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Cocoa processing still a ‘three horse race’ after Olam’s ADM Cocoa buy: Analyst

Olam’s $1.3bn deal to acquire ADM Cocoa is likely to have little impact on the price of cocoa ingredients for chocolate makers because grinding capacity is still concentrated with three...

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

Chocolate maker Mars has invested a total of US$140m in new manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase production of its Galaxy and Snickers lines.

International Chocolate Award winner Chocolat Madagascar

Creating fine chocolate ‘analogous to making wine’, says Chocolaterie Robert

International Chocolate Award winner Chocolaterie Robert says that fine chocolates, like fine wine, should process the main commodity freshly and at origin.

Cargill opens $100m Indonesian cocoa plant

Cargill has opened its first cocoa processing facility in Asia in the East Java region of Indonesia.

‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under...

The Easter egg of 2015: ‘Like a Picasso, it will be more an art piece’

Confectionery manufacturers are expected to put twists on classic Easter eggs in 2015 as consumers start to display Easter treats at home like works of art, according to Barry Callebaut.

Spice up the Indian premium chocolate market, says taster

Multinational chocolate manufacturers are failing to cater to Indian tastes and should experiment with spices such as green cumin and saffron, according to India’s only professional chocolate taster.

Food Empowerment Project urges transparency on child slavery

West Africa boycott needed for slave-free chocolate, says consumer group

The Food Empowerment Project has called on US chocolate makers to list cocoa country of origin on pack so consumers can avoid brands that use cocoa from West Africa, where...

Trendspotter

Crunch, acidity and shimmer in vogue, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut is receiving a growing number of requests for confections with sparkling colors that combine crunch and bitterness at its decorations lab in the Netherlands.

Hershey snaps up Jolly Rancher maker Allan Candy

Hershey has acquired its contract manufacturer for Jolly Rancher and Lancaster brands in North America Allan Candy, which also owns a series of Canadian confectionery brands.

Hershey may answer consumer calls to ditch corn syrup

Hershey is considering replacing high fructose corn syrup with sugar in its product range in response to consumer demands.

Cash injection to boost cocoa processing in Africa

 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has provided $350m to support cocoa processing in the four major producing countries in Africa.

United Cacao plots world’s largest cocoa plantation

United Cacao has listed on the London Stock Exchange to set up the world’s largest commercial cocoa plantation in Peru and promises fermentation to buyers’ standards.

Kit Kat shape mark triumphs in South Africa but stumbles in Singapore

Nestlé has successfully protected its trademark for the Kit Kat shape in South Africa, but has lost a similar case against Petra Foods in Singapore.

Slavyanka to acquire Orkla Brands Russia

Norwegian firm Orkla has reached an agreement to sell its Russian confectionery business to domestic firm Slavyanka.

10 chocolate trends for 2015: Millennials, protein and texture

Cargill and Innova Market Insights have highlighted key trends for chocolate in 2015 including the rise of real fruit inclusions, texture claims and transparent ingredient labelling.

ICCO extends cocoa surplus for 2013/14

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a larger surplus for the cocoa year just past and has noted an increase in origin grindings.

Clever chocolate: Can consumer-driven NPD work?

Incorporating a consumer-first approach to new product development can be advantageous for complex items like filled chocolates, claim researchers.

Victory for Hershey in Posh Nosh trademark war

A Californian court has upheld an injunction preventing Posh Nosh, an importer of UK candy, from selling a number of confectionery brands that Hershey contends infringe its marks.

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Weidenhammer targets biodegradable certification

Weidenhammer is attempting to have its composite cans certified as biodegradable.

Bringing chocolate home: Africa is more than the world’s cocoa basket, says Madécasse

The chocolate industry and fairtrade movement are perpetuating poverty in Africa by relying on the continent for it’s agricultural assets rather than manufacturing potential, says Madagascan chocolate maker Madécasse....

Sustainable chocolate: Mid-lifers like quality and ethics

Mid-life consumers aged 45-54 purchase chocolate regularly and sustainable messaging should capture their attention, says Canadean.

food manufacturing awards

Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Significant changes required for ‘light in calories’ chocolate

Chocolate makers must completely replace sugar and reduce fat content to a legal minimum to be able to make a ‘light in calories’ claim in the EU, according to Barry...

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

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