil.

DKSH acquires China e-commerce distributor eSweets

Market expansion firm DKSH has acquired a majority stake in online premium confectionery distributor Shanghai Sweets International (eSweets).

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Part II: Bean to bar Nugali unveils chocolate coated bananas & cupuaçu plans

Nugali co-founder Ivan Blumenschein discusses how packaging reflects product quality and he outlines the challenges of exporting from Brazil for the premium chocolatier. 

INSIGHTS

‘Micro holidays’ can be a candy sales booster, says IRI

The major four holiday seasons accounted for nearly half of US  candy sales last year, but confectioners should also take advantage of “micro holidays”, says IRI.

INFOGRAPHIC

Top 10 chocolate brands: US candy market dollar sales rise

Mars M&M’s, Hershey’s Reese’s and Nestlé’s Butterfinger are among the top US chocolate brands for the year to date, but which are gaining and which are losing share?...

Industry Voices - top tips for startups from a master chocolatier

Bean to bar chocolate makers often stuck with cocoa ‘leftovers’

The bean to bar chocolate market is abound with below-par products as small companies are often left with cocoa unwanted by the major suppliers, says master chocolatier Frederic Loraschi.

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