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Denmark

Toms finds commercial success with cocoa tray fermentation

Danish confectioner Toms says its Ekstra chocolate brand that only uses tray fermented cocoa has proved that an initiative to support farmers and improve bean quality can also turn a profit....

WCF Partnership Meeting

One standard to bind them: Sustainable cocoa framework to go live in 2016

A voluntary framework for sustainable cocoa that could help align industry efforts will be introduced by the end of 2016, say those behind the standard.

Lost World: ICAM taps Amazonian cocoa for Vanini brand launch

Italian confectioner ICAM has launched premium chocolate brand Vanini in the US, which uses Bagua cocoa, grown in the Peruvian amazon.

WCF Partnership Meeting

Topsy turvy: Sustainable cocoa efforts are upside down, says WWF

Chocolate companies and certification organizations can get better productivity gains by improving underperforming cocoa farmers rather than rewarding top producers, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

WCF partnership meeting: The buzz on cocoa sustainability

What are the chocolate industry and NGOs saying about cocoa sustainability? Catch up with the social media buzz from the World Cocoa Conference’s partnership meeting.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

Nestlé CEO on missed target: ‘Usain Bolt doesn’t always run 100 metres in the same time either’

Nestlé’s share price fell 2.9% in early trading this morning as nine-month sales growth missed objectives.

AAK reaffirms fat reduction pledge

European oils and fats business Aarhus Karlshamn (AAK) has reaffirmed its commitment to help food manufacturers reduce saturated fats in their products with reformulation advice.

Isoglucose market 'wide open' for EU

Dairy and bakery businesses are expected to benefit from a change in the EU’s sugar policy, which would considerably boost isoglucose production, according to a leading industry analyst.

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Industry 'deeply concerned' by Ebola but no impact on big choc companies yet

Ebola is a huge humanitarian concern for the cocoa and chocolate industry, but contrary to some reports it is not yet having a major business impact for big chocolate players...

Hands off our legendary brand – Godiva takes legal aim at pub

Belgian chocolate maker Godiva has challenged a Swiss pub over its use of a “confusingly similar” image and name to its own, but says other references to the legend of...

Taste prediction model forms bedrock of Cargill’s stevia technology

Cargill, long a leader in stevia technology, says its taste prediction model forms the foundation of its new stevia technology, called viaTech.

Can stevia chocolate ever be a mainstream retail fixture?

Stevia chocolate is beginning to gain momentum in the US but could take at least a decade to achieve widespread acceptance among mainstream retail, according to stevia chocolate firm Coco...

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

Thorntons blames sales fall on supermarket order patterns

Thorntons has blamed its 11.9% fall in first quarter total group sales on the changing order patterns of supemarkets and other outlets.

Barry Callebaut sources 15% sustainable cocoa - but sets no timescales to scale up

Barry Callebaut has confirmed it is sourcing 15% of its cocoa from sustainable sources but has not set targets to scale up to 100%.

BBX Capital marks sixth premium confections buy with The Toffee Box

Investment firm BBX Capital has acquired Californian-based company The Toffee Box.

Interactive Map

The chocolate league tables 2014: Top 20 consuming nations

Which nations ate the most chocolate in 2014?

Interactive Map

The new world of chocolate: How is consumption in emerging markets developing?

The emerging BRIC and MINT markets consume less chocolate that developed nations, but levels are rising. Find out which are the standout markets.

Emergency relief

Cocoa and chocolate firms must act to stop Ebola spread, says Transmar Group

Cocoa Ingredients supplier Transmar has called on cocoa and chocolate companies to make a donation to the Red Cross or Caritas to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in...

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Industry cocoa sustainability efforts take center stage at WCF meeting

The chocolate industry’s biggest players will discuss how to move forward on cocoa sustainability at the World Cocoa Foundation’s meeting in Copenhagen next week. ConfectioneryNews will be there to bring...

Microbiological stability of confectionery fillings ‘compromised’ in quest for clean labels: Study

Confectioners’ products are at a greater risk of fungal spoilage when using clean label or alcohol free chocolate confectionery fillings, according to researchers.

News in brief

Guess who’s back? Crispy M&M’S to return after 10-year hiatus

Mars Chocolate North America will relaunch M&M’S Crispy Chocolate Candies next year following a 10-year lull.

Patent Watch

Chocolate for the summertime: Hershey develops heat resistant chocolate

Hershey has developed its own method to produce chocolate that can withstand hot climates following similar moves from Mondelēz, Mars and Nestlé.

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