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Duc d’O eyes growth in ‘dynamic’ Indian chocolate market

Belgian truffle maker Duc d’O has entered India through a distribution deal with Cosmo Fine Foods and hopes to target increasingly affluent Indian consumers.

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EuroFood signs confectionery licensing deal with Man Utd

Thai company European Food Public Company Ltd (EuroFood) has signed a deal with soccer club Manchester United to sell branded products in five countries in Southeast Asia.

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

The Ukrainian government has banned certain candy and chocolate products from part Russian state-owned firm United Confections.

Oligomers in cocoa may prevent obesity and reduce diabetes risk – mice study

Researchers believe a class of compounds found in cocoa known as oligomers may prevent weight gain and reduce diabetes risk, but the lead author says it is too soon to...

Cadbury's purple reign over: UK court blocks color trademark appeal

Mondelēz International owned Cadbury has exhausted all avenues of appeal to register a UK trademark for its Dairy Milk purple following an 10-year dispute with Nestlé.

‘We’re not big candy’: NCA says most confectioners are small to medium sized family companies

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has hit out at claims from the American Sugar Alliance that the confectionery industry is dominated by big players and is crying poor about...

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Mars Chocolate head to lead whole organization

Global president of Mars Chocolate Grant F. Reid will become president of Mars, Incorporated as Paul Michaels announces his retirement.

Novel conching process opens doors for small firms to produce own chocolate mass

A new conching process called coarse conching will make it more affordable for smaller chocolate companies to produce their own chocolate mass, according to researchers.

Barry Callebaut restores growth as Petra integration advances

Barry Callebaut has returned to net profit growth in its half year results as it further integrates the cocoa ingredients business acquired from Petra Foods.

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Voices from the International Sweeteners Association Conference in Brussels

What role could sweeteners play in weight and diabetes management? Should we be 'curing' obesity or preventing it? Who tells us what to eat and why do we listen to...

Cadbury ‘premiumizes’ Bournville for increasingly affluent Indian consumers

Mondelēz International has upped the cocoa content and revamped the packaging of its Cadbury Bournville brand in India to appeal to the growing middle classes.

2020 sustainable cocoa targets ‘a tall order’ – Intertek

Chocolate makers may struggle to guarantee their entire cocoa supply comes from a sustainable source by 2020 targets, according to auditing service Intertek.

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Mars opens $270m US factory

Mars Chocolate North America has opened a new facility in Topeka, Kansas, to produce M&M’s and Snickers.

‘Skepticism’ towards industry-funded sugar and calories research, says NCA

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has earmarked consumer education on calories and sugar as an industry priority for 2014 but admits there is skepticism about industry-funded research.

Pricier Swiss chocolate ‘holds its own’ in export markets

Switzerland’s chocolate industry grew sales in 2013 by increasing experts, in spite of the strength of the Swiss Franc against foreign currencies.

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Lindt gets a piece of bite-sized candy market with Ghirardelli Minis

Lindt will introduce bite-sized chocolates in stand-up pouches for its Ghirardelli brand in the US.

Retailers wear the trousers in candy packaging decisions – NCA editors

Retailers’ clout in confectionery packaging decisions is mounting after consolidation in the retail sector, according to the editors of a National Confectioners’ Association publication.

Consumers to candy makers: ‘You have 3 seconds to get my attention!’

Confectionery brands have just three seconds on the shelf to be noticed by consumers, according to Saatchi & Saatchi X. How can companies maximize these precious moments?

Bacteria behind dark chocolate’s health benefits - researchers

Bacteria in the stomach are responsible for dark chocolate’s positive health effects, according to researchers.

US retailers pressed to remove candy from checkout zones

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has hit out at US retailers for stocking confectionery at checkout counters.

Chocolate war: Soviet brand dispute behind Roshen factory raids

Russia has seized the Russian factories of Ukraine’s leading chocolate company Roshen.

‘There is no-one making gluten-free clusters’, says Carmit Candy

Israeli firm Carmit Candy has identified a market gap for a gluten-free version of the increasingly popular clusters format.

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Ferrero makes Fairtrade cocoa commitment after rule change

Italian confectioner Ferrero has agreed to purchase 20,000 MT of certified cocoa over 3 years under Fairtrade International’s new Cocoa Program.

Base strategy on ‘candy champions’ for big sales gains: NCA and DunnhumbyUSA

Confectioners should focus on the hard-core candy consumers that make up the bulk of sales, according to the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA) and DunnhumbyUSA.

Court refuses to dismiss Hershey child labor case

A US court has refused to dismiss a civil case against Hershey alleging complicity in illegal child labor and human trafficking on cocoa farms in West Africa.

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